Letter to the Editor RTSA

After Thanksgiving, a friend with a non-COVID medical emergency could find no hospital bed in Hudson, Stillwater or the whole Twin City area. He was rushed to the Mayo, receiving the last bed there. 

The largest proportion of patients were unvaccinated COVID patients. This sad lack of beds and over stressed medical staff harms everyone, but the medically vulnerable most of all.

A woman I cared about died of COVID. She chose not to get vaccinated. I was told “God called her, it had nothing to do not being vaccinated.” This blew me apart even worse.

The deceased unintentionally infected someone close to me – being vaccinated, she survived despite having asthma. So I have a hard time saying it’s God’s fault for 800,000 deaths and their sorrowing family and friend. And all of the loss of jobs and disruptions to schools and lives.

Yes, our loving God welcomed this good woman I’m sure and the rest, but God inspired the scientists to help us with a vaccination, and so many are turning down that gift.

It reminds me of the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion in West Virginia. The coal executives neglected safety regulations and called the resulting deaths of 29 miners “an act of God.”

Many of the unvaccinated and unmasked in Christian churches are pro-life. To be fully pro-life and Christian, it seems to me, we need to love others and so what we can to protect the vulnerable, especially since we can’t really know who is vulnerable. 

And we all might have an accident or health incident and need ER and a bed.

Every Sunday and even at the funerals of COVID victims, many Christians gather unmasked in

God’s name, spreading this angel of death. Christians who feel unsafe in these unmasked gatherings are the ones pushed out and left to Zoom alone.

At the schools, the same denial is happening, with staff and students getting COVID. As a fellow

Christian and substitute teacher, I beg the school board and administrators to require masks for staff and student safety.

I beg all houses of worship to have a box of masks at every door. 

And I beg all places to have a friendly sign and person “Could you please wear a mask in kindness to help protect others?” 

For Christians, this truly is a prolife and caring issue. It’s a lovely opportunity to serve in a meaningful way through small actions. Please do what you can to slow the pandemic. Spread peace and good will to all.

Marybeth Mataya


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Candace Bettendorf

Being fully vaccinated--the two main shots, plus the 3rd booster--it upsets me to have someone tell me that I'm spreading Covid. I wear masks when requires--but ordinarily if a venue requires me to wear a mask, I just don't go there.

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