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LETTER: City's approach to freedom rallies 'very difficult to understand,' says couple

'We, too, believe in free speech as long as it does not put others at risk,' say Barrie residents
25-04-2021 Rally152
Another large crowd attended Saturday's 'freedom rally' at Meridian Place in downtown Barrie.

BarrieToday welcomes letters to the editor at [email protected]. Please include your daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). The following is an open letter to Barrie's mayor and council about the ongoing protests being staged at Meridian Place every weekend. 

Dear Mayor Jeff Lehman and Council,

As citizens of Barrie, my wife and I would like to thank you for all the work you do for the town in general.

We, too, believe in free speech as long as it does not put others at risk. The freedom rallies, with hundreds of  people not wearing masks or practising distancing, are at cross purposes with the rest of the population that are obeying the recommendations of doctors in trying to put an end to the pandemic we are in.

Why the town permits these rallies to take place continually, while preventing a controlled number of masked citizens from entering stores and restaurants, is very difficult to understand.

Please help end this pandemic by refusing to allow these "freedom rallies" to continue.

The police, issuing a few tickets, is obviously ineffective.

Sam Amodeo and Bernice Tindall