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Big difference between being inconvenienced, rights infringed

EDITOR:

I want to get my hair done, my eyebrows waxed, I need a pedicure, I miss getting a massage, I want my cleaning lady to come back and help me wash the windows and screens, I want to go to the Tap Room on Fridays at 5:05 p.m. and see my friends and then go out to dinner. To quote a Queen song, “I want it all and I want it now.” We used to play that song for our girls when they were little and the whining was becoming a bit much.

I feel like there are a lot of whiners out there who need a refresher course on being responsible adults and continue doing what science says will keep us safer. Not one of us is safe from this invisible menace; we can only do things that will help swing the pendulum to the safer side.

I have little tolerance for the protesters at state Capitols, risking lives. I have no tolerance with either side making this ALL political, thus further dividing an already fractured country. No one is taking away anyone’s rights. So, when we saw the men carrying their AK-15s or whatever weapon they carried, did anyone else wonder what that has to do with opening up the state? What was with the Nazi flags? Now we know that there are people in our state who are Nazis and people who probably never have crossed the Mason Dixon Line, carrying Confederate flags. Why? Makes me wonder how many were from another state and live for this kind of discourse.

Whining by a few should not force our governor to open up before the guidelines that the CDC and the federal government set up, have been met. Many will say it’s not fair that we have to abide by the same rules as Detroit, and I can’t really disagree but I learned years ago sometime life is not fair and this is one of those times. We just have to deal with it.

We are all frustrated, bored, worried and depressed. We obviously are a spoiled nation of people who want answers and problems resolved yesterday. Patience is still a virtue we need to practice it more. It took over six years to find the cause, isolate the virus and find a treatment for AIDS, but science did it. We are only six months into this virus and the progress that has been made is phenomenal. The best minds are working around the clock to come up with a vaccine.

This isn’t fun but how we handle this crisis will define how the children who are watching us handle the next one. We need to learn the difference of being inconvenienced and infringement of our personal rights. Being able to get my hair done is a privilege, not a right. Stay safe, wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away.

Lynne Wilson

Iron Mountain

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