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Letters, July 26

Do your patriotic duty

“The American dream was founded upon holding dear the values of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” That dream has been fulfilled most often when there is a respectful balance between these three noble goals.

The current reticence to COVID vaccinations emphasizes “liberty” (i.e., the choice not to be vaccinated) at the expense of “life” (the risk to the lives of the unvaccinated, their loved ones, their caregivers and those innocents who do not understand the peril).

Thus, going unvaccinated in the face of the overwhelming evidence of the many benefits of the vaccine not only threatens the “life” of so many of us, it also threatens the balance of values which is the American dream. So, to my unvaccinated fellow Americans, I say: Do your patriotic duty and roll up your sleeves — now! — before another tragic, preventable surge occurs!

John Forsyth

Medford

‘Fannie’ presents timely message

“Ballots or Bullets,” sang the actress, her character fearing voter-suppression could get violent. That’s just one theme that seemed like an echo brought back to life for current times. We were touched and impressed — we a group from the League of Women Voters, who attended the OSF opening production of “Fannie: Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer” (staring a remarkable gift from Chicago, E. Faye Butler).

I sweated in my seat that was just starting to cool for the night. Yet, without pause, this dynamic singer displayed stamina and the strong-willed determination of the real-life civil-rights activist she portrayed. Don’t miss it.

Butler’s one-woman show, delivered non-stop for more than 80 minutes, struck directly to the heart of those of us who persistently attempt to work in Fannie’s shadow. I’m not certain how Butler managed it; our group barely had time to breathe as she transitioned to each voting-rights episode. No doubt, our breathing was made worse resisting tears over injustices that Fannie faced, along with sad losses, frustration and courage. Predictably, the League of Women Voters has supported voting rights for decades, and the timely sign that floated over Butler’s performance of Fannie captured it all — “To Hope is To Vote.”

Barbara Klein, LWV Rogue Valley action chair

Ashland