Everyone knows about the coronavirus pandemic, but does everyone grasp the importance of wearing a mask in public? Sadly, apparently not. 

Does everyone understand that not wearing a mask puts others at risk as well as themselves? Apparently not. 

Does everyone understand that the virus will be with us for a long, long time until we can achieve “herd immunity,” and that as long as the virus is with us, the economy will not be able to recover? Apparently not.

When I go out, with my mask on, I inevitably see individuals in stores who aren’t wearing masks. Many of the shoppers I saw at Kroger the other day didn’t have masks on. I saw customers without masks in CVS. 

Do these people not feel any responsibility toward others? Do they feel no concern about whether they are potentially spreading the virus to other people, some of whom could die from it? Their lack of masks baffles and dismays me.

Just like many individuals, most businesses could do more, but until city and county officials take a position and set firm limits rather than rely on voluntary action, freeing our citizens and our economy from Covid-19’s stranglehold doesn’t stand much of a chance. 

We can wish, but wishing won’t make it so. Leaders of some Alabama communities understand this and have already required citizens to wear masks. Will ours take the leap and courageously find a way to steer our area to recovery?


Karni Perez

Auburn resident


All should ready Youngblood's column


In response to Ms. Susan Youngblood's piece, of July 2, "Want to make a Holocaust comparison? Please don't," I only wish this could be read to every American citizen. 

Part of the problem is ignorance. Not realizing that Germany does not maintain statues venerating Hitler or Nazism in general is key and may not be realized. 

What exists are memorials to the victims. If memorials for the Confederacy were the same as the cited Auschwitz, it would mean Confederate memorials would be to the victims of slavery. Big difference. 

If people cannot see the difference, there needs to be further explanation or else there is simply a refusal to see this reality. Thank you for speaking out and let us hope you have enlightened.


Jackie Hartman

Auburn resident


'What I believe'


In this day and time many are expressing their thoughts and opinions, some I agree with and some I don’t.  It’s the same with articles and commentaries that appear in newspapers, TV broadcasts, and Facebook. It has caused me to reflect upon what I believe:  

I believe our country is in a mess and I don’t believe any particular political party, politician, ruler, or mere man has the solution to our problems. I believe the solution lies in Chronicles 7:14.

I believe in my Heavenly Father, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

I believe the Bible is the inspired word of God.

I believe in Faith, Family, and Fundamentals.

I believe in America and its heritage, both good and bad.

I believe I’m blessed to have been born in the United States of America, in the State of Alabama, and raised by hardworking parents who worked hard for whatever we had, and taught me to do the same.

I believe the U.S. flag, our National Anthem, and American citizens should be honored and respected.

I believe America is a special place, the “Auburn Creed” is a special set of fundamental beliefs, Auburn is a special place to live and “I love it”!

I believe there is prejudice in our country, though not as much as some portray. I also believe it goes both ways.

I believe I have prejudice in my heart, not against anyone’s color, race, sex, religion, etc., but prejudice against sorriness in whatever form it presents itself.

I believe black lives matter.  I don’t believe in the “Black Lives Matter” organization and the beliefs of its originators. I believe what could have been a meaningful movement has been hijacked by vandalizers, looters, rioters, anarchists, arsonists, murderers, and profiteers.

I believe in peaceful protests and peaceful protesters, but I don’t believe in mob rule, antifa, KKK or any other groups that infringe on my rights or the rights of others.

• I believe in law and order and our law enforcement officials. Weed out the weak ones and strengthen the good ones. Don’t “Defund the Police.”  Instead give them a pay raise.

I believe in being responsible for my mistakes, my shortcomings, and my sins. I don’t believe I am responsible for the mistakes, shortcomings or sins of my ancestors, nor should I be expected to redeem myself of such.

I don’t believe that everything that appears good is good. Nor do I believe that everything that is promoted as bad is bad.

I don’t believe everything that I read in the newspaper or see on TV. I do believe in “the free press” and respect honest, straight forward journalism. I believe there is “fake news.”

I believe others will not agree with all that I believe and that’s okay.


Jimmy DeVenny

Auburn resident

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