Letters: We must do our best for the common good
I read the letter to the June 3 editor in the Portland Tribune from Mike Early.?I wondered what price he is putting on human life.
Our governor, Kate Brown, had done a wonderful job in trying to keep all Oregonians safe from COVID-19.?Our rates for this very infectious disease were among the lowest of any of the states.
We are all in this together.?Yes, the economy has taken a hit, and many folks have lost jobs, but the economy will recover, however, thousands with COVID-19 will die.
As to Early mentioning the Spanish flu of 1918-19, it is estimated that up to 50 million people died in that time worldwide. Other than war work continuing for World War I, towns all across this nation barricaded themselves to not allow any strangers in, including the mail-delivery person. This flu came abruptly and targeted the young, including the potential soldiers.
The economy was devastated, and people wanted to avoid this pandemic at all cost. They knew the value of life.
There were no social programs in 1918, no Social Security, no unemployment Insurance, no stimulus checks. People only had each other.
As long as people live in a society they need to do what is best for the common good. It seems to most of us that following guidelines set down by many of the more sensible governors, such as Gov. Brown, will help keep the majority of us safe from COVID-19.
Law student's death is sad news
I was saddened to read the June 10, Portland Tribune obituary of Portland resident Elle Trisha D'Amore, age 26, who died suddenly while a student at the University of Chicago Law School.
I did not know Ms. D'Amore, but I graduated from the same school many years ago. It has always remained an institution requiring academic excellence and intellectual rigor from its students. The obituary showed Ms. D'Amore, struggling against a deadly disability, chose as her life's goal to become a lawyer. She excelled in her studies and was a leader of her class.
That she carried on her work so well while enduring the nearly life-long disease that finally took her life, she must have been a woman of extraordinary bravery.
Her passing is a great tragedy to her family and friends, but also a loss to the legal profession.
As an attorney of many years practice, I believe Elle Trisha D'Amore would have made a great lawyer.
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