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Taking COVID seriously will save lives – maybe yours


December 16, 2020

Every week I tabulate the dead to create the COVID graphs for this newspaper.

Each life snuffed out by coronavirus is a line or less on my spreadsheet. When they’re local I take particular note, and there are more of those than ever these days.

I’m so tired of watching the numbers climb, of hearing experts warn of overwhelmed hospitals, their tears apparently ignored by a public inconvenienced by wearing masks, let alone forgoing seeing their friends and family.

Those who won’t sacrifice for the life and health of others tell me, “I’m just so sick of it!” Well, I am too. I’m...

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