I am writing in rousing support of the (Center for the Performing Arts) and their COVID-19 policies and in response to a letter to the editor dated Oct. 12, 2021, titled “Withdraw financial support in response to new policies.”
The author of the letter suggested we all need to “stand up” and how we “can effect change” but presumed everyone agreed with their opinion on how to do so. So, I stood up by immediately purchasing a season subscription to the Palladium.
I am very grateful for and applaud the Center for the Performing Arts’ COVID-19 precautions put in place simply to help keep all of us safe. Personally, I would prefer they even be taken a step further to require everyone to be vaccinated (with consideration for medical exemptions of course). I look forward to attending shows in the remainder of the 2021-22 season along with other music and art appreciators who also care about the health and wellbeing of their fellow man. We are very privileged to have such an organization and one that promotes such timeless music as the American Songbook in a beautiful venue like the Palladium in our community.
A final thought. This pandemic and policies towards curbing it have nothing to do with our “freedoms.” To that point, the following quote comes to mind:
“A freedom that only asks what’s in it for me,
A freedom without commitment to others,
A freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism,
Is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.” – Barack Obama
Christina Cerimele, Carmel