Rights carry re­spon­si­bil­i­ties

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - OPINION -

Rights, rights, rights! Joe Howell de­feated Sen. Ervin Yen on that ba­sis — par­ents have the right to be idiots. I was raised by par­ents who taught that with ev­ery right comes a re­spon­si­bil­ity. You have the right to vote, that means you have the re­spon­si­bil­ity to show up and do it. You have the right to de­cide your chil­dren’s med­i­cal care and you have the re­spon­si­bil­ity to con­sider how those de­ci­sions af­fect other chil­dren — es­pe­cially those who must rely on herd im­mu­nity for pro­tec­tion from for­merly dread dis­eases.

Don’t spout about your rights un­less you are pre­pared to ac­cept your re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

Dr. Yen was try­ing to alert Ok­la­homans to their med­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and he was re­paid with votes for ig­no­rance and ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity. Thank you, Dr. Yen, for your ef­forts to bring en­light­en­ment and bet­ter health to the be­nighted. Re­mem­ber that the long arc of his­tory bends to­ward knowl­edge and de­cency — with a lot of hic­cups along the way.

J.K. Craig, Bethany

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