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Your Views Sunday, Aug. 16

Getting high and spreading the virus

“Weedstock 2020,” advertised as “3 days of peace, love and music,” is scheduled Thursday through Saturday at a dance hall outside of Stillwater, home of Oklahoma State University. What kind of business person thinks it’s a good idea to invite hundreds of people for such an event during a pandemic? In a college community where more than 25,000 students are bombarding the town and recent rush parties have produced large numbers of COVID-19 positives? I’d like to say lock ’em up, but I’d rather Gov. Kevin Stitt lock ’em down, like he did mom-and-pop businesses in March that pale in comparison to this COVID-19-producing event.

It’s happening unless city, county and state leaders, along with citizens, demand the governor stop such dangerous events. Stillwater is on track to be one of the hottest spots in the nation. What happens in Stillwater, America affects the entire state and beyond. Because most of the peace, love and getting high visitors who attend Weedstock will leave this small college town, go home and spread the love — I mean virus.

Where are the government officials who shut down small businesses that comparatively posed few problems? If this COVID-19 orgy is allowed to happen, voters need to remember.

Mikki Couch, Stillwater

Commissioner’s vaccine plan is a mistake

Regarding “Troubling trend on vaccines” (Our Views, Aug. 14): What Health Commissioner Lance Frye is trying to do is a huge mistake. Our kindergartner vaccination rates have been plummeting for years. Measles is significantly more contagious than Covid. It stays in the air for up to two hours. Although it is significantly less deadly than Covid, it can cause encephalitis or inflammation of the brain. I guarantee what the commissioner is doing will not make Oklahoma a top 10 state when it comes to our health. I could have sworn the commissioner was a physician.

Ervin Yen, M.D., Oklahoma City

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