Letters, Sept. 1
I’m finding it harder and harder to get out of bed in the morning. After the second summer in a row of smoky air and pandemic restrictions, I don’t seem to want to do much of anything. I’m a homebody by nature, but even I have been finding it more and more difficult to shake off the “why bother” feeling.
I’ve used my patio exactly twice this year. There have been no fun activities, no get-togethers, no trips. Every day I get up, stay indoors, and go to bed. It’s been two years of this.
I firmly believe that if everyone would just take the vaccine we could all get back to a somewhat normal life, in spite of the smoke. I know I’m going to offend people I love, but if you don’t get the vaccine simply as a matter of choice, you are making life miserable and difficult for everyone.
I know there are people who can’t get it for medical reasons, but if your only reason is personal choice, then I am quickly losing respect for you. You can say “my body, my choice,” but when your choice affects everyone else’s life, you’re being selfish and irresponsible.
If you don’t trust the government, the FDA, the CDC, the state and county health departments, or your physician who tell you that the vaccines are safe and very effective, and you need to get one to help keep the hospitals from overflowing, then please, please don’t change your mind when you get sick.
If you do get sick, those same doctors, using FDA medicines (perhaps monoclonal antibodies, which only have emergency use authorization) and treatment methods per CDC standards, in a certified hospital — all those things you don’t trust.
Please, just stay consistent and choose to die at home. Save those hospital beds for guys like me who are at high risk of stroke or blood vessel ruptures, or my spouse who may have a heart attack. We believe in all those things you don’t, are vaccinated, and try hard to follow expert advice and use FDA approved medicines.
An equitable solution
It seems that half the county’s population is anti-vaccination and anti-masking, while the other 50% has gotten vaccinated and is concerned that there are no available hospital beds.
I suggest that 50% of hospital beds be set aside for the vaccinated and the unvaccinated can have the other 50%. I’ll respect your choice not to get vaccinated or wear a mask if you limit your use of communal resources (i.e., hospitals) to an equitable proportion.