This is in response to the letter to the editor by Frank Scalia which was printed on Thursday, June 10, 2021.

Everyone should get the COVID-19 vaccine, though I can understand any uneasiness tied to it. Our government hardly ever gives anything out for free, which can cause some concern when the vaccine is being provided for free. The proof of vaccination that comes with it shouldn’t be seen as a tool to segregate anyone. I have not personally been asked for proof of my vaccination, even though I have it readily available on my LA Wallet app that includes my driver’s license. Those who refuse the vaccine should know that they are putting others at risk by going to events where they could contract the virus or pass it on to others.

To say that citizens are being pitted against each other over race and political beliefs is nothing new. We must remember that the civil rights movement has not ended. The separation between political parties has become increasingly divided which should bring to light the need for more than two parties. The Green and Libertarian parties should be included in national politics instead of being blacklisted and excluded from debates. Having only two controlling parties is just asking for this division between citizens.

The claim that the military is weeding out anyone who doesn’t agree with global warming, agrees with the second amendment, and has conservative opinions is incorrect. The military is trying to keep extremists from enlisting, not simply refusing all Republicans.

Having claimed that critical race theory is purely Marxism is incorrect. It is not a political faction, rather it is teaching the youth of the country about how racism shaped the way we live and how our public policy was shaped by the racism that has run rampant in our country for hundreds of years.

The First Amendment is one of the most well-known across the country, and it must be known that there are consequences when used to make statements that are hateful or incite violence. Just because we have the right to speak our minds freely, does not mean that people should be allowed to be hateful online with no repercussions. When anyone can post anything online without moderation, online environments will become toxic and ineffective at their goal of giving people a commonplace to have a voice virtually.

No time soon do I see the citizens of the United States of America losing their freedoms. If anything, we will have more individualized freedom away from the exclusive ways of the past.

Timothy Holdiness


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I am sad to see any of our youth supporting the evil of Critical Race Theory. I recently attended the last of my four year old granddaughter's t-ball games. My son and daughter-in-law coached the very diverse team of four and five year olds. It warmed my heart to see all those little children, who know nothing about hate yet, on the field laughing and playing together with nothing but good in their hearts. I couldn't count all the hugs throughout the season, between players and coaches and players and other players. After the last game, as they were leaving, my daughter-in-law got a big hug from one of the little boys. She is white and the little boy was black. Neither of them were seeing color, just heartfelt love as it should be. My daughter-in-law teared up because she said she was going to miss the little boy and the others on the team. These children know nothing about racism or hate. It is taught, I suspect mostly by adults. Critical Race Theory is not biblical. I would encourage Timothy Holdiness to check his Bible if he is a Christian. Oppressors are not identified by their gender, the color of their skin or their ethnicity and you are not born with hate in your heart. As far as getting the vaccine, it is an experimental drug, not approved by the FDA. Consider this, so far this year, the FDA has recalled 364 drugs that were previously approved, for a plethora of reasons. I'm going to guess Timothy has done little research on the side effects associated with the vaccine, particularly the deaths. A new study published by medRxiv shows hydroxychloroquine, combined with zinc, increased the survival rate of severely ill coronavirus patients by 200 percent. Many people choose to get the treatment with a drug that has been proven to be successful for many years with little or no side effects. There could be a number of reasons why a person might choose not to get the vaccine, all of which are nobody's business but their own. People have the freedom in this country to make their own decisions about their health care.

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