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From a dear friend who knows: A quick lesson about autoimmune diseases and COVID-19. It is a disease where instead of your white blood cells protecting your body from invaders, they turn around and attack your cells, tissues and organs.

Many feel the world is out of control right now, governments are lying, people are dying, rights of Americans are being stripped, jobs are being lost, the future is bleak, the economy is weak.

You have had two major articles in the Telegram recently, noting the 4,500 Bell County residents who filed protests on their 2020 tax appraisals. My husband and I are among them.

Thought produces language but without language there cannot be thought. The language we choose to frame our thought is far from negligible. It matters.

Today, I came upon some information most people apparently have not bothered to research. I visited the Mayo Clinic website regarding face masks, asking two questions: How much protection do face masks offer, and does any mask filter out exhaled contaminate.

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These are interesting times — more than 40 million people have lost their jobs, thousands of small businesses closed, some to never reopen, and food banks operating at full capacity.

This is in defense of the Temple Daily Telegram and a response to Robert Burke’s letter published on May 21. I believe that the Telegram provides a great balanced mix of editorials that present several different views of events that are occurring in our world.

Between politics and COVID-19, I thought I might throw in a true change of pace note to remind people that there is a bit of humor to be found in the world.

I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoy the photographs by Nan Dickson. What a great addition to the paper and a true artist.

Kudos to the gentleman’s plea in the May 22 letter to the editor. I hope many people read it and if they are not wearing their mask, please do.

I would like to address the gentleman who last week took issue with the Telegram’s balanced reporting. I believe he thought that the paper was too far right leaning.

I’m astounded that in all the comparisons with other fatal statistics the concept of geometric contagion gets buried. Even the comparisons to things like traffic fatalities or war, that don’t have the geometric multiplier component.

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the critical importance of medical research. As Congress addresses needs of our nation’s most vulnerable impacted by coronavirus, they continue work to address another devastating disease affecting millions — Alzheimer’s.

Accolades and gratitude to Steve Patterson who led the opposition to the proposed service station/convenience store at the intersection of Hickory and Midway.

In regard to Mr. Robert Burke’s letter of May 21 criticizing this newspaper I would like to enlighten him on the fair or unfair coverage of “far right” politics vs. “far left” politics.