Letters to Editor for March 26, 2020

Gatherings endanger entire community during COVID-19 pandemic

I learned just this morning that some of our neighbors came together as a large group in the parking lot at the Orchard Hill Golf Club this week. The purpose of this social event was to enjoy each other’s company, share a couple of beers and have a meal. The event was described to me as a tailgating party after an afternoon of golf.

This behavior puts our community at risk and endangers the entire community. Rather, any group event ratchets up the health risk for all of us. 

We are entitled to our own opinions on whether the coronavirus represents a real risk to our community; but we are not entitled to cooking up different facts. The fact is that COVID-19 has already killed more than 10,000 people across the globe and is very, very contagious. Even if a person does not feel any symptoms a person can spread the virus to others. If just one person has this virus in a social gathering they can easily spread it to five or six of their friends and in the next week those same number of people can spread the disease to dozens of others.  We need to work together and not participate in group functions. These are facts and are not subject to anyone’s opinion. Opinions do not matter at this time, only the facts.  

In a very real sense, we are all first responders. We are on the frontlines of this epidemic and we all need to stay home and eliminate our direct contact in groups. We can do this. We need to work together.

Richard Locke,

Washougal

 

Camas resident appreciates Ivy League’s work

A big “thank you” to the Camas Ivy League and the ongoing work this volunteer group does to remove invasive species of English ivy, holly and Himalayan blackberry from our trees and open spaces.

Tim Hein,

Camas

 

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