To the Editor:
A recent letter writer encourages us “to think for ourselves.” I could not agree more, but for reasons much different than those indicated.
When I am out and about I wear a mask, not so much for my benefit as for the sake of others. All I ask in return is that others do the same. Have respect for those who believe in the value of using some kind of face covering. Maintain social distancing. Honor their space. After all, we are all in this together, and together we can limit the spread of this virus. It has already taken too many lives.
The writer raises a lot of “what ifs” and then suggests that Joe Biden and others are engaged in “fear-mongering.” I wonder who is doing the “fear-mongering.” The examples cited have nothing to do with a common-sense approach to dealing with a deadly virus, but read more like a catalog of right-wing conspiracy theories.
All too many people have been affected by this virus. Consider the pain of those not being with a loved one during their final moments. Consider the loss of family members whose medical conditions were such that there was little defense left to resist this new scourge. Consider the photos in the paper of people socially engaged and not taking words of caution seriously. Read the obituaries and note how many are for people born after World War II. Go to the grocery store, the hardware store, the convenience store and you will see normally reasonable people exercising their so-called right to do as they please. To quote a well-known personality: “How sad.”
And, guess what? We all end up paying a price. Yes, there is a time to “think for ourselves.” Now is one of them. I happen to believe we were all gifted with a good dose of common sense. Let’s use it, and together we might be able to limit the spread of this pandemic.
Roger V. Asplund