The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

S-N Editorial

The plight of personal responsibility


November 5, 2020


O'Brien County ranked No. 1 in the state Friday with a 23.4 percent COVID-19 positivity rate over the last two weeks.

The term "personal responsibility" is a loaded one. Everyone claims to possess this virtuous attribute, but it's often weaponized against people who apparently lack it. It seems many folks believe that if everyone took a little personal responsibility in their lives, there would be no addiction, poverty or societal injustices across this great land.

Of course, it's not that simple and by no means that easy. That reality has been made abundantly clear during this never-ending pandemic.

You don't need to look far to discover the dearth of personal responsibility that has taken hold here in Io...

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