Dear Editor:

I have a friend who refuses to get vaccinated. Part of it is that he doesn’t believe in Western medicine, but mostly he is just stubborn and doesn’t like anyone telling him what to do. He is no dummy. He wears a mask and bumps elbows instead of shaking hands. He knows that COVID-19 kills. Yet I can’t seem to persuade him to get his shots.

I have used all the usual arguments: Vaccines save lives. Vaccines are safe and rigorously tested. Vaccines help us achieve community immunity. (I prefer that to herd immunity, which makes us sound like livestock.)

Sadly, vaccine hesitancy is only going to prolong the pandemic. People will continue to get sick and die from this awful virus. I know my friend doesn’t believe that his refusal to get vaccinated is responsible for worsening the crisis.

But his attitude is part of a larger problem in our self-centered culture, where individuals feel alienated from one another, taking no responsibility for the health and well-being of others. It is blind obeisance to personal freedom, without empathy, the ultimate antisocial behavior.

This country was founded on community values as shown by brave farmers and fishermen who voluntarily took up arms against British troops. We need that kind of team spirit now to defeat COVID.

John Maybury

Moss Beach

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Cid Young

Perhaps show your friend the Obituary pages. I can't help but think that when no cause of death is stated in an obituary, that perhaps they died of "Stubborness'. REFUSED TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE; REFUSED TO MASK; REFUSED TO VACCINATE; REFUSED TO WORRY ABOUT ONE'S SELF OR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS AROUND THEM. It might make a good headstone epitaph, right? Ask him what he want's his Obituary to read.

Personally, I have always longed for mine to read "She enjoyed life to the fullest and survived many of her friends, but on "Fill-in-the-blank- Date" she PASSED AWAY PEACEFULLY IN HER SLEEP! yep, I often thought that's my choice of how I shall pass. Not by "Stubborness" or "Neglegence", but by living a long and fruitful life.

Scott McVicker

The Phantom Menace

Can't be seen. It could be anywhere! Every stranger is a danger...a carrier. If we “save just one life”, then that is good enough justification. The fascination with large numbers which dulls normal reasoning and feeds into the fear narrative. You've been convinced - I get that. Changing your own mind at this point may not be possible. And lest we forget, having the government administer the course of protective measures means that we have been, for far too long, saddled with the lowest common denominator type of thinking.

There are some in society who will never again be comfortable with the risks of life. They have been damaged by prolonged fear. It will never again be “safe enough” for their liking. As we move out of the worst decision in the history of civilization, that damage will remain.

Time (again) to put your quoted total into perspective.

U.S. Death Rate = 8.977 per 1000

U.S. Population 2021 = 331449281

Expected deaths per year = 2,975,420 (every 12 months, year after year)

Multiplied UP by 14/12 months = 3,471,323

Compared with 589,000 COVID-assigned* deaths...but this figure must be scrutinized...as the data shows that those near the end of their life are more likely to be claimed. When you tell yourself that the item you've been searching for is always in the last place you look...we can puzzle as to why it is always old people who die of old age. To expand...

For reference, the average age of death in the U.S. is 78.54 years. We seem to enjoy extended years into our late 70's – despite our ever-declining-health – via the benefits of modern medical care...which may mitigate the effects of co-morbidities. It is expected that when a challenge comes along...some succumb. But let us not force a label (a “Case” designation leading to a statistic) onto what is a natural occurrence.

From a CDC table (which uses 574,045 total deaths, page 2)...

https://data.cdc.gov/NCHS/Provisional-COVID-19-Death-Counts-by-Sex-Age-and-S/9bhg-hcku

We highlight the vulnerable age groups (65+)...

(aged 65-74) 127426 + (aged 75-84) 158234 + (aged 85+) 172985 = 458645.

The percentage of deaths among the vulnerable (defined here as 65+) = 79.9%

The balance of deaths = 20.1% (those not near the average age of death but of unknown health)

589000 times 0.201 = 118,389

...and now the above as a fraction of the total population = 0.00036

Here is the very, very, very small fraction of the population who have died WITH a positive COVID test (or even an assumed positive test). 3.6 in 10,000. Not that deadly, really. So very few affected. Certainly not worth the price which we have paid. And nowhere near a level of threat which would justify the mandated injection of an emergency authorized “vaccine”.

If your fear is such that you must withdraw from the world, that is your choice. But it is not a reasoned choice.

*You'll need to reference a previous post to see how this total was consciously inflated.

George

My last attempt got butchered, so once

more - adjusted:

Aside from a possible death sentence,

the other scary thing about this virus is

its ability to hide and disguise itself

through those that are asymptomatic

(produce no symptoms). While some

are asymptomatic and just don’t know

they carry the virus, they pass it along

to others - some of which may very

well die from it; and the cycle continues.

