Kent Syverson: Why don't they wear a mask?

Letter writer criticizes leaders for not wearing a mask

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Time for a little history lesson. In 1840, William Henry Harrison was elected president.

On Inauguration Day, March 4, 1841, the weather that day featured freezing rain. Despite that, according to the sources I have, Harrison chose not to wear a hat or coat.

His inaugural speech lasted one hour and 40 minutes. He stood there unprotected that whole time.

Is it any wonder that he caught a head cold? Is it any wonder that it later developed into pneumonia? Just 31 days after taking office, Harrison died.

During the current pandemic, both President Trump and Vice President Pence are reluctant to wear masks.


They're both getting a lot of criticism for this, but they don't seem to care. Although, there had been at least one time when Trump or Pence did wear a mask, but reluctantly.

What if they both come down with the coronavirus? Let's see, the third in command is the Speaker of the House. Will it come down to this?

It's been said, those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Kent Syverson


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