You have an absolute right

I was wondering how many people in our area were facing possible job losses, or have already lost a job, due to various employers forcing them to get an experimental vaccine. It appears to me, a non-lawyer, that the mandates violate the law. Actual lawyers should look up 21 US Code Sec.360bbb-3(e)(1)(A), “Authorization for medical products for use in emergencies,” if I got the correct citation. This also applies to denial of an education to those students who do not want to be part of the largest medical experiment ever.

You all have absolute rights to refuse vaccines, or any other medical products, that the FDA only authorized for emergency use. These new vaccines still require several years of clinical trials before they can be licensed. After licensing, then you have legal rights to obtain remedies in the event you suffer an injury from such a product.

By the way, according to recent CDC data from the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System, about 13,068 deaths occurred shortly after receiving a COVID-19 shot. Additionally, up to 81,050 other serious injuries occurred shortly after inoculation. This does not prove causation, but it should cause concern to anyone evaluating the risks versus benefits regarding these vaccines.

Darby Hanson

Goldendale

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Anything but a mask

Normally, we celebrate the start of a new school year, but recently small groups of people have marked the occasion by protesting. Although these protests are allegedly nonpartisan, our local Republican Party has taken a leading role in promoting them. Their signs are ominous and their voices are angry, and it seems as though they’ve suffered a personal affront. One such group recently shut down a Goldendale School District school board meeting and prompted a call to law enforcement apparently because their behavior was so abhorrent.

Their fury stems from the decision to require masks at school. But when we peel away their rhetoric about freedom and liberty, what remains is an appalling threat to our community’s safety. According to medical professionals, COVID-19 is expected to kill approximately 98,000 more Americans by December 1—but that number could be cut in half if everyone wears masks in public spaces.

I have no doubt that these are dedicated, loving parents. It’s disheartening to watch them demanding the “right” to increase their children’s odds of contracting a potentially fatal disease that spreads more readily than the common cold. In July, there were 38,000 cases a week of coronavirus among children; a more recent week ended with more than 180,000 such cases.

Meanwhile, FOX news commentators Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Tucker Carlson encourage their listeners to ingest ivermectin, a deworming medicine for livestock, as an alternative to vaccines. And by golly, many of them are doing just that—sometimes resulting in the need for poison control services.

Anything but a mask, eh?

Rick George

White Salmon

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Educators should not be pawns

I am responding to the article regarding the 911 call from the school board meeting. I was present at the meeting and found the dramatic article very amusing. The meeting was loud at times, yes. Was it threatening? No.

Dr. Ellen Perconti became extemely agitated when she was unable to force people to wear the mask and promptly left the room pulling along any other members who would follow. Three members remained, and they listened as parents voiced their concerns. I wish to thank those members who remained and listened. It appears the superintendent is more concerned with losing funding rather than safety of the children. There is ample evidence/science to prove that muzzling of children is not safe or effective in controlling the spread of a virus. Parents are concerned for their children’s welfare and feel threatened by the actions being taken by the state and local school board. Educators should be advocates for children, not pawns to the government.

Cynthia Arnett

Goldendale

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Don't miss these pages

To all you “older” kids out there reading The Sentinel—don’t skip the Smartypants page! I’m an “older” kid, and it’s one of my favorite parts of the paper. Even when I don’t do the puzzles, I enjoy the trivia facts. That dog with the giant ears in last week’s edition was pretty amazing.

My other favorite page is the Goldendale’s Attic page. Thanks to Richard Lefever for all the history notes. The old advertisements bring back memories of the days when life was simpler and less chaotic.

So don’t skip these amazing pages. Thanks to The Sentinel for including them each week.

Kitt Naught-Tallman

Goldendale