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le Jeudi 23 juillet 2020 18:55 Autres - Others

Reader disagrees with previous letterwriter

What on earth was your editorial staff thinking when they published an ill-informed and dangerous diatribe against the necessary measures being taken to protect us all from COVID 19? The Letter to the Editor («Stop the tyranny» Vision July 15) was written by a person named Stéphane J. Lalonde.

The views expressed by M. Lalonde, unopposed by the editor and hence seemingly endorsed by your organization, are clearly damaging to public safety and only encourage COVID 19 deniers like himself to promote their views which, it allowed to become common place, will endanger the health and safety of our society.

In addition, the writer, who presumably has no medical training or expertise, since he mentions none, has the hubris to take to task the regional medical officer of health, Dr. Roumeliotis, in what could be construed as a defamatory attack for doing nothing more than what he was hired to do, offering the public the best advice of the medical community to protect ourselves and each other. In passing, he also defames public servants, teachers and politicians, demonstrating his own personal biases and nothing more.

At this critical time in the course of the pandemic, when our communities are tentatively and cautiously entering phase three of reopening, it is all the more important to remain vigilant against the kinds of careless attitudes advocated in this letter, not to give them voice.

Freedom of speech is only a right when it is exercised without doing harm to our fellow citizens. This letter should never have been published and I trust a retraction by your company will be rapidly issued so that you are not tainted as supporters of such dangerous views.

Christopher Morry
Rockland, Ontario

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