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Today someone painted, “Go Home” on the road at the north end of Lincoln City.

In a community that largely ignored the global concern over COVID-19, I find it embarrassing.

Residents of the coast routinely rely on Salem’s and outlnying areas for groceries, gas and necessities, however, when the reverse happens, it is met with ugliness and hatred. We are in this crisis together.

The coast offers space, fresh air and miles of beaches; a peace of mind no one engineered or designed. Our restaurants and stores are grateful for the business locals will not give. We must share our resources, encourage each other, remember that condo owners, fractional owners and second home owners are technically residents and support our community infrastructures.

Yes, we must use caution. Yes, we must be mindful, but NO, we must not scapegoat and target others for our fears.

Many locals would not hesitate to open their doors for family and loved ones who need a place to stay. Those same loved ones could be considered “tourists” by someone else’s standards.

Let us be a community who embraces and not shuns. As far as I’ve been told, the death rate is still one per person...how do we face what eventually is inevitable?

Yes, my own family members are medically fragile. Yes, I have pulmonary issues; yet I would rather open my home and my space in this uncertain time than to live my days in fear and hostility.

MeLinda Wentz,

Lincoln City

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dirtyoldrockhound

People were frustrated. The government was not acting. If its just a little spray paint on the road begging people to go home and socially distance and it worked to get our officials to act and people to realize their selfish choices, GOOD.

sandyfeet

Lets be a community that embraces our locals and the “Stay at Home” policy. Not one that tries to rationalize a way out of it.

celine99

I am absolutely stunned at Ms Wentz' comments. All across this country, across the world, people are "sheltering-in-place", trying to lessen the impact of this nasty bug as it spreads into every corner of the globe. The rules our Governor has put in place are just simple, common good sense and intelligent reasoning rules in the face of a very frightening world event. She is simply following the recommendations of the scientific/medical expert community who are working so hard under such difficult circumstances (i.e., DC non-leadership) to try to contain and halt the virus as quickly as possible. Anyone who views the request to stay at home as an expression of hostility or hatred (really?) desperately needs to go away and adjust their perspective...or perhaps take a trip through a COVID-19 ICU unit.

Ms Wentz may be willing to put herself, her family and friends at risk (which in turn, of course, puts the rest of us at risk), but I doubt many others will agree with her. Why would you do this just for the sake of "friendship"? What is "friendly" about exposing people to severe illness, even death?...or is profit more likely what this is all about? We all feel for employees who have lost their jobs and small businesses that have had to close down, but as a friend of mine expressed "PRIORITIES PEOPLE"! How about those employees who are still working and who have put themselves at great risk, i.e., nurses, doctors and other medical staffers, checkers in grocery stores, truck drivers and delivery people...in short, anyone considered "essential" and who cannot stay at home but must expose themselves to this disease for the good f the rest of us?!

The irony here is that we will get through this together as long as we stay apart. Don't listen to anyone who tells you otherwise!

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