Last Friday we passed the two week mark after getting second Covid-19 vaccinations. So my first trip out of Atlanta in a year was in order. My wife had never been to Milledgeville (I had told her how lovely it is) and after recently watching a Flannery O'Connor documentary, we thought a day trip to your small city would be a great way to safely exercise newfound freedom. Indeed, Milledgeville as I had remembered has beautiful old neighborhoods, handsome campuses, and a cute thriving downtown. In a nutshell, it is the quintessential, charming, historic southern town. But what was not so beautiful or charming was the nearly wholesale absence of masks and social distancing! Groups of maskless people, young and older walked around the downtown sidewalks going in and out of shops and eateries close to others, seemingly oblivious to the fact that there is still a deadly pandemic raging. We drove by what I believe was a sorority or fraternity house where a very large number of mask-free people crowded around the porch. I would have thought that after having suffered a huge number of infections early on in the pandemic, students in Milledgeville would take protection and spread more seriously. It wasn't just students though that we saw sans masks in your town — it was nearly everyone. You have a lovely town, so be lovely yourselves — start caring for one another (if not yourselves) and mask up. To refuse is to is both selfish and unpatriotic.