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The Recorder - The right to life

Published: 9/13/2020 4:06:47 PM

To Mr. Blasiak: It seems that you overlooked something in your My Turn [‘We don’t need no stinking Constitution,” Sept. 10] quotation from the U.S. Constitution. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men.…”

I would point out that the first of these rights is the right to life without which, except hopefully in the spiritual sense, we cannot have liberty nor can we pursue happiness.

I would further suggest that, in order to protect the most lives possible in the event of a highly contagious pandemic, it is the duty of government to impose reasonable, temporary restrictions on our freedoms.

One could argue about the best or most reasonable restrictions that should be imposed on the populace but it must be considered an obligation of government to take action to limit a deadly pandemic from spreading, especially among the most vulnerable of its people. And since the vulnerability of any person or population may not be readily visible to the naked eye, wisdom would mandate that all persons should be considered to be at risk, making it an obligation for those restrictions to be applied to everyone.

In other words, my right to be safe from being exposed to a deadly pathogen in my daily life must of necessity take precedence to your right to go where you please and to avoid wearing a mask. As my ethics professor so succinctly put it: Your right to swing your arm stops where my nose begins!

Louise Amyot


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