Wednesday, April 7: On vaccine priorities, big box stores, and capital punishment. You can write to us at email@example.com
Move teachers up the priority line for vaccines
My wife and I got our vaccinations last week at the Orleans YMCA site, and it was a beautiful experience. We were looked after the minute we entered the parking lot. A lady with a megaphone walked around the lot, directing the flow of people. There was no crowding inside the building, and we got our shots within a matter of minutes. All the staff members were dedicated and cheerful, even though they were working during a holiday weekend. Booking the appointment was effortless using the Ontario website, taking less than five minutes.
However, our neighbour, who is a school teacher, is still waiting for her turn. It is very surprising, as teachers are the backbone of our community. They are also at high risk, as they physically go to work and deal with children, staff members and parents. They should be a much higher priority for vaccination. I think they should be even higher priority than older people like me, who don’t go out very much and only from home.
Niraj Chandra, Ottawa
Schools, big-box stores: get priorities right
Why is it that five people can assemble outside while teachers have to be inside with 15 to 25 students? All schools should be closed during the lockdown and teachers should be on the priority list for vaccinations.
Why aren’t mega warehouses and Canada Post sorting centres under more strict health protocols and given more rapid tests?
Why aren’t sections in warehouse stores (Costco and Walmart, for instance) closed off? Food and prescriptions are essential, but I think one can do without new underwear and socks, etc. for the short term. There are far too many people in these stores, creating bottlenecks. Why aren’t areas (Toronto) with high concentrations of cases and far larger populations being given priority?
And what is the uproar about the AstaZeneca vaccine? The United Kingdom has administered more than 18 million vaccinations and has had few cases of blood clots, some of which can be attributed to other causes.
Joy Baxter, Ottawa
Why didn’t we just meet at IKEA?
For the second time since 1970, we were unable to celebrate Easter with our children and now grandchildren. Hindsight is 20/20: We could have gone to Costco or IKEA to see each other.
Janet Newgard, Ottawa
Capital punishment is barbaric
Re: Death by lethal injection resurfacing in Montana, April 6.
This is a step in the wrong direction for America. Most democratic countries have done away with the death penalty. Of all the major democracies, only three still execute criminals: India, Japan and the U.S. Capital punishment is viewed in most of the civilized world as unfair, cruel, backward and barbaric. A condition of entry into the European Union specifies that any country practising capital punishment will be barred from entry.
When all is said and done, the only real and sustainable argument for and against capital punishment is one of morality.
Emile Therien, Ottawa