I was heartened by the recent column from State Sen. Kristina Roegner. Nice to know there are still some legislators who are not just following party leadership.

Likewise, I was greatly dismayed that so many respondents seem to need government to think for them regarding activities of daily living. It is a shame we have become so dependent as citizens in a system built on self-governance.

All the fear mongering of people who want to control our lives has taken hold even in the bastion of "edjamacation", Hudson, Ohio. We ignore the four coronaviruses already in circulation of which all cause respiratory complications and death at higher rates than COVID-19 just like the Spanish Flu. But, they just lack the political click bait.

Moreover, which experts do we listen to? The ones that ignored reality saying "masks do not work." Or the ones that say we need 6 feet distance with or without a mask? How about the ones that say this virus is deadly, but we need more testing because millions may be asymptomatic? Maybe those who say its OK for dentists to reopen but not hair salons! Who?

The governors and health officials have denied the constitutional rights of broad swaths of the American citizenry. All done for the unproven chance that it might save a stranger’s life. And we forced this onto the financially weakest among us. I would find it interesting to know how many of the respondents are among the losers in our community.

Most importantly, this was all done via executive orders, big and small. This trampled our Constitution, destroyed our economies, and wrecked the lives of many people. All because "Chicken Little" folks supported claims that we can save adult lives.

History may take a dim view of our need for safe spaces.

Bob Medccalf, Hudson