Vaccine opponents risk tragedy for more than themselves

Again, I read the tragic lamentings of yet another anti-vaxxer from their death-bed over not getting their shots. Has it become “give me liberty or give me death?” Shallow words today for those left behind. As sad as these preventable acts of defiance may be, the real dilemma is the innocent people lost with them. Too be kind, know that the rest of us who have stepped forward are fed-up-to-here with this childish selfishness.

Look, we all live with infringements on our freedoms; speed laws, age-requirements, mandatory licenses and ever-changing business regulations for some examples. Yet they all share a common thread beyond the perceived over-reach; the public’s safety over individual wants, rights or freedoms.

How can it not be a reality check that the vast majority of the areas experiencing these latest surges in infections, are also predominately populated by the anti-this-or-that advocates for personal freedoms? Meanwhile, unnecessarily, the rest of us are again being put at increased risk.

Intriguingly, laying the surge locations over a map of the country reveals a general alignment with its ultra-conservative areas where, most oddly, it’s not problematic for government telling people who they can’t be, go, do, or love. How ironically insane, but one thing at a time. For right now, be a true patriot and please get your shots and mask up. Hey, the life you save just might be your own.

Dennis Doolittle

Arlington

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