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The American public might not be used to the tougher President Biden who emerged late last week and announced, “Many of us are frustrated with the nearly 80 million Americans who are still not vaccinated, even though the vaccine is safe, effective and free.” We sure are.

Where is the voice of the church in the midst of a crippling pandemic? In the end, not only am I deeply, deeply disappointed in the actions, or lack of actions, of my fellow man, I am more disappointed in the lack of leadership from the church. This has been a real eye-opener.

Now is not a good time to host a music festival followed by a NASCAR playoff race with the Washington County Fair in between. If you go to these events, think of our medical professionals who would love to go to a festival or a race. Stay safe so we can make that happen for them.

Health officials and organizers of two upcoming events that draw big crowds to Bristol — the Rhythm & Roots Reunion and the night race at Bristol Motor Speedway — are urging those attending to take safety precautions amid the record number of COVID-19 cases across the region.

Some will view any vaccination mandates as tyranny intruding on personal freedom. Yet sickening others has never been a protected freedom. No Americans will be held down and forced to get a shot. But they shouldn’t have the right to risk the well-being of those around them.

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