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Latest letters from Citrus Heights Sentinel readers offer varying perspectives on City Councilman Bret Daniels recent proposal to adopt a resolution banning vaccine passports in the city and prohibiting any vaccination requirements for city employees, as well as opposing mask mandates in schools.
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Vaccines help keep people from dying
I am very much opposed to those council members that are so blind that they can not recognize the seriousness of COVID-19. Vaccines are helping people stay alive, wearing masks help prevent the spread of this virus. (Hope Mr. Daniels covers his mouth when he is coughing!) I believe in science. Why are you opposed to the CDC’s directives. I will definitely support Daniels and work to unseat him.
-Margie B. Cook, Citrus Heights
Seat belts are mandatory too
The reaction to the covid vaccines and this “assault on our liberty and freedom” echoes back to when they were making seat belts mandatory. Imagine that? Life saving technology that we now don’t question.
I am personally for the freedom of choice. But that choice comes with consequences as most do. If you want to exercise that right, then be all means. But your right to choose should not put other people at risk of catching a disease that we still don’t know the long term effects of.
We are still in this pandemic because of the resistance to bunker down and deal with mild discomfort. If we all just “buck up” and “man up” we should be able to endure anything. But it seems some, for lack of a better term, snowflakes want to ruin things for our community.
-Sean Beck, Citrus Heights
Vaccine mandates violate Constitution
I personally believe vaccine mandates and Vaccine passports are both a violation of the constitution and the Geneva Convention.
-Crystal Keeler, Citrus Heights
I feared vaccine at first, but not anymore
Thankful when chicken pox and polio were rampant when I was a small child that people stepped up to take the shots that eradicated the disease and didn’t think of their own personnel safety; it was really tough seeing people in the iron lung and dying. I am 85 and didn’t want to get the virus shot because I was afraid what it would do to me, but I have taken all 3 shots. not for me but for you all of you out there I didn’t want to infect. It’s time we think of protecting others and not ourselves. Please Mr. Daniels do not carry this any further I have lost too many friends from this awful disease.
-Carol Alexander, Citrus Heights
Vaccine mandates a reminder of USSR
I am a resident of Citrus Heights for almost two decades now. It has been good living here and enjoying what this unique city has to offer, and I am thankful for it. I was born and raised in the Eastern European region, which was dominated by the USSR for the better part of the 20th century. Government mandates were common, and they were touching every area of life. It was comparable to living in a prison…
The main argument for the ban (on vaccine passports and mandates) in my opinion is that it will send a signal to those in power that will remind them that they overreached. We The People are the ones that choose them, and not the other way around! If the local towns of Germany banned Nazi mandates for Jews to wear yellow stars, they would never be able to round them up and take them to concentration camps. If the local towns of Ukraine resisted Stalin’s mandates to seize the grain and provisions from the farmers to increase export, the Holodomor (artificial famine) of 1933 that took the lives of 20 million Ukrainians, would never happen.
It may sound too extreme and alarmist, but if you read Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the man who was sentenced to forced labor in the Gulag and later exposed and morally defeated the USSR, you will understand that it CAN happen here… I hope that my fellow Americans would listen and stand up to big government’s bullying early enough to nip it in the bud. *Edited due to length going beyond 250-word limit
-Victor Baci, Citrus Heights
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