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To the editor:

Over the past year and a half this topic has been in the news, newspapers, television and most all people’s minds. It is something that has hit our country as well as other nations like a ton of bricks. It has caused so much heartache, hardships and even death. There is still a lot of speculation of where the pandemic originated. 

Scientists, doctors, labs and other professionals have tried to pinpoint where it originated. So far it isn’t a sure thing. 

Something like this — that came upon us in a split second was shocking and scary. Never in a million years would we have expected something this deadly to happen to us. This pandemic has created so many uncertainties that more of us ever dreamed could happen. 

Our country has suffered a lot since this pandemic began. People have lost their jobs, and so many restrictions have been placed on everyone. Just when you think you might see a little light at the end of the tunnel something else happens. A variant developed from the virus. Lives again are torn apart.

We know that there are several vaccines out there that are supposed to keep us from contracting the virus. Like all things they can come with complications. Some people have even died after taking the vaccine. You should always weigh the pros and cons before making your decision. Don’t get me wrong because I’m not knocking the vaccine. I believe and it is strictly my opinion. It should always be the person’s decision whether they want to take the shots or not. After all, our body belongs to us and what we choose to put in it should be our choice, not the government’s. 

Now I’m going to give you a idea of what I believe “COVID” should spell out. So here goes. 

C Christ

O Offers 

V Victory 

I In 

D Diseases

The more I think about it I believe it makes good sense. It actually helps me not to be afraid of this virus. I believe as I have always believed that God is the one and only that can keep us safe and healthy. 

All the findings and cures in the world can’t do what God can do. He is our rock and our salvation. God has promised that he will never leave or forsake you or me. I believe this with all my heart.

I pray that my article doesn’t offend anyone. It wasn’t written to hurt anyone, but only to give people hope. 

In order for all of us to survive, we have to have a strong faith, a steadfast hope and a lot of love to show and give. God bless everyone. 

Pat Holt

South Boston