I write in response to Randy Greenwood’s column (“COVID is serious; so am I,” Dec. 26).

I am disappointed that Randy didn’t say how remorseful he was for ignoring medical advice until it became critical for him to have intensive medical attention. His position that getting vaccinated is a personal choice is an excuse that multiple misinformed, or maybe uninformed, people have been using to justify their unvaccinated status.

By not getting vaccinated it seems to me that he sends a message that he doesn’t care about other people’s well-being.

That this public health issue has become a political issue is beyond absurd.

I think that Randy and others have some apologizing to do. His selfish act put others at risk. His references to God and the power of prayer have nothing to do with the fact that he ignored sound medical advice (getting the vaccine) until he was critically ill.

My hope is that Randy and other people that share his belief system will eventually come around to understanding that this whole freedom of choice thing comes with consequences. Unfortunately, the consequences are often paid by others. We know by his own words that he spent many days in the hospital taking up space that might have been needed for people with other life-threatening issues.

Randy writes “Before you judge me or write angry letters, consider that the public response to coronavirus is itself a sickness.” I can only wonder what he really means by that statement. To me it means people who are promoting anti-science quackery about the vaccines and masking.

Maybe Randy could write another letter and tell people that he made a mistake, and that the vaccines are the way to get out of this neverending pandemic.

Bruce Lovett, Sabattus

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