This letter was sparked by Janet Ouradnik's letter, "Let freedom ring," on Oct 6th. I do not understand why many people who consider themselves as conservatives are not more on board with the war on COVID-19. What else do you call something that has killed over 700,000 American lives, more than all our wars together?

Just because the virus does not have human form doesn't mean it can't be an enemy. What do you tell the families of the 700,000 Americans who have died? What do you tell the health care workers who took care of those 700,000 Americans and watched them die?

Then you have an untold number of people called long-haulers who still suffer from the effects of the virus.

During World War II the government imposed rationing. Was that over reach? People made sacrifices. I remember going to the grocery store after the 9/11 attack and looking around at everyone thinking we are all Americans and the attack was on us. The 9/11 attack killed over 3,000 Americans.

The pandemic is bigger than any one of us. The virus is still here, and yet all I hear is "me, me, me."

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Mike Odegaard lives in Moorhead.

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