I read recently about the 49% vaccination rate in Beaver County. The registered Republicans in the state believe, by a majority, that the former president won the 2020 election despite the 60 legal challenges and the multiple recounts that found Biden did win and there was no evidence of voter fraud. COVID has created another dilemma with challenges to masks to avoid the spread of the virus. That coupled with the lack of getting vaccinated, all goes back to people’s rights and many believing the conspiracy theories around the election and the virus. Over 800,000 have died in the USA so far from COVID.
In the not-so-distant past, namely World War II, the government initiated rationing programs for such items as gasoline, sugar, butter and canned milk. The Office of Price Administration, beginning in 1942, rationed automobiles, tires, fuel oil, coal, firewood, nylon, silk and shoes. This was how America pulled together and sacrificed to help the soldiers and the country in the war effort. The comparisons on lives lost may seem like apples and oranges, but the sacrifices at home saved many Americans. We lost an estimated 419,000 Americans during that war.
To those of you who choose not to get vaccinated and challenge masks for citizens and our children aimed at protecting all, ask yourself, has America advanced or retreated from its’ principles and putting America first? Sadly, I see it as a dramatic retreat.
David Marki, Raccoon Township
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This article originally appeared on Beaver County Times: Letter to the Editor: Vaccine resistance is a step back for USA
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