Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
My husband and I have been vaccinated against COVID-19. We accept the duty of wearing masks when required or appropriate. Because this is a highly contagious disease that will decimate our population and our way of life if not controlled, the idea of personal choice in the matter of fighting it should be set aside. Instead, Americans should accept a united responsibility to defeat this virus. It is the virus, not our government, that threatens our freedom. Not one of us wants for ourselves, our children or others the kind of freedom found in a hospital bed.
Our government provides COVID vaccines at no cost to us and manages the logistics required to deliver them. Having tried to convince all Americans of the necessity of vaccinations and masks, eventually government will have to mandate both for those who have not accepted personal responsibility for their own survival and the survival of fellow Americans. In a democracy, medical mandates are only imposed as a last resort and only needed when the health and safety of all is threatened. Responsible government will have no choice about mandates if it is to lead our nation to final victory.
Those who have enlisted in the fight against COVID-19 and its variants by following common sense medical and scientific guidelines need the support of the rest of their fellow Americans. We should not be fighting each other; we should be united in our fight against COVID. COVID is our common enemy. Vax-up! Mask-up! Form up! Wash-up! Don’t wait to be drafted. Don’t aid the enemy. Just think of us all as COVID freedom fighters and brothers and sisters in this war against a deadly and sinister shape-shifting alien invader.