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Letters, Feb. 23

Feeling abandoned

It seems 80-plus seniors have become invisible when it comes to COVID-19 vaccinations and appointments to get them.

Epidemiologists tell us we are the most vulnerable population, and obituary notices confirm the fact. Rumors swirl about preferential treatment provided to other groups or individuals. More and more groups are being jammed together, all seeking scarce shots and nearly nonexistent appointments.

My case is likely typical. I use a computer, find county and state websites, am told I am eligible to receive a shot, and am encouraged to make an appointment. I try to to so. But guess what? No available appointments, not tomorrow, or next week, or next month.

It’s strange, a flood of information telling us what to do but providing no way to do it. What a bloody, messed-up system.

I begrudge no one who has managed to get a shot. Nonetheless, I’d like readers to know that I and others like me feel abandoned, about to become societal road-kill. I’m 85.

Jim Dean


Senators violated their oath

On Feb. 13, Senate Republicans violated their oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, and undermined its framework creating a nation of laws, applicable to all, where political power is transferred by the votes of the people.

Their ruling, that sending an armed mob to obstruct congressional certification procedures isn’t impeachable, now authorizes interference with state election officials, mob terrorism, vandalism, property damage, and serious bodily injury, including homicide, as legitimate methods to win elections or maintain power. All predicated on months of falsehoods and fabrications alleging fraud and a “stolen” election unsupported by evidence and unproven in court.

Gerrymandering, voter suppression laws, Nixonian “dirty tricks,” slimy negative ads were already in the GOP tool kit. What’s next? Assassinations? Indiscriminate bombings? Is there a bridge they’re unwilling to cross in the effort to win elections? Will we become like Afghans or Iraqis who, threatened by Taliban and al-Qaida, vote at their peril?

Far-fetched? Are you prepared to vote at polls “protected” by armed Proud Boys and Oath Keepers waving Confederate flags?

Where will these senators — self-serving, cowardly, myopic — next take us with their death-grip on the perquisites of political power?

Fred Krasner


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