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Supports rights and freedoms of the individual

To the editor:

I’m a big fan of personal liberty and self-governance. I also value my health and that of those around me. I believe we don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.

It doesn’t make sense to me that the prescription for this virus should be one that assaults liberty, destroys the economy and disrupts the food chain.

It doesn’t make sense to me that criminals should be released from prison cells while healthy, law-abiding citizens are instructed to stay in their homes, or that our response should be silent compliance.

It doesn’t make sense to me that the planet can be brought to a grinding halt so quickly and methodically, and with no resistance.

I don’t want the WHO, CDC or (Gov.) Mike DeWine making my decisions for me. God bless our governor. I believe he is trying, but I would trust a governor and medical advisors more if they said “This is what we think we know at this time, and these are our recommendations.” Frankly, anything beyond that is overreach. Either you trust informed citizens to do what’s best for themselves and their families, which is all you can do anyway, or you can give away freedom under the false notion of security. There is no version of this where overreach is the answer.

Health directives are not a function of government. It is not a function of government to take care of me. It is the function of government to get out of my way and let me take care of myself. It is the role of the elected representatives to protect my rights and uphold the Constitution which they swore an oath to defend.

Principles and rights don’t expire when people get scared or when there is a crisis. Those must remain steadfast. For 200 years, the Bill of Rights has stood through many trials, for which I am grateful.

Individuals are born with the right and ability to think and to stand on principles. We shouldn’t give that away, and especially during a crisis.

C.A. DAVIS,

Youngstown

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