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Letters, May 9

Get your vaccinations

I am imploring everyone to get your COVID vaccinations. EXPO now has vaccinations free to anyone over 16 years of age.

Worried about getting the vaccine? Consider this. You have never been a lifelong cripple, because you got a polio vaccine. Your children did not die of measles, mumps, whooping cough or smallpox because they were vaccinated. You don’t contract tetanus when stuck by your roses when gardening, because you were vaccinated!

Vaccines work. But only if everyone who can, gets them. We have a responsibility to protect the vulnerable among us — the elderly, young and immuno-compromised — by getting vaccinated.

Refusing masks or vaccines because of political ideology? I say: First, the arguments against masks and vaccines are ill-informed, specious. Secondly, This is not about you! It is about the vulnerable among us, and protecting everyone.

When you go in for surgery, the medical staff wear masks — not to protect themselves from you, but to protect you from

them — so they don’t contaminate you when you are vulnerable. Wearing masks and getting vaccinated shows concern and care for others: your family, friends, neighbors and community.

Do your part! Nothing could be more patriotic.

Lynn Kunstman

Medford

Local cheer program needs help

I am a parent of two young girls who have been lucky enough to participate in the Rogue Cheer Athletics program this year. For many children, this is the only safe and consistent time they have had for socialization because of COVID-19.

I cannot tell you how grateful I am for this program and the positive impact it has had on our community. The coaches and owners have really gone above and beyond to make sure all the children’s needs are met. It is also the only quality and affordable cheerleading program in our valley.

This year, the program has really struggled to find a place to call home. About 60 athletes participate, ranging from pre-kindergarten to the 12th grade. Our children need this structured social outlet now more than ever. It is my hope that you can help us reach out to our community to find an affordable place for our athletes to call home; being a part of this community for over 25 years, this program is a breath of fresh air and it would be a tremendous tragedy for it to close down due to the lack of a venue. I truly appreciate your time and consideration.

Kayleen Moss

Eagle Point