Letters to editor

In 1998, Tom Brokaw wrote a wonderful book about my parents' generation entitled The Greatest Generation. It told the story of the generation who weathered the Depression and how when threatened by sinister forces that wished to snuff out the flame of our democracy, they responded with courage and boundless self-sacrifice.

It fills me with shame to fast-forward to our time and witness what seems like hordes of snivelers and whiners who contest the trivial sacrifices of wearing a mask and getting the vaccine.

They justify their stance by trumpeting banalities such as, "My body, my choice" and "I'm not sure of the science".

I can buy the argument of "My body, my choice." for things like a hairstyle or getting a tattoo when the consequences of poor choices only affect the person involved. Poor choices in regard to vaccines and masking affect us all.

Likewise, the argument of "I'm not sure of the science." doesn't wash either. The millions of shots administered conclusively affirm the science of the vaccine.

Where would we be today if the "Greatest Generation" had exhibited the same attitude and put their comfort above the health of our entire nation?

-Jim Heffernan,Tillamook

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