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Letters, Sept. 2

Think of greater good

I am so grateful to the health care professionals who are doing the incredibly hard job caring for the acutely and critically ill patients many of them afflicted with COVID-19. They are overwhelmed. It is heartbreaking.

To have a protest against the vaccine mandate right in front of our hospital treating mostly the people who chose not to get the vaccine was demeaning. It dishonored these health care providers who deserve respect.

One protester voiced concern about losing their job because of the choice to remain unvaccinated. Seems like a larger concern would be getting ill with the virus and risking death, long-term health problems and yes, the risk you impose on others.

One individual argued that “we’ve been living with bacteria and viruses for a long time. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” It’s been medical expertise, public health guidance and the development of medicines and vaccines that have provided treatment and protection from the former.

The loss of life and the toll on our human psyche has been significant. Get the vaccine and wear a mask. Let’s move beyond ourselves and think of the greater world, the greater good.

Linda McGrath

Ashland

Commissioners don’t get it

I have been communicating with Rick Dyer for a few weeks now and Sunday’s news story confirms my realization that our commissioners don’t get it.

They think getting more treatment options is the goal and while at this point it is necessary, the goal is to stop the spread of this delta variant by getting folks vaccinated.

I think Dr. Jim Shames as well as the doctors and nurses treating these COVID-19 patients would agree.

Char Hersh

Ashland

Leaders, not politicians

We frequently set the wrong expectation for the people we elect. It is essential that we understand that we are electing people to serve as leaders.

We must break the habit of seeing and labeling elected people as “politicians.” Once we use this term, we lower our expectations and we don’t hold them accountable. We say things like “after all, he or she is a politician.”

On the other hand, if we change our thought pattern and use the term “leader,” we raise our expectations and, most importantly, we hold elected people accountable. We don’t let them off the hook for doing a poor job. But we also support and appreciate them.

The onus is on us, the voters, to stop electing politicians and start electing leaders.

Bruce Kelling

Medford