Doughnuts offered as a shot in the arm to encourage vaccines.

Puritanism, H.L. Mencken wrote, “is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”

A better definition is “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be enjoying a doughnut.”

Sure, it seems unbelievable, but walking among us are those who would deny others the right to enjoy the two best kinds of leavened fried dough in the world – glazed and free.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, which along with Michael Jordan, Andy Griffith, Vick’s Vaporub and the word “y’all” ranks among North Carolina’s greatest exports, is trying to do something good for humanity.

To encourage everyone to get vaccinated against the coronavirus so we can ditch these masks and start having family reunions again, KK had the brilliant idea of offering to anyone who gets vaccinated a free doughnut a day through the end of the year.

They had me at free.

And doughnut.