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No time to sow seeds
of doubt in vaccine

I was distressed to read the FDA debated the use of the “emergency use authorization” for a COVID-19 vaccine (“FDA debates use of “emergency” vaccine,” Oct. 24).

Vaccines, one of the greatest public health achievements, have come to be questioned and feared. Now is not the time to be planting seeds of doubt into the public. Instead, efforts should focus on establishing credibility and trust, when people are still forming their perception and opinions of a coronavirus vaccine.

If we allow doubt to be sowed, no matter how effective the vaccine may be, it will be useless if there are not enough people willing to take it.

Nathalie Lopez

Assange case pivotal
for press freedom

Even though election coverage seems nonstop, not enough attention has been paid to something at the heart of our democracy: the freedom of the press.

The most crucial press freedom case in decades is going on right now. The Trump administration indicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. He faces up to 175 years in prison for award-winning journalism that exposed war crimes and helped change public debate around the world. The case against Assange is flimsy and relies on dangerous legal theories that would cripple investigative journalism.

Neither Trump nor Biden have given any indication that they will defend press freedom. We should always know where candidates stand on the First Amendment. Trump should stop trying to extradite Assange, or better yet, pardon him. Biden should go on record calling for an end to the case. The press and the public need to step up the pressure and hold politicians accountable.

Laura Wells

Theater story recalls
Pittsburg of old

Re. “Historic theater receives $1 million grant,” Oct. 28 :

Thank you for airing this article. I remember going to the California Theatre as a boy many years ago.

Pittsburg has changed a great deal due to urban renewal but that part of my past, I am happy to say, remains.

Robert Sinuhe

In child sex trafficking
fight, awareness is key

Re: “A teen girl, stranded at a bus stop, was offered help by a stranger. For the next month, a man and woman trafficked her across California and Arizona,” Oct. 24:

Thank you so much for covering this story. It is devastating how often this happens to children and youth every day in our country. In 2019, one in six reported runaways were likely victims of child sex trafficking, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Holding buyers and traffickers accountable is incredibly important for addressing this problem.

What many people don’t realize, however, is that preventing this from happening to any other child or youth will require more than law enforcement. We must also address the social and community conditions that make young people vulnerable to sexual exploitation and then to be bought and sold.

One thing that could make a difference is for everyone, especially educators and health professionals who interact with children and youth every day, to be educated about human trafficking, risk factors, red flags and prevention efforts.

Michaela Taylor

Comic strip’s lynching
reference objectionable

I strongly object to the view of the Mallard Fillmore cartoon of Oct. 26 that the Clarence Thomas hearings were a “lynching.”

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