As the COVID-19 crisis continues to worsen, with hospital Intensive Care Units filling up and death rates rising again, it is more important than ever that we all do our part to get through it. Our …
As the COVID-19 crisis continues to worsen, with hospital Intensive Care Units filling up and death rates rising again, it is more important than ever that we all do our part to get through it. Our community has been justifiably proud of our willingness to jump in and help each other in times of need.
We continue to see this willingness from a large majority of our community but I am concerned about the rising level of disruption and even threats against public officials, businesses, and employees enforcing public safety measures (masks and vaccines especially) recently. This intimidation is occurring in many parts of the country, including, unfortunately, right here in Jefferson County.
Most of the people who bear the brunt of these attacks are not responsible for making the rules but are required as part of their jobs to enforce them. But don’t get me wrong, it is just as wrong to intimidate and threaten officials who are responsible for making safety rules to protect us all.
When these threats and intimidation break the law, they should be prosecuted. It should be abundantly clear by now that these are not just individuals momentarily losing control. This is a calculated tactic occurring across the country. We see it at school boards, city councils, and health departments as well as private businesses. People serving in these capacities are increasingly fearful that they or their families are in danger of injury or even death, as a result of these threats.
Democracy is in danger when public officials have to choose between their own safety and the safety of the community.