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Letters, Jan. 29

Vaccinate the oldest first

On page B1 of the Mail Tribune Jan. 22 a headline read “Vaccination effort incredibly successful.”

In the first paragraph it stated “... organizers issued an emergency message that the three-day event is not for senior citizens ” On page B3 the headline read “7 in county die of coronavirus.” Their ages: 72 to 100. I say the vaccination effort is incredibly successful at vaccinating the wrong people.

Oregon death rate statistics for the oldest of our citizens are startling:

Age deaths death rate of infected

80-plus 926 18.6%

70-79 430 6.5%

60-69 244 2.18%

50-59 109 0.65%

40-49 30 0.14%

30-39 15 0.06%

20-29 3

0-19 1

(As of Jan. 16)

Gov. Brown made a heartless decision to prioritize children going back to school a few weeks earlier rather than vaccinating the oldest first to save lives. Other states are vaccinating the oldest and high risk first, stating “it’s the fastest way to lower the death rate and hospitalizations.” How many parents or grandparents will die so students might improve their math skills?

The statistics don’t lie, there will be many preventable deaths.

Larry Carson

Eagle Point

Truth is in the details

Gayle Merz claims “Cliff Benz was on the side of Republicans objecting to the Electoral College votes from Pennsylvania.”

Democrats and Republicans witnessed the vote counting for this presidential election. Both had the opportunity to speak up if irregularities were found. Both had the opportunities to file legal challenges.

I wondered about this fraud claim and looked into the details. The truth is in the details, not the opinions. If you read the actual legal transcript from the court case in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, you see a different story than what is blasted across social media and television.

“THE COURT: I understand. I am asking you a specific question and I am looking for a specific answer. Are you claiming that there is any fraud in connection with these 592 disputed ballots?

MR. GOLDSTEIN: To my knowledge at present, no.

THE COURT: Are you claiming that there is any undue or improper influence upon the elector with respect to these 592 ballots?

MR. GOLDSTEIN: To my knowledge at present, no.”

Bentz was wrong to challenge the electorate. When you distrust a certified, deeply reviewed election process, you put democracy at risk. Representative Bentz’s behavior is a threat to our democracy.

David Nickum

Ashland

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