Monday, October 18, 2021
Oct. 18, 2021

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Letter: Unvaccinated pose threat to all


Bravo for Mike Selig’s letter in The Columbian (“Disgracing their forebears,” Sept. 12). He is right to scold those who, due to some misguided notion of constitutional “rights,” refuse COVID-19 vaccinations and masks. I want to add this: Personal rights and freedom are not absolute, even in a democracy. There is no freedom without some personal sacrifice for the common good. If everyone only acts for themselves, there is no structure to protect that freedom; there is only a vacuum into which tyrants will step.

Those who shun the trivial, cost-free effort of getting vaccinated and donning a mask have been fooled into acting against their own self-interest. In the process, they pose a hazard to all.

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