Covid: Covid-19 and the Common Good

Kayak Beach in Winter

Our legal rights are important, but always must be balanced with everyone else's interests. I spent years as a lawyer fighting for our constitutional and legal rights; do think I'm qualified to suggest they are the lowest standard of conduct, the minimum legal right guaranteed to us, one step about illegal.

So despite my firm support and belief in our guaranteed rights, I am far more appreciative of all those seeking to live their lives on higher ethical spiritual or other moral values.

My letter to Next Door

"Islanders, Friends, People,

Thanks to all seeking to keep our overall Common Interest ahead of each of our individual secondary needs. That is exactly what 'flattening the curve' is all about in this Brave New World at least for an unknown spell, Particular thanks to our daily commuting health care workers, essential service folks, our Hannigan's market, Food Pantry and other food handlers, CBL people, and other utility workers. Without your commitment, risk and service our island ways would be, and likely will be, far more severely challenged and harmful to one of the oldest population groups in the country.

So to all of our Islanders, Friends and Visitors moving around freely, especially those citing their 'individual rights' vs our community interest, or those not staying current with our health and medical folks' worries and fears about their lack of personal protection, fear of too many patients, of being able to meet to do their job safely for all...I ask you to recognize most of us Don't Have Another Place to Go To, and please answer 2 questions for yourself before you exercise your 'choice' to come visit us right now:

  1. Is your choice to 'visit' adding to the Community Cure or to the Risk of the Problem?
  2. Can you look in the eye of that overly stressed, probably tired, health care worker in Portland who is sacrificing for us all, and say to them: 'I'm not worried about you taking my possible exposure home to your kids'.
Heading to Peaks on the Machigonne II

Every movement amongst others has an increased risk to us all. All of us who live here who we know and see daily, we know something about their daily exposures, and we can question and probably verify their human contacts, hence we can better analyze the risk.

I'd suggest that it is fair to ask our Islanders, Friends and Visitors if you care of the Common Good and are actively being part of our Cure. No you don't have to answer affirmatively, but please know that we have a calm, accepting and long term memory.

Thanks for considering,

Tom Bergh, 70 Luther St.