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Letter: COVID-19 shouldn’t be part of our divisive politics


Many people are sick and tired of all the issues related to COVID-19. People argue that we should “unmask our children” and insist they have a right not to follow COVID guidelines.

COVID should never have been a political issue. No political official should have made mandates or policies, even if based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Food and Drug Administration. I am fed up with both major parties, which are responsible for this nation’s division. When our leaders belittle each other, our society will do the same thing.

It should have been the medical community, such as doctors, hospitals and more important the insurance companies that made precautions and vaccination a requirement.

During the Civil War, about 750,000 lost their lives in about four years. In fewer than two years more than 750,000 Americans have died of COVID-19, with many more to follow.

I can understand the division of views because we are a nation of division and an “I will do what I want” attitude. According to the CDC, there are still 34.1 million Americans who smoke, even after all the health warnings. People still get behind the wheel while intoxicated and still drive far above the speed limit, and of course gun violence is high. The value of human life doesn’t matter anymore.

I hope that enough people get vaccinated so that eventually this virus and all the issues that come with it will be eradicated.

Brian Ritz
South Heidelberg Township

Source: Berkshire mont

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