I was amused by the Mike Luckovich cartoon in the Sunday paper. It said, “Apologies to Gary Larson,” and I laughed because I had the original Gary Larson cartoon as a poster, showing the dinosaurs smoking as the real reason dinosaurs became extinct. Posting that in my classroom, back when schools had smoking areas for the students, probably never convinced anyone to stop smoking. I don’t think that the current version will convince anyone to get a vaccine who hasn’t already.
You know what did work to limit smoking in public? The second-hand smoke argument won the day. Individually, everyone has the right to do anything that is harmful to themselves, but when doing so affects those around you, there are consequences.
Perhaps that realization should also apply to our current pandemic. You are not required to get a vaccine, sure, no problem, just as you are still allowed to smoke. But you are not allowed to smoke in public areas, and you shouldn’t be allowed there if you don’t get vaccinated.
Bonnie Oppenheimer, Columbus