As COVID deaths neared 600,000 Americans — not to mention those left behind and those whose health remains impaired — a good friend of mine offered this slightly modified view of historical precedent. Patrick Henry offered an “or.” Those not vaccinated seem committed to this alteration: “Give me liberty ‘and’ give me death.” 

I wish those who refuse the vaccine would find their own place in the community where they do not risk infecting others, themselves or their family and friends — the rest of us. Then they can have their own parade.

Jim Hauschultz

Kirkwood