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ALBA FAFAGLIA, San Clemente

I remember Gov. Newsom speaking to us one year ago in March of 2020. He told us how deadly the virus is.

He followed the advice of experts on contagious diseases. He followed science. Gov. Newsom issued mandates to temporarily close businesses. We had to shelter in place and leave the house only for essentials, or to walk our dogs.

I believed him. I followed his advice and mandates while others protested in large numbers about their “freedom,” and infringement on their rights for having to wear a mask or not being able to go to a restaurant or bar, and having to maintain social distance.  

Today, one year later, I am well and hopeful. I have had two vaccinations and have the antibodies to fight the virus. I thank Gov. Newsom for following science and listening to the experts.  

The campaign to recall Gov. Newsom is partisan. The people promoting this would want to recall any governor who is a Democrat. In Gov. Newsom’s case, it started even before the pandemic.  

It is being promoted by the radical right wing of the Republican Party, mostly Trump supporters, who believe the election was stolen. They are the anti-mask wearers, the anti-vaxxers, and are anti-Dr. Fauci—in short, people who believe that mandates from the governor for the common good infringe on their freedom.  

If they were in charge, I probably wouldn’t be alive today writing this letter to the San Clemente Times.

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