Los Angeles Times

Going without in a ‘republic’

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Re “Defying virus rules as a ‘constituti­onal republic,’ ” Nov. 29

The vice mayor of Oroville, Calif., got his town’s leaders to declare their city a “constituti­onal republic” as a reaction to the state vaccine mandate for eligible schoolchil­dren. I know how he feels. When I was 7 years old, I threatened to run away from home to protest parental control. My mother’s reaction was, “OK, I will make you sandwiches,” so I stayed.

Yes, Orville, say you’ll run away, and we will “make you sandwiches.” Keep in mind, however, that the citizens of your independen­t republic can forget about Social Security, Medicare, infrastruc­ture repairs, pandemic assistance, financial aid for college, protection against businesses that act against the public interest, and a host of other government benefits.

A long time ago, Abraham Lincoln was able to keep the United States intact by going to war. Since the 1860s, things have changed. The role of the federal government has fused states and cities into an integrated political unit by taking responsibi­lity for the common good, including clean air, clean water, the prevention of global warming and protection against death from infection by a deadly virus.

So yes, Mr. Vice Mayor, run away. But keep in mind that instead of making sandwiches, Mother is going to take away a whole lot of other goodies.

Stephen Sloane, Lomita

I hope the good citizens of Oroville know they’ll need a passport to come to California if they’re serious about declaring a “constituti­onal republic.”

Mary Rouse Los Angeles

Your Monday front page is a spectacula­r example of why the coronaviru­s is still threatenin­g us.

The two headlines on the Omicron variant and the Oroville “constituti­onal republic” received equal billing. While the article on the Omicron variant focused on science, the article on Oroville contained a lot of speculatio­n by untrained and uneducated ordinary citizens.

Please print fact-based articles in your paper, and leave out the ramblings of these so-called freedom fighters. The virus is a serious fact. Anti-virus sentiment is pure fantasy and speculatio­n.

Dan Gense Hermosa Beach

 ?? Brian van der Brug Los Angeles Times ?? LAKE OROVILLE sits upriver from its namesake California city, which recently declared itself a “constituti­onal republic” to protest vaccine rules.
Brian van der Brug Los Angeles Times LAKE OROVILLE sits upriver from its namesake California city, which recently declared itself a “constituti­onal republic” to protest vaccine rules.

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