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Your Views Sunday, Jan. 17

Parents don’t need vaccine instruction

Regarding “Vaccine rule should stay in place” (Opinion, Jan. 13): I disagree that parents need a "brief instructional presentation" before receiving an exemption for vaccinations. Parents who choose not to vaccinate their children have already received an "instructional presentation," and it was not brief. These parents are doing their homework. They are reading the literature and vaccine inserts. They are researching the side effects. They have seen their friends and family injured by vaccines. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has paid out almost $4 billion. How's that for safe and effective?

Parents do not need any state indoctrination that many would say only benefits the pharmaceutical industry.

Mark Chippeaux, Yukon

10 Republicans stayed true to Constitution

"Much more will become clear in coming days and weeks, but what we know now is enough. The president of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the president. The president could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution. I will vote to impeach the president."

No, not my quote. No, not from a Democrat, liberal or antifa. Certainly not from any member of the Oklahoma congressional delegation (too much courage.) This is from Liz Cheney, the No. 3 unanimously elected Republican in the House of Representatives and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, one of the staunchest Republicans in the history of the republic. She was one of 10 Republicans voting for impeachment. Congrats to them for staying true to the Constitution.

Steven M. Ditto, Oklahoma City

We need to stand together against COVID

In 2001, America witnessed the horror of 9/11. The country came together as 2,977 people died on that day. COVID-19 is killing more than 3,300 people every day in the U.S. Have we become so COVID fatigued that we have lost sight of what is happening? If we could have stopped those terrorists from gaining control of the planes, wouldn’t we have moved heaven and earth to do so? The death toll from the virus is equivalent to a terrorist attack every day. Yet, people sit around and argue the politics of wearing masks.

We hear more about supposed personal liberty than about personal responsibility. Local news shows large numbers of people traveling for holidays and crowds at various venues with no masks in sight. The "Oklahoma Standard” is about Oklahomans looking out for one another, yet it seems to have been forgotten in regard to COVID-19.

Our concern should be the safety of ourselves, our own family and everyone else’s family. With a vaccine starting to be distributed, this pandemic could be over in 6 to 9 months. Everyone adhering to the guidelines proposed by the CDC could save hundreds of thousands of lives between now and then. Alternatively, if people refuse to follow the guidelines and refuse the vaccine, the pandemic could go on for years. We need to decide who we are and what we want for this country. It is time to stand together and battle the most deadly terrorist of our time — COVID-19. Wear a mask.

Marie Hanigan, Edmond

Biden, Harris and political corruption

Before voting on Nov. 3, all members of my family read Peter Schweizer's book, "Profiles In Corruption." Of the many chapters detailing serious corruption by American politicians, two were devoted to Kamala Harris and Joe Biden. The details were carefully footnoted even though Harris and Biden both have denied they have done anything improper to enrich themselves during their political careers. If the allegations in the book are untrue, why have Biden and Harris not launched multimillion-dollar lawsuits against Schweizer?

Roger L. Jackson, Oklahoma City

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