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Letters, Aug. 22

Wallan wrong on COVID

Rep. Kim Wallan’s newsletter carping about an indoor mask mandate, especially for schools, is frankly immoral.

Wallan concedes our hospitals are “at capacity,” our situation “currently the worst in the state.” Nothing about her role in dragging us down the wrong road. Would she turn Jackson County into Florida?

Last summer, local educators at all levels fought the battle of their careers on two fronts. Many volunteered to meet their communities’ urgent need for food. Likewise, they were preparing at the drop of a hat to deliver education online. No easy task!

Where was Wallan? Taking political cheap shots. Rather than confront Jackson County’s urgent needs, she harassed schools to make immediate plans so “sports could resume safely.” Billion-dollar pro teams found that impossible!

Wallan told the MT, “children don’t get COVID.” I pointed out that infected children sometimes die excruciating deaths. “Long-haulers” suffer mental and physical impairments.

Wallan demands “metrics” that masking works? Where’s she been? We’re fighting for lives. Masks, distancing and vaccination are our only weapons. Vaccine mandates are needed in schools — and nothing new. Wallan should back them as they’re approved for children and stop politicizing pandemic. Neither she nor our county commissioners got COVID right.

Alberto Enriquez

Medford

Head-scratching irony

One of the head-scratching ironies of the anti-vax/anti-mask crowd is that they ignore the advice of doctors and other medical personnel that the best way to end any restrictions is to mask up indoors and get the vaccination. Going further, some protest and engage in violence to assert their freedom to infect.

However, when the unvaccinated get a serious case of COVID, they will go to the hospital where the same doctors whose advice they rejected will treat them, many times using emergency authorization medication while wearing the necessary protective gear. There will be no protests about mandatory mask wearing at the hospital or other basic hygiene measures, nor will there be any objections for using any medications that will help save their lives.

This is irrational behavior in the extreme, and it is prolonging a pandemic that has already taken over 620,000 lives and has filled local hospitals to capacity or beyond.

Ken Chapman

Applegate

Employer responsibility

I won’t be donating blood at the Red Cross center for a while — at least not until they require their clinicians be vaccinated.

I suspected the clinician who drew my blood was not vaccinated when she said something about vaccinations being “a choice” and “people have different opinions.” A subsequent call confirmed that the Red Cross is “following CDC guidelines” and not requiring vaccinations for donors, volunteers or employees.

The value of the scientific method is that it replaces opinions with verifiable data. The vaccine has been proven effective. It’s time for the Red Cross and other employers dealing intimately with the public to step out from behind the shield of the CDC and require their employees be vaccinated. A higher vaccination rate could have mitigated if not averted this current surge in COVID.

Dale Gates

Ashland