Letters to the Editor, Nov. 13
FORD MADE THE RIGHT CALL
Re “Preem fan of ‘flexible approach’” (Antonella Artuso, Nov. 4): I have to call out the selfish outrage regarding the decision not to mandate health-care workers. B.C tried this — hundreds of workers suspended and the province had to close emergency rooms because they couldn’t staff them. There are tens of thousands of people across the country who have had to wait almost two years for a diagnosis, surgery or treatment for their condition. Many have died waiting and now, at a time when hospitals aren’t as stressed, everyone wants to risk losing thousands of health-care workers and forcing these patients to wait again. If people managed to read the news instead of just the headlines, you would know that the vaccines do not stop infection or transmission. You would know that whether or not you are vaccinated, an infected person carries the same viral load. You would know that acquired immunity is real. Personally, I would feel more assured if my health-care worker was unvaccinated but had just passed a test than if my vaccinated worker didn’t test at all. There are safety and testing protocols in place to prevent major outbreaks at hospitals. It was very pragmatic of Doug Ford to weigh the chances of outbreak versus standard of care to the populace. Considering, also, the level of vaccination in the province, this is the right decision and all the armchair doctors, and even some real ones, should return their medical licence to its proper place at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box.
(It would be crippling to the our health care system if the sudden shock of significant layoffs of healthcare workers had happened)
PRIDE AND PREJUDICEA
Thank you, Mayor John Tory, for your inspirational speech at the Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11. Racial prejudice and the ignorance of our forefathers has no place in this or any other century going forward. Since it’s perfectly obvious that babies don’t come out of the womb spouting this stupidity, it can only be taught to a child by an equally ignorant adult who had it passed down from generations of family before them. Please don’t say something stupid as you read this like, ‘Prejudice has and always will be with us.’ This archaic and ignorant way of thinking has to end now! It only survives if you want it to! That way of thinking only perpetuates the very hatred that most intelligent people balk at. Bring your minds into the 21st century — let go of your old and misinformed ideals. Open your minds and talk to the people you mock or hate, learn something about them and their heritage and history, and maybe they will be interested in yours too. Communication, not angry confrontations, engaging in real conversations should hopefully lead to tolerance and understanding between races, religions and creeds. Don’t mock people you don’t understand — learn something about them! You may find you have more in common than you realize with them.
(We all have some pretty basic principles in common – but we are living in a time where politicians are constantly feeding into this notion there is so much hate amongst those in Canadian society. There are always going the be the exception but they are the few)