Letter from the reader: Ducharme should focus instead on supporting health care measures

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Re: Patrick Ducharme Issues ‘Call to Arms’ Against Vaccine Mandates in Preface to New Book, by Trevor Wilhelm, Dec 17


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I was concerned to read about a distinguished and veteran attorney who is apparently concerned about using the COVID-19 crisis to make money under the guise of protecting individual rights.

Mr. Ducharme goes so far as to call it a “Call to Arms” against vaccine mandates and potential job loss for refusing.

I am not a lawyer and I may be right from a legal point of view, but I think it is very far from reality from a moral and ethical point of view.

In my opinion, now is not the time to support anti-masking or anti-vaccines. It’s time to protect the people and economy in our community.

Mr. Ducharme’s position clearly ignores everyone’s rights to a safe and healthy life. Our families, neighbors, friends, and co-workers deserve it. And we expect all community leaders, whether political, religious, business, or other respected community voices, to support current public health measures at all times.


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We are all suffering from COVID-19 fatigue and can’t wait to put this behind us.

But public proclamations, like Mr. Ducharme’s, do little to support this. Rather, it seems to want to prolong what is already getting worse. Our health care system is so overloaded that only emergency care patients can be treated by hospital and EMS staff who are already fatigued.

Preventive measures such as elective surgery and other treatments not related to COVID-19 are postponed. Dental care is falling behind.

There comes a time when people must accept certain rights that we enjoy during good times and may have to be relaxed in times of great need. This is such a moment. The longer COVID-19 persists, the longer we have to accept that relaxation.


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I think Mr. Ducharme would be commended if he instead supported the four main pillars to end this pandemic: washing and sanitizing hands, keeping your distance, wearing an approved mask, and receiving all doses of the vaccine.

Dennis MelocheWindsor

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