Let boomers make own decision on when it’s safe to go out

As a person over 65 who used to be active and involved in the community until Gov. Jay Inslee’s draconian chart of four phases went into effect, I find myself irate over the “nanny state” that has suddenly developed. We baby boomers are not being allowed to make our own decisions, but are, instead, being told to hide ourselves in our homes and not come out until some future, fuzzy, distant time in Phase 4. Even then, we are commanded to social distance.

Unless a person has a magnifying glass, it is impossible to read the tiny print under Inslee’s chart, set off by an asterisk, for “High Risk Populations.” Was this done on purpose so as to not alarm the older population? Some high and mighty medical expert in the CDC put a multitude of people in this dreaded category. I was shocked to see all people 65 and over included, whether healthy or not.

The entire scenario we are now seeing is ageist and stereotypical for seniors in every category. We can decide for ourselves what to do about our health as we read the facts.

Linda Jinkens

Arlington

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