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Reader Opinion: Imagine you are an auto mechanic

You are working 7 days a week, 24 hours a day around the clock. You are exhausted, demoralized. You wonder why these "freedom to not check" people didn't do the most simple preventative maintenance of checking their oil levels.

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Imagine that you are an auto mechanic in a small town. Imagine, after pleading with your customers to check engine oil level regularly in their vehicles (something they could easily do and would literally take a few minutes of their time) that they refuse to do it. These people maintain that they have the “freedom" to not check. Then imagine that you, the only town mechanic, begin to be overwhelmed with calls from those same customers whose car engines begin overheating. They are marooned on the side of the highway. They need immediate help now, not tomorrow. This is an emergency. Now there are 25 calls, now 50 calls, all calling with the same problem and they need your help now. You are working around the clock trying to help these people. During this 'emergency,' all of your other customers who had been faithfully checking their oil levels, cannot get normal and sometimes critical service done on their cars because the "freedom" crowd demands all of your time. You also have no time to help travelers passing through town whose cars have broken down. You are working seven days a week, 24 hours a day around the clock. You are exhausted, demoralized. You wonder why these "freedom to not check" people didn't do the most simple preventative maintenance of checking their oil levels. Doing this would have prevented their cars from being ruined. It would also have allowed your other customers to get needed service and would have prevented your life from turning into a living hell. Every day. For what seems like forever. Now imagine you are a health worker today in the time of a pandemic when so many people refuse to get vaccinated because of their ‘freedoms.’ Does this help you relate to how they feel?

Paul Wilson

Brainerd

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