The Christian poet and cleric John Donne wrote an often-quoted poem in which he reminds us that "no man (or woman) is an island entire of itself." Rather, we are a part of a community.

It follows that needlessly to cause another's suffering or death is wrong. Specifically, now, to refuse to wear a mask or to be vaccinated is wrong.

Religion has taught for a long time that the goal is not the exercise of individual freedom, but compliance with a command as set forth in both the Old and the New Testament: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Please, take care of your neighbors.

ROBERT and KERSTIN ADAMS

Astoria