Republic on the brink

To the editor:

There has never been a time in my life when the founding principles of our country were more under attack. Basic liberties such as the freedom of speech, religion, and assembly are being selectively restricted by those elected to uphold the constitution. Here are just a few questions to consider while contemplating where we are and where we may be headed.

Can a republic survive when only certain opinions are considered fit to publish? Is open debate not how we go about improving life in a free society?

Does the government have the right to prohibit the exercise of one’s religion? Why do certain governors find this acceptable?

What is more dangerous for youth, COVID, or the mental/social impacts from quarantines, isolation, and extended virtual learning. According to the CDC, the recovery rate for those under 25 years of age is 99.99%, and over 80% for people more than 80 years old. This presumes all the deaths are due to COVID, yet the vast majority have multiple comorbidities. While the CDC states that the median age of death for all Americans in 2019 was 78.87 years, it is more than 80 years for COVID in Indiana. Given these current facts, why are so many leaders choosing to lock down society, resulting often in the loss of livelihoods?

Why would Dr. Anthony Fauci now be saying that mask wearing and social distancing should be required even after a vaccine is made available to all? Where is the research supporting mask wearing stopping the spread of COVID?

Are local health officials being transparent regarding the impact COVID has had on hospital resources?

Why are we ignoring the starvation happening around the world, due in part to lockdowns that disrupt the food supply?

What business is it of anyone how many people you have over to your house for a private and peaceful gathering?

Could the U.S. citizenry any longer stomach the loss of life necessary if engaged in a war to protect our homeland and/or our freedoms?

Is our republic on the brink?

— Terri Wilson

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