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Reader Opinion: Masks, vaccines work

As we ponder whether to protect and care about each other by masking up and getting vaccinated, let’s remember to be kind and listen to our hearts.

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I wanted to be at the school board meeting in person, but current personal health issues do not allow me to be. However, I do have some thoughts for the board members about masking up. Masks and vaccines work and keep us all safer, so let’s do it!

My wife and I spent last week at Mayo Clinic. I want to share what we witnessed while there. Most folks, including myself, are at Mayo because of very serious health matters. Most also have a compromised health status. My wife and I did not observe anyone arguing about masking up or getting vaccinated or who was right versus who was wrong.

What we did observe is everyone being masked up both inside and outside. We saw and felt compassion, love, acceptance, helping each other, empathy, courtesy to all, giving to those in need, crying tears of joy and sorrow, hugging in support of those struggling, couples holding hands because they loved and supported each other and so many other positive and caring examples of genuine human concern for each other. This attitude was not only at Mayo Clinic, but also permeated to the surrounding, hotels, restaurants, stores and people. We felt like we were in a much different and beautiful world. We asked ourselves, why can’t the whole world be like this? It can and it starts with each and everyone of us. If we did that, what a wonderful world/school/community/family it would be.

As we ponder whether to protect and care about each other by masking up and getting vaccinated, let’s remember to be kind and listen to our hearts. If it is to be, it is up to me! “What the world needs now is love, sweet love.”

Board members, listen to your hearts.

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John Ward

Baxter

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