Deniers of covid and climate prompt pessimism

Regarding the commentary “Does too strong a message turn some from vaccine?” The Herald, Sept. 19) is well-intended but maddening. Professor S. Shyam Sundar seems to have the patience of Job, as he hopefully proposes various strategies and craftily nuanced approaches aimed at wheedling the hold-outs into reconsidering their stance against covid-19 vaccination.

Alas, patience, is not my strong suit. Frankly, I have just about zero for the 80 million unvaccinated (can this number even be true?) who are “conducting their own research, waiting to see how things go, just asking questions, etc.” Not that they care.

The Herald Editorial Board then gamely writes on climate change (“Summer of extremes calls for climate change action,” The Herald, Sept. 19). Well, good luck with that. From what I’ve gleaned, antivaxxers and climate-change deniers are quite often birds of a feather.

Hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think any of this is going to end particularly well. Even when (and I’m being optimistic here) this pandemic is in our rear view mirror, I doubt some actions and attitudes will ever be forgotten or forgiven. Shouldn’t have had to be that way.

Also, for Pete’s sake, bring back the Mother Goose & Grimm comic strip! (Please.)

Candace Plog


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