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Letter: Don’t take away virus control from local health officials

Letter: Don’t take away virus control from local health officials

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Regarding “Missouri Republicans moving to strip power from local leaders during public health emergencies” (Jan. 21): Once again, some members of the Missouri Legislature are attempting to limit the ability of local governments to enact rules and laws that apply to their local population.

Missouri state senators are attempting to limit the ability of county executives and health departments to impose controls intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus. When speaking of the current pandemic, Sen. Bob Onder said “I think there’s this illusion on the part of politicians that we can somehow control this.” Sen. Onder should know that it’s not a coincidence that the local governments that took early steps to require face coverings and restrict the occupancy of some businesses have had the most success controlling the spread of the virus. These governments include St. Louis and St. Louis County and the surrounding counties. So let the local governments run their cities and counties as they see best for the safety of their citizens.

Bob Hoff • O’Fallon, Mo.

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