bransonglobe.com OPINION • LETTERS Continued from page 6 not be the best source of scientific surveys but over 80% of our guests want the freedom to choose masks and other PPE. They want the government to stand down. They didn’t come here to bring us disease but to be refreshed and recharged from their own seasons of despair. Over 85% of our customers are guests. Mayor Best knew that 70% of the people who come to Branson come for the shows. We’re all about shows, rollercoasters and entertainment. What an honor! That’s what drives our economy! We make a sandwich and remind people to head out to Silver Dollar City or catch a show at the Clay Cooper Theater. The money we make lets up shop for groceries at Natures Wonders, have our oil changed at Pennzoil and get our hair cut at Fat Donny’s. Can you imagine the ripple-effect when theaters are empty and 100’s of employees are without work? We love our local patrons but we require our out-oftown guests to remain afloat. We’re a hospitality community. We’ve talked to the Aldermen and Mayor over and over how the majority of our guests have no desire to be mandated where to sit, what to wear and how to think about their health. We have such amazing veterans who know what freedom costs. The majority of the Aldermen and the Mayor have been deaf to our cries. They mock our misery with sarcasm like “Encourage you to work on a plan B”. I have no Plan B. My plan is to keep my employees paid so they can care for themselves and their families. My plan is to greet every guest that comes through our door with the energy and enthusiasm of a town that wants them here. My plan is to honor all the entertainers and hospitality businesses that are standing strong. My plan is to keep my doors open as long as I can endure so my employees are provided for. The Aldermen acted like this Mask Mandate had a 50:50 community survey result. They felt, again, the need to break the tie in their liberal fashion. Thank your Mr. Milton for your outstanding character and your understanding of the Branson travel industry and the plight of small businesses in Branson. It’s been said, “The coronavirus will come and go but the government will never forget how easy it was to take control of your life; to control every sporting event, classroom, restaurant table and church pew.” Darin S. Frantz Owner, Schlotzsky’s - Branson, MO and Owasso, OK Goggles anyone? Dear Editor, Now Dr. Fauci thinks it would be good for people to wear goggles to battle to prevent the spread of the Chinese Virus. So I’m sure the Taney County Health Department and the Branson City Council will most likely want to adopt an ordinance for mandatory goggles in the city. Probably William Mahoney has already contacted the Mayor to discuss this important matter. James Plummer Branson Help Support Branson local businesses @bransonlocalbusinesses.com Aug 2 - 4, 2020 • 7

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