Reviews | Anti-Vaxxers and their enablers


For the publisher:

Re “Better to be safe than sorry”: Los Angeles reinstates mandate for indoor masks “(press article, July 19):

The requirement to wear masks indoors for those who are fully vaccinated can put the brakes on the vaccination movement. The attitude may now be: why get vaccinated if you still have to wear a mask? Instead of encouraging vaccinations, Los Angeles County is discouraging them.

Many people fear the vaccine and need a good incentive to take it. The just reward of going without a mask has been unfairly snatched away.

JoAnn Lee Frank
Clearwater, Florida

For the publisher:

Re “where few people have received a vaccine against Covid, many get sick” (front page, July 18):

The Arkansas pulmonologist who cares for patients who flooded Covid-19 wards this summer did so back. It is not selfish of Dr. Rebecca Martin to complain about not being able to come home to dinner with her children. Rather, that label belongs to those in his community who have refused a safe and effective vaccine against a deadly disease and now need his expertise.

Debbie Duncan
Stanford, California

For the publisher:

Re “Vocal chiropractors divide the profession on vaccines” (Affaires, July 16):

I read this article with great dismay but no surprise. I am a chiropractor from Missouri, a low immunization state. I am professionally and personally surrounded by people whose delusions promote the spread of the Covid, in all its terrifying forms. I was grateful to have been vaccinated in January and signed up to volunteer at vaccination clinics.

The chiropractor can offer a healthy alternative to traditional medical care. At our best, we can effectively manage the pain and dysfunction of musculoskeletal injuries without the use of drugs or surgery. At worst, we are dangerous and lead people astray with false claims.

The positions on vaccines expressed by some healthcare professionals in this article are misinformed and irresponsible, and they should be penalized by our state councils.

Linda W. Smith
Saint Louis

For the publisher:

Re “The Republican Path From Warp Speed ​​Praise to Vaccine Opposition” (news analysis, July 19):

The position of many Republican politicians, at least publicly, is that the government should not dictate that our people be vaccinated. You quote Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s tweet: “People have a choice, they don’t need your brown medical shirts to show up at their doorstep to order vaccinations. You cannot force people to be part of the human experience.

So let me be clear: this is the same party that insists the government has the right to force women to maintain pregnancies whether they want to or not, and does whatever it takes. may to pass anti-abortion legislation. Do people have a choice?

Hinda Keller Farber
New Rochelle, New York State

For the publisher:

Re “Her fight to expose Epstein and earn a living”, by Michelle Goldberg (column July 18):

I guess I worked hard as a journalist. I had a little trouble getting a book on breast cancer published in the 1970s when the subject was, as they say, secret. There were even moments of danger – one or two prison riots – while I was at NBC.

But when I read Ms. Goldberg’s column about what Julie K. Brown went through trying to get the truth about sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, I was humbled. She not only knocked herself out to figure out the story, but she also did it without any encouragement from her Miami Herald employers.

They allowed her to continue the story, but reduced her salary, which made her think about what she calls her “waitress ribs from my early years in journalism.”

The Herald had nothing against Mrs. Brown; he was just going through tough times and didn’t have the luxury of supporting a journalist’s talent and industry.

Given that, it didn’t make sense for her to move forward. But she did. She felt she had to do it. And now her push is a book, “Perversion of Justice,” which I just ordered.

Betty rollin
new York
The writer is the author of “First, You Cry” and “Last Wish”.

Capturing the huge wind potential of rural states like Wyoming and the Dakotas has been underway for a long time, but transmission plans have been delayed by funding hurdles and friction between state and federal regulators. The injection of funds for a new transmission pending Infrastructure framework is a crucial step in the right direction. Giving the proposed Grid Authority the means to break the deadlock on permits is another.

At the same time, we must make a major effort to develop solar energy at the local level. The extension of the federal investment tax credit for residential solar beyond its planned phase-out at the end of 2023 is a key step. This must include a provision allowing low and modest income households to convert the tax credit into an outright subsidy.

Now is not the time to choose between growing and becoming local in our transition to renewable energies. We clearly need a strong commitment to both.

Philippe warburg
Newton, Mass.
The writer is a senior fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Boston University.


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