Letters to the Editor
Shame on us, Woodburn! We're Oregon's No. 1 COVID-19 hotspot but you don't act like it!
Almost none of you wear masks in public. When you don't wear a mask, you make the virus and the lockdowns last longer.
We live in Oregon's coronavirus ground zero. When you don't wear a mask and stay 6 feet from others, you gamble with your life-- and you gamble with my life too. You are also potentially choosing to end the lives of your family members, friends, and neighbors.
I don't understand how anyone could choose to not wear a mask and not allow six feet, knowing that these choices are likely contributing to the loss of life as sure as if you pulled the trigger on a weapon.
Estates residents: So very sorry, but I know your area best. Almost no one is wearing masks in public. On your golf course, golfers often line up their carts almost touching, and cart drivers are frequently equally close to each other. Large groups of walkers often span the width of your roads, leaving nowhere for others to pass.
But the very worst are bicyclists who insist on pedaling down the center of your streets, passing unnecessarily closely to people standing or walking. Recent studies show that an unmasked person actively exercising can can propel virus droplets an incredible 60 feet. That number is way higher than 6 feet and many unmasked bicyclists and walkers are not even providing the minimal amount of space.
Every time YOU don't wear a mask in public, you put your life on the line. You also put my life on the line. It's selfish. It's dangerous. It's stupid. You can't fix stupid. You can only kill it…by not wearing a mask.
WOODBURN: WEAR A MASK AND GIVE PEOPLE SIX FEET!
For everyone's sake, leash your dogs while walking
My spouse and I are hiking in a recently reopened state park. I am approaching third base on my life's journey to 80 years of age. One half mile into our walk, we meet a small group of various-aged females walking, 'the family dog'. My wife and I step off of the paved 10-foot wide path to the grass. At least 40 or 50 feet of separation, the unleashed dog charges. My wife twice shouts, "Call your dog back!"
No response from the group, or did I hear, "He won't bite?" I take a defensive stance in front of my beloved and I jab at the charging canine with my walking stick and yell "STOP". The dog changes tactics, circling and rushing us from behind. I pivot, jabbing with my stick, missing, but discouraging further aggression. Now the ladies call the dog and rush to take control.
The senior lady of the group, perhaps 30 years of age, turns to face us. She shouts, "you tried to hit my dog. He wouldn't bite you. How would you like it if I hit you with a stick?" She is enraged. I am dumbfounded! I guess the view is dramatically different from the rear end of a charging canine.
While backing away, I tip my multi-feathered straw hat and attempt to smile.
Now the words come to me…
Lady, park rules, your dog is supposed to be on to be on the leash. It is your responsibility to control your dog, state law, whether I am 18 or 80 years old, I had the right to kill your charging dog. Why do you put us into this difficult situation?
Everyone walking your dog, when approaching other walkers, leash your dog and move the animal to your RIGHT side.
We all will feel safe and say, "Have a good day."
Donovan E. Stair,
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