Letters to editor logo 7-12-21

Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

The current COVID-19 pandemic is our World War II moment. Approximately 400,000 Americans died in a war that lasted four years. We have lost 650,000 lives to COVID-19 in less than three years. After Japan attacked us, the overwhelming majority of Americans saw their duty at home and abroad and just did it. Not always without complaint or problems, but they did it for the sake of their country and their fellow Americans. Contrast that today to the 25% of Americans who refuse to be vaccinated, claiming it’s their "right" to choose. I can imagine a different outcome if that many people had refused to participate in the war effort.

We are in the middle of yet another COVID surge as bad as the original, and there is another variant looming. This is a "Groundhog Day" moment, and until we break the cycle, our lives will never be normal, and more Americans will needlessly die.

To the unvaccinated who have no medical or religious issues with the vaccine, my message is this:

You can continue to be selfish, or you can choose to be selfless. Protect your own life and the lives of those around you who cannot be vaccinated. And to those who are vaccinated, show some tough love toward those people in your life who choose to be selfish.

There is a famous photo from World War II of Rosie the Riveter, showing a young woman with sleeve rolled saying “We Can Do It!” It’s time for unvaccinated Americans to do the same. Roll up your sleeve and take the shot. We can win this war!

Roger Oleson