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Ryan Miller: Tootie Smith, incoming Clackamas Board of County Commissioners chair, 'deeply irresponsible'

Ryan MillerTootie Smith, the incoming chairwoman of the Clackamas Board of County Commissioners, stated that she will celebrate Thanksgiving "with as many family and friends" as she can find. This is deeply irresponsible for an elected official.

Nobody wants a freeze, nobody wants to alter or cancel Thanksgiving plans but, in the face of unrelenting disease spread, you do what you can to stop the record setting pace of infections and hospitalizations.

We get to normal holidays surrounded by as many people as we can find by beating this disease. We beat this disease with a safe and effective vaccine, like the one announced by Pfizer, to all Americans as quickly as possible.

Rather than searching for as many family and friends to pack into a Thanksgiving dinner, responsible public leaders should be working overtime with vaccine companies and federal leaders to make sure that they can deploy the vaccine once it is ready.

In the meantime, we control the disease by using proven mitigation measures like masks, and social distancing. It is called sacrifice, and while it may be painful to have scrapped holiday plans, we do not want to create a situation where COVID causes permanent empty chairs at the next holiday.

Ryan Miller is a resident of Oregon City.


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