I read that our sheriff is announcing which declarations and laws he is not going to enforce. Apparently, he has not noticed that in Columbia County the number of Covid cases and deaths is escalating astronomically, coincidentally increasing in other areas of the country where vaccination rates are abysmally low.
Many of us have assumed a degree of responsibility for everyone which seems prudent and wise. The sheriff chooses to ignore the old adage – an ounce of prevention.
Surely the law enforcement agency of Oregon must become involved and investigate this grievous abdication of responsibility. The egregious action must be challenged and the sheriff cited for malfeasance or relieved from duty (before the next election).
Then in a subsequent article, it is revealed that one of our Columbia County Commissioners has a similar skeptical view when Tillamook and Josephine Counties have requested refrigerated trucks to hold bodies since the mortuaries are overwhelmed. Although the rate of vaccinations is only 53% in Josephine County, the Commissioners, there, are not promoting the vaccine, unlike Tillamook.
Furthermore, this writer appreciates the enlightened position of the other two Columbia County Commissioners, Magruder and Heimuller.