November 25th, 2020

Lest we fail to comprehend

By Letter to the Editor on November 18, 2020.

Dear editor,

Lest we forget, the U.S. fought World War II over four years suffering about 405,000 military deaths.

It has suffered, with no effective government response or defence under Donald Trump, more than 242,000 deaths from the pandemic in just eight months.

And if excess and indirect deaths are counted, the U.S. pandemic death toll may well be approaching total U.S. military deaths in World War II.

And lest we forget, in Canada, it is not much better here with 10,768 direct COVID-19 deaths in eight months compared to about 45,000 military deaths during five years of World War II.

While military deaths were necessary, pandemic deaths are largely needless (needleless?), and verging on criminal negligence.

Beware those who deem the pandemic trivial or a joke, and any response excessive.

Either they are ignorant, or they have a hidden agenda.

Mike Priaro

Calgary

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