Our collective responsibility

Published: 7/8/2020 9:52:56 AM

As of July 1, the City of Greenfield had recorded the same number of COVID-19 deaths as the entire State of Vermont (with cities like Burlington, Rutland and Brattleboro), and more than half the number of deaths as the entire State of Maine (with cities like Portland, Bangor, Lewiston and Auburn).

Also, Greenfield’s mortality rate is 14.8 percent, compared to 4.7 percent for the U.S. as a whole.

Bad luck? No, we’re just sloppier, perhaps.

That’s the thing about this lousy pandemic: It forces us to take direct and personal responsibility for our sloppiness, top to bottom. Our sloppiness has consequences in our homes, in our neighborhoods and in our embarrassing and despicable federal response to the crisis.

In that vein, I am going take personal responsibility and donate a portion of my stimulus check directly to the World Health Organization as partial payment in the name of the United States of America and the deadbeat president who has refused to honor our collective responsibility.

Wesley Blixt

Greenfield


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