Current stats show 589,000 (+ 694 new

cases reported yesterday) deaths in

the US; (Wikipedia and others)

https://www.google.com/search?q=current+death+toll+covid+19+usa&sxsrf=ALeKk02VHRzV1v02_5OvIDFTwZfuV-VTVQ%3A1621720748528&source=hp&ei=rH6pYLH7HO3A0PEP3LmzkA8&iflsig=AINFCbYAAAAAYKmMvEZM4_gx8ri_o6U8PK7sw_mE3iqy&oq=current+death+toll&gs_lcp=Cgdnd3Mtd2l6EAEYATICCAAyAggAMgIIADICCAAyAggAMgIIADIFCAAQyQMyAggAMgIIADICCAA6BAgjECc6CwgAELEDEIMBEJECOgUILhCRAjoFCAAQsQM6CwguELEDEMcBEKMCOgUIABCRAjoICC4QsQMQkQI6CAguELEDEIMBOggIABCxAxCDAToICC4QxwEQowI6DgguELEDEIMBEMcBEKMCOggIABCxAxDJAzoFCAAQkgNQ0jFYvltgnpYCaABwAHgAgAGIAYgB-Q2SAQQxMi42mAEAoAEBqgEHZ3dzLXdpeg&sclient=gws-wiz

That’s over 49 Half Moon Bays - Gone!

I can most certainly understand the

author’s concern. This disease is

global and deadly. I suspect that the

author is hoping to reach others.

Let’s hope he is successful.

Maybe you just need a hug, huh Scott?

George

Aside from a possible death sentence, the other scary thing about this virus is its ability to hide and disguise itself through those that are asymptomatic (produce no symptoms). While some are asymptomatic and just don’t know they carry the virus, they pass it along to others - some of which may very well die from it; and the cycle continues.

Current stats show 589,000 (+ 694 new cases reported yesterday) deaths in the US; https://www.google.com/search?q=current+death+toll+covid+19+usa&sxsrf=ALeKk02VHRzV1v02_5OvIDFTwZfuV-VTVQ%3A1621720748528&source=hp&ei=rH6pYLH7HO3A0PEP3LmzkA8&iflsig=AINFCbYAAAAAYKmMvEZM4_gx8ri_o6U8PK7sw_mE3iqy&oq=current+death+toll&gs_lcp=Cgdnd3Mtd2l6EAEYATICCAAyAggAMgIIADICCAAyAggAMgIIADIFCAAQyQMyAggAMgIIADICCAA6BAgjECc6CwgAELEDEIMBEJECOgUILhCRAjoFCAAQsQM6CwguELEDEMcBEKMCOgUIABCRAjoICC4QsQMQkQI6CAguELEDEIMBOggIABCxAxCDAToICC4QxwEQowI6DgguELEDEIMBEMcBEKMCOggIABCxAxDJAzoFCAAQkgNQ0jFYvltgnpYCaABwAHgAgAGIAYgB-Q2SAQQxMi42mAEAoAEBqgEHZ3dzLXdpeg&sclient=gws-wiz That’s over 49 Half Moon Bays - Gone!

I can most certainly understand the author’s concern. This disease is global and deadly. I suspect that the author is hoping to reach others. Let’s hope he is successful.

Maybe you just need a hug, huh Scott?

Scott McVicker

Time to listen to one individual's struggle with the COVID panic. It is a 22 minute plea for sanity. https://www.youtube.com/c/PandemicPodcast

Perhaps you have felt similarly but lacked the words.

Scott McVicker

Let's first re-establish your correct scope of influence. You take care of yourself by eating well and exercising as needed...as you wish to stay healthy/prolong your life. You take precautions regarding becoming ill or injured...again, by not taking undue (at least in your opinion) risks. You drive at sensible speeds...even though you know being on the road carries some risks (accidents, unknown hazards, other drivers). You keep your home repaired...lest you risk expensive repairs in the future. Perhaps you recognize a trend, no? Walk to the hallway mirror and have a look. That's you. Your personal container...powered by your personal operating system...that results in you, the individual.

Don't walk away just yet. When you look in the mirror, do you see your friend's reflection? No, of course not. He or she is a different and distinct individual...with his or her own life experiences and risk tolerance profile. A separate entity. A friend. A friend who, having reached a different conclusion than you, chooses to skip what is being offered via the syringe....this time and, one assumes, on multiple occasions leading into the future.

You express your dismay to your friend regarding his or her conclusions regarding the injections. He or she listens and is not moved. You may have this conversation repeatedly, but the result is unchanged. Now this is important: You have fulfilled your obligation to your friendship...and it is now time to move on. If the choice he or she makes results in a bad outcome, then that is on them. They are at liberty to walk their own path in life...just like you do.

But somehow...you cannot let it go. What on Earth has driven you to seek to impose your conclusions on others? The reason is Fear. This is not to say that you are unique among the populace...you are not...the troika of bloated/ineffective/bumbling government, main stream media ownership by a very few and the perverse economic incentives to business have combined to promote the idea that “catching” this virus is a death sentence. It must be stopped at all costs (“Zero COVID” which is impossible). Every stranger is a potential threat (ref: Rachel Maddow). Even though YOU took the jabs, your could still suffer horribly.

That is the BS you've been fed...which has compelled you to shout “Fire” in a a crowded theater. Fear is the basis for the economy-destroying lockdowns. Fear is the basis for the coming vaccine passports which will end our liberties as Americans (see the online poll at the San Mateo County Journal). No amount of data or links to references provided here will help you. You and others will need to de-program yourselves by researching who and how many died, their ages, how existing diseases contributed and, importantly, the overwhelming percentage of people who recover from their exposure.

Get on it.

Scott McVicker

Worth a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky1QaeICTWs

Scott McVicker

They are further along this path in the UK. It starts with "vaccine" status and slowly works via "updates" to become the enemy of Freedom. With a strong stomach... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKNVEPnI4fY

P.S. From the first entry, it is the San Mateo Daily Journal...not the San Mateo County Journal.

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