Paying the price
To the letter writer who said that he “[doesn’t] know anyone who didn’t violate this order over the Thanksgiving holiday,” I’m writing to introduce myself. He was referring to the part of the level-red health order that states “two or more people not from the same household in public or private is prohibited.” My partner and I spent a quiet Thanksgiving at home alone. We both have big families that opted to stay home to keep each other safe. We made a full Thanksgiving dinner, complete with all the trimmings, and visited with our loved ones over Zoom. It was a lovely day, and at the end of it we felt good about our family being willing to show our love to each other by keeping each other safe.
To the letter writer who said, sarcastically, “unelected bureaucrats know better than we do,” yes, they do. The officials who work at our state and local health departments are trained health professionals who have the scientific expertise required to keep a community safe during a pandemic. Unless you are a trained epidemiologist or public health official, you do not have that knowledge. That’s why we hire these folks... to use their expertise to keep us safe.
I’m sorry that so many put themselves and their short-term wants and desires above the safety of the community. It is why our nation has among the highest per capita number of cases in the world, to say nothing of our rate of hospitalizations and deaths. We are all paying a price for the unwillingness of some to do what’s best for all. Some are too weak to weather an emergency like this, and I’m sad for them and all who they endanger. For the majority out there who are making daily sacrifices for the love of their families, communities, and nation, I am grateful.
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