Los Angeles Times

No reasoning with anti-vaxxers

Re “Biden’s vaccine rules ignite angry GOP rhetoric,” Sept. 12

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THE ANTI-VAXXERS WITH WHOM I’ve spoken seem intelligen­t. Despite possessing a good intellect, they seem to be missing an essential body of knowledge. There’s no historical perspectiv­e and only a passing knowledge of even our most recent history. They don’t seem to care about universal notions of the common good over individual desires. This almost self-imposed lack of knowledge may be due to informatio­n age overload.

So, are we destined to succumb to our own folly and ignorance, much like great civilizati­ons of the past? It appears there’s time for us to reverse our trajectory, but only if we act swiftly. Unfortunat­ely, the longer we travel down this path, the tougher it is to reverse our direction. The point of no return draws near with increasing speed, accelerati­ng in recent years and even in recent days. Most frightenin­g is that we may pass it before even realizing that we have.

Edward J. Butorac, Rancho Mirage During our collective struggle to get past the pandemic, even Christian Scientists can look beyond themselves and accept responsibi­lity for protecting everyone from a communicab­le disease. Why is it so hard for certain Republican politician­s, acting like kids who don’t want to eat their vegetables, to understand that it is a moral obligation to act in the best interest of the entire populace? Barbara Jackson

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 ?? Emily Elconin Getty Images ?? PROTESTERS OPPOSED to vaccine mandates gather Aug. 6 in Lansing, Mich. President Biden recently toughened federal rules on vaccinatio­n and testing.
Emily Elconin Getty Images PROTESTERS OPPOSED to vaccine mandates gather Aug. 6 in Lansing, Mich. President Biden recently toughened federal rules on vaccinatio­n and testing.

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