(Candid By Liz)
Unfortunately, President Trump and elements of the far right have politicized the wearing of masks as somehow violating a person’s individual rights. This is a level of insanity. Do people complain that their rights are being violated if the law compels them to wear shoes in order to enter a food store? Did Americans, as a people, not follow the restrictions imposed upon them in World War II? Do we, as a society, accept and embrace that children should travel in safety car seats? Do we, as a nation, understand the importance of laws and the controls imposed on people by those legal requirements? These are only a few examples of rules that are instituted for the safety of individuals and society. We, as a people, must recognize that individual rights are important, but just as important is societal responsibility.
The wearing of masks is not only to protect the person with the mask but also others around that person. Wearing of masks can help protect the people you love, your friends, your family, and others you do not know.
The wearing of masks in this medical pandemic is not only being responsible, but it is also being patriotic. Remember, that we are all in this time and circumstance together.
Stay safe and healthy!
My parents were in the generation that faced the twin horrors of The Great Depression and World War Two. They experienced economic hardships past anything that we are suffering today. They fought a war against two tyrannies in Japan and Germany. They fought in a war, that at the most conservative, estimate killed 56 million people. The Greatest Generation did not worry about being inconvenienced; they did not let fear stop them. They did what they had to do, and they sacrificed in ways that are almost incomprehensible to people today.
I shake my head when I see people protesting the lockdowns that are aimed at saving lives. They speak of inconvenience. Could these people have fought World War Two or lived through the hardships of the Great Depression? I think not. I know people are frustrated, but people gathering in crowds in protests, with no masks, are begging not only to be infected with Covid-19, but also they will spread it to others, including their loved ones, workers, and health care people. What can justify such selfishness?
We, as a society, need to learn from the sacrifices, the strength, and the courage of the Greatest Generation.
Today is National Doctors’ Day, and I want to thank physicians for all they do and are doing to help us in this pandemic.
I also want to extend the day to thank all of the other health care professionals, from nurses, aides, technicians, emts, and to anyone else I may have forgotten to include.
You are our contemporary heroes.
I humbly thank you.
Charles F. French
The following quotations are from Franklin Delano Roosevelt:
“If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.”
“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.”
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”
In any time of crisis, the United States looks to its President for true leadership, for someone who can guide and understand the magnitude of the times, for someone who can also accept responsibility.
“The Buck Stops Here!” (from desk sign)
Harry S. Truman
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
“Let us not seek the Republican answer, or the Democratic answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”
John F. Kennedy
“Power always brings with it responsibility.”