LETTER: Personal responsibility

I would ask the crowd of anti-vax/anti-mask advocates who threatened Dr. Allison Berry because of mandates to protect our community from COVID-19 to go back and read the preamble to our Constitution.

“We the people” have a responsibility to “provide for the common defense” (against the virus) and “to promote the general welfare.”

This is exactly what Dr. Berry is doing.

Our Constitution is a commitment to a safe, peaceful and healthy environment for all people.

The freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights do not exempt an individual from responsibility to the greater good for all people in our communities.

It is a personal choice to refuse the vaccine or to wear a mask.

Simultaneously, it is a personal responsibility to respect the decisions made to protect all people during this public health crisis.

Virginia Hietpas


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