To vaccinate or not is the question of the year. Vaccination seemed so clearly the answer last year when we were paralyzed by the reality of lives lost or severely modified by COVID-19 and its toll upon the world, including an overstressed medical system. How surprising to find that many folks are so lacking in trust of authority figures except for police that they refuse a lifesaving solution to a terrible disease.

I was a youngster back in the day of the polio scare when thousands of children and youth were confined to devices known as iron lungs and permanently crippled. Our parents feared that my sister or I might become victims of the rampant disease. The county fair, one of the few sources of big entertainment, was forbidden out of fear of contagion. A classmate contracted the disease and suffered post-polio consequences that affected her quality of life into her elder years.

Melinda Stibal lives in Coloma. Her email address is: 2mstibals@comcast.net.