LETTER TO THE EDITOR
With the 4th of July right around the corner, I have been thinking about freedom. Perhaps I have been thinking about it more than usual because of the pandemic. I do not choose to give myself the freedom to live as I did before Covid 19. My thoughts have turned to freedom not only because of my restrictive choices for myself, but also because I cannot understand the choices many others are making.
You have the freedom to not wear a mask, but why wouldn’t you? It’s a no brainer: You have more protection and so do those around you.
You have the freedom to worship in a group without masks and healthy distancing, but why would you? Aren’t most religions based on sacrifice? Why wouldn’t you proudly sacrifice for others?
You have the freedom to visit friends and family that you are not quarantining with, but why would you? Do you not love them enough to stay away so that you don’t risk their lives? Especially in these times of Zoom and Skype and a dozen other face to face computer communication avenues to choose from.
Is your vanity so great that you would risk your life (possibly bring germs home to your loved ones) for a haircut? You’re kidding. Right? Why would you?
You have the freedom to make good choices.
You have the freedom to be kind to others.
You have the freedom to live responsibly.
You have the freedom to live without hate.
You have the freedom to make this world a better place.
Instead of griping about the freedoms you think are being infringed upon, embrace the abundance of freedoms that will lift all of us up. Freedoms that are right there at your fingertips. Freedoms that will make you glad to be alive and glad that you live in a country that supports those freedoms.
Wearing a mask isn’t a burden or a political statement: It is common sense. It protects you and those you love. Exercise your right to protect your family by protecting yourself and others from Covid 19.
Lincoln City, OR