Some residents held a counter-rally at the North Island Hospital Comox Valley campus Thursday afternoon, showing support for health care workers. (Submitted photo)

Some residents held a counter-rally at the North Island Hospital Comox Valley campus Thursday afternoon, showing support for health care workers. (Submitted photo)

LETTER: It’s time to support healthcare workers again

We need to counter the behaviour of protesters with support, letter writer says

To the editor,

Now is the time to show our strong support for those very special people who work in our health care system. Given that the majority of citizens respect and deeply appreciate these very special, committed health care services folks — we really need to make the effort to express our acknowledgement. Remember when we rang bells and honked horns at 7 p.m. in many areas of the province? Signs of appreciation went up, cards were sent, most of us felt very proud and deeply thankful to these folks.

Right now, we personally feel a sense of embarrassment, even shame for those individuals who would actually abuse the people that are caring for us. We know when, and if, one of these abusive protesters becomes seriously ill or needs emergency care, they will receive it without question.

To those protesters out there, we ask you: how is it humanly possible to conduct yourselves in this way? Are you next going to protest laws against drinking and driving? Seat belt requirements? Or, wanting the right to speed in school zones? Your unacceptable, unlawful and dangerous behaviour is infringing on all our rights.

So, to the majority of folks out there, let’s make every effort to try and counter the abuse and negative actions of the few disconnected people. Let’s start celebrating all the people on all the front lines; health workers, responders, service sector employees, any kind of support will help, even a few kind words. Really, what is the big deal with putting a mask on when in places that they are required? Please, think of those out there, trying to do their jobs!

Steve, Myla and Jacob Frankel

Ladysmith,B.C.

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