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Readers ponder how to navigate healthcare in post-vaccine era, mandatory civics education in classrooms.

How do we navigate vaccine status of health care workers?

I am a COVID-vaccinated senior who recently decided to resume dental care and made an appointment with my long-time dentist. When I received a confirmation call, I asked about whether the dental hygienist was vaccinated and was told that they couldn't share that information about staff because of HIPA. I subsequently cancelled my appointment, not feeling safe with a possibly unvaccinated person, even with full PPE on, so close to my unprotected nose and mouth. The response I received was astounding to me: I was asked to let the office know where I would like my records transferred to.

My sister had a completely different experience with her dentist who contacted her about resuming care, saying everyone in the office was fully vaccinated. What a welcoming and reassuring message.

This is an issue that people are really going to have to figure out if those of us who are vaccinated are going to feel safe navigating a world where a very dangerous virus is still a threat, where unvaccinated people are going about unmasked, and where politics, not science seems to be running things.

I think a dental office could make sure all their staff are vaccinated and obtain their permission to share this information with the public, in order to reassure patients. I'm looking.

Sharon Schrock


Teaching civics is ineffective without basic education

In reference to the Our Opinion editorial in the May 26 issue of the newspaper — Yes it is time that the legislature mandate the age appropriate teaching of civic education to all grade levels of Oregon students.

Unless the students can read and understand the text books and other teaching materials used to teach, civic education is a waste of student time and taxpayer resources.

A year or so before Governor Queen Brown made the COVID-19 pandemic a political fiasco, state tests showed that half of all sixth-grade students weren't reading at fourth-grade levels.


Isn't it time our local school board and the district school superintendent started cleaning up their students' reading mess?

For union political reasons, like all other labor unions, the leadership of the teachers' union is protecting the less effective teacher members from the consequences of failure to perform.

I know — look at the results of the last election. Lenthal Kaup,


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