In a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Burgum suggested that local business owners should offer discounts to patrons who wear masks. As a business owner himself, he should know that every discount a business owner offers is money out of that owner's pocket.

The governor, afraid of the political ramifications of a mask mandate, is passing the responsibility and cost of protecting his constituents to businesses already ravaged by the pandemic.

So much for being pro-business.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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