Your choice? Well live with it
There is such a common theme among those people who want the right to choose for themselves whether the get the coronavirus vaccine or not.
My body, my choice has become the favourite slogan.
I am not going to argue with the logic of that, as it is true.
But I do find the irony of it all a little stunning.
They don't want to be locked down, yet they also don't want to be vaccinated.
Many appear to be most offended by the suggestion that they must be vaccinated to enjoy certain freedoms going forward.
I have even had some say to me that they don't mind the idea of the vaccine, but they don't want to be "forced" to have it.
They say it should be "my choice". Yet again, the "my" word which features so prominently in any of their arguments.
It is your choice, it is entirely your choice as to whether you get the vaccine or not.
The thing is, every choice has consequences.
When you make the choice about the vaccine, you also choose the consequences of that choice. In simple terms, as any adult should come to realise, you cannot have your cake and eat it too.
I don't understand why these people seem to think that the rest of us are supposed to feel some kind of moral outrage on behalf of people whose only concern is their choice, their rights and their freedom.
As far as I am concerned, they can do what you want.
Don't get the vaccine. I don't care.
But please don't complain to the rest of us about how badly done by you are. Make your bed, and then go and lie in it.
Of the many people I have spoken to who have been vaccinated, not one of them has used the "me" or "I" word in speaking about their choice to get the jab.
The people I know say they got it for their elderly parents, for their children, for their immunity compromised friends, for their families.
For health workers, for their community, for total strangers.
They got it because they realised and accepted that it is the only way off the hellish rollercoaster experience our struggling small businesses have been trying to navigate for 18 months.
So make your choice.
But please, realise that the rest of us are entitled to our choice too, and we'd like you all to go away and stop screaming from rooftops about "your choice" and "your body", and in the next breath complaining about the consequences of the choice you made.
It's like trying to reason with a three-year old.
Emily Shaw, Wangaratta
Time to take hospital stand
It seems as if no one is in disagreement about the need for a new hospital for Albury Wodonga.
There will be varied views on where it goes, of course, but the key fact that we need one seems indisputable.
Before we get bogged down in detail, we must join together and raise our voices, make some noise to show this community stands behind our hard-working health professionals.
These are the people that are are always there for us in our time of need, and we need to be there to advocate for them now.
Michael Smith, Albury
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