I am writing to object to a caption in your paper a couple of weeks ago. A caption of pictures of athletes said: “ because of social distancing laws.” To the best of my knowledge no such law has been made by any legislative body. It is a recommendation. I would like a response, or retraction. I realize that perhaps “laws” was used because of space restrictions on the picture captions, but I find it very troubling that these recommendations may appear to some as laws, and I think ours is still a free country.

Thank you for your consideration.

Jim Salmond

(Note: The caption in question was printed with the Friday Night Lights pictures in the April 16 issue of the Atchison County Mail. It read, in part, “Stadium lights were turned on to honor Tarkio seniors, but they did not take the field due to social distancing laws.”