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Letters, May 4

Vaccine passport needed

So in Jackson County we are once again in extreme designation because there are more than 300 beds in hospitals devoted to COVID-19 patients even though our local counties have plenty of capacity. Why should we suffer because of Multnomah County?

From a perspective of medical science, we need to move to a system that allows businesses that have vaccinated staff to serve patrons who have proof of vaccination as there is a high degree of safety. This would allow those of us who have been vaccinated to participate in “normal” activities (pre-COVID) and give an incentive for others to get vaccinated so they can, too.

This could be in the form of a “vaccine passport” either electronic or paper copy, that those who have been vaccinated can present to be admitted to various venues such as OSF, Britt or any of our restaurants, wineries, pubs and taverns that depend upon customer volume and turnover to allow them to serve enough patrons to survive financially. Since vaccine is available for anyone over 16 and there is unused vaccine being wasted, please be logical, get vaccinated, feel safe, enjoy doing things that are safe for you and others.

David Donnelly, M.D.

Eagle Point

Don’t blame the governor

Thank you to Jan Lippen-Holtz (April 29) and Peter Anastos (April 30) for pointing out that Gov. Kate Brown did not cause COVID and is not the responsible entity for us moving back to the extreme category.

We were all warned that this could happen, and we were encouraged to do our part to quell the disease — get immunized, wear a mask, practice social distancing and avoid crowds. Did we all do that? Obviously not, since our infection rate in Jackson County has steadily increased.

So, don’t blame the governor. She’s in a “damned if you do and damned if you don’t” position. It’s up to each and every one of us to do our part to control this ugly disease.

And, to those who demonstrated at the Expo when the governor was in town calling her a Nazi, find something to do with your time and energy that can actually make a positive difference. If you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem.

Lastly, for those restaurants (I won’t give you free advertising by mentioning your name) thumbing their nose at the state and defying orders to stop inside service, you’ve lost my business forever.

Linda Holder