Richard Haslag: Remembering individual responsibility during pandemic |

Richard Haslag: Remembering individual responsibility during pandemic

I am amazed at the number of people willing to proclaim the pandemic is a hoax, while there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Many of these same people are willing to believe that widespread voting fraud has affected the outcome of the latest election, while there is no creditable evidence to support this claim.

I am disheartened to see the number of people who are blaming their economic woes on government mandated shutdowns, while seeming to forget that the pandemic is the root of our issues. Shutdowns, while painful, have been proven to be effective in slowing the spread of the virus. The sooner the virus is under control the sooner business begins to return to normal. Of course there are many people hurting from the economic downturn and the pain has been spread disproportionately. In the meantime we hear one of the sticking points to an agreement of future federal government relief is provision of aid to state and local governments. Who do the elected officials think they are protecting? State and local governments provide services to the same people that Congress and the President proclaim to be representing. Those same people just happen to be tax payers and voters.

I hear a lot of people complaining about the erosion of their individual rights during this pandemic. I hear little talk about individual responsibilities. Someone taught me early in life that with every right and freedom our country affords us, comes a responsibility to protect those same rights of others. Of course we are free to ignore recommended safety protocols such as wearing a mask, but we have the responsibility to do what we can to prevent the spread of the virus to others.

When will common sense become common again?

Richard Haslag


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