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Letters, Jan. 28

Pleasantly shocked

Our heartfelt thanks to the National Guard, Providence and Asante for providing our COVID vaccine Saturday morning. We were pleasantly shocked to say the least.

We had not registered but decided to take our chances Saturday morning. We filled out the forms and arrived at the Jackson County Expo half expecting to be turned away. Instead, the staff quickly checked our forms, asked one or two questions, and marked our windshield indicating we were good to go. Every step was organized and efficient and everyone was kind and patient. A few minutes later we both received our vaccine along with a wonderful peace of mind.

Thank you from an Asante employee and her 94-year-old Navy veteran father, who knows military-like precision when he sees it.

Jackie Greer and Jack Buckley


Vaccine event well-run

Bravo to the organizers of the COVID vaccination distribution event at the Jackson County Fairgrounds! It was very well planned and executed. I was in and out of there on Friday morning in 45 minutes. And a special thanks to all of the volunteers working out in the cold. Job well done!

Darlene Ensor, RN


Incremental degradation

If I may, I would like to submit a partial quote from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn from his Templeton Lecture, 1983.

“Over a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.’ Since then I have spent well-nigh 50 years working on the history of our revolution ... But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: “Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.”

I am not the scholar or historian that Solzhenitsyn was, but from my perspective, our country is following in the footsteps of a failed socialist state, and is headed away from the freedom our founding patriots intended, and fought hard to establish; our constitutional republic. Now we see it being incrementally replaced with socialist-leaning leadership who “have forgotten God.”

Gary Spires

Eagle Point

Barone column off base

In one sentence of his column Friday morning, Michael Barone adds to the evidence that Republican and right-wing apologists for disgraced ex-President Trump will continue to peddle their whataboutisms, false equivalencies and outright lies.

Barone wrote, “But Biden’s coronavirus policy looks very much like Trump’s.”

Let’s see. Biden’s relief plan would establish community vaccination centers across the U.S. and send mobile units to remote communities. Patients would have their costs covered by the federal government regardless of their immigration status. In addition, it would expand testing efforts and help schools and governments implement routine testing. Other efforts would focus on developing better treatments for COVID-19 and improving efforts to identify and track new strains of the virus, based on actual science.

Funny, but I can’t find anything like that in Trump’s policies. Trump’s policies pretty much consisted of lying to the American people regarding the seriousness of the pandemic, and rejecting science and vilifying scientists while promoting the views of charlatans and snake-oil salesmen. The trouble is that most of the zombie insurrectionists, enablers and dupes who voted for Trump won’t bother to check the facts. Why should they, when columnists like Barone will tell them what they are?

John Rose


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