Letters to the Editor (Jan. 6 2022)

Never Stop Listening to One Another

I read Johanna Zee’s Dec. 23 letter to the editor in The Sentinel. I also read S.H. and Patricia N.’s Dec. 30 letters to the editor in response to Johanna Zee’s prior letter.

All three of the individuals obviously are intelligent, well thought individuals. They all had valid points that are worth thinking through. They all provoked a desire to research for oneself and decide what fits your understanding and position best.

What I do think bears more attention though, is not the various debatable data sites or questionable assertions, but attention to the point that Johanna Zee made in reference to the division amongst us all. I am not only referencing the division amongst the population in regard to the “science” and the various “claims” and “studies”. I am referencing JZ’s assertion that too often we are shutting down dialogue amongst ourselves and choosing our corners and sniping from our bunkered positions.

The propaganda is from both sides. Even the greatest scientific minds in the world are coming to differing conclusions from one another. And all are subject to change, based upon another test, or new data.

One question we all need to be asking: “The gov’t cares about us all of the sudden? Then why doesn’t the gov’t give us free cancer treatment? Free diabetes treatment?” These are both true killers.

It seems to me that this is about freedom of choice. “My body, my choice” still rings true for many people. We can’t trust the propaganda on either side.

George Bush said, “Give us a little more of your freedoms and we will keep you safe.” Ben Franklin said, “Those who would give up freedom for safety, deserve neither.” Two perspectives.

It’s a personal, individual choice. But we must never stop listening to one another. Who knows — regardless of which side of the issue you stand on, if you show respect, have an open, listening attitude, you may just win someone over. 


—Deborah Howell 

Cottage Grove

True Curiosity Requires an Open Mind

There are many opinions regarding what constitutes “worthy” information. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but not to their own facts. I am responding partially to a couple of letters purporting to debunk another writer’s letter here.

Anyone who can read and think can do research. I would encourage anyone who demands that someone they disagree with, supply “citations of actual original papers, research and websites,” to do deeper research of their own. Honest research requires digging past hit pieces which are opinions disguised as “fact checked” articles, and Wikipedia, which isn’t accepted by any educator as reliable. True curiosity requires an open mind. Cherry picking information to fit one’s own bias isn’t research.

Comparing VAERS to a police tip line is cute, but misleading. The vast majority of reporting is from doctors and medical institutions. As with any dataset collected from a population at large, the value is in being able to identify trends at large. Even ignoring the content of the reports, there has been a massive increase in the rate of reports in 2021. Why is there reporting at an unprecedented rate?

Ms. Zee in her letter was making a valid point that there is a fundamental problem in the medical industry of which vaccination campaigns are a part. Pfizer, the world’s largest drug company, has been assessed the largest criminal fine in US history as part of a $2.3 billion settlement for mis-promoting medicines and for paying kickbacks to compliant doctors. Maybe generally, businesses are not interested in killing their customers, but they are interested in maximizing profitability. If a product is harmful, but doesn’t hurt sales, it won’t necessarily stop them.

Anyone can wear masks and get vaccinated if they want. If someone is concerned about making other people ill, and they believe a mask will prevent illness, then perhaps they should have been masked long before COVID. Everyone just do their best to live their own best life.


—Fraeda J. Bradley