Dear Editor,

My wife Angela was the one who created, organized and put the parade together for the Drive for Hope.

Thank you for the coverage, but the real reason we did it was because she saw a real struggle in our community and felt in a hopeless time when many suffer from depression that it would lift the spirits of those in a time when it was needed most.

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Our Governor has already stripped away the right to safely get outdoors with our families while maintaining a reasonable and safe distance by shutting down state parks and hiking and biking trails which in this strange time was the one way we could get out of the house.

I talked to many people who feel the same way and feel they are closer in distance when they have to cross the street every ten feet in their neighborhood so as not to come within six feet of the person in front of them on our narrow streets and sidewalks.

So when he says he's not a fan of people safely spreading hope in a time of sadness when grandparents can't hug and kiss their grandkids, then pardon me for saying shame on him!

And you can quote me on that.