Ink Out Loud: Deadly armchair quarterbacks |

Ink Out Loud: Deadly armchair quarterbacks

The presence of armchair quarterbacks is not limited to those watching the Super Bowl. Everyone knows people who blather on and on about an occupation in which they don’t have training or experience. These people suppose they could do the job better even though they’ve never tried.

Now parents are armchair quarterbacks. They’re not just yelling at television screens. They are deciding to forgo the knowledge and research of those with years of medical school and take the word of some mystical person on the Internet. They are staring at a computer screen and believing information that can kill their children as well as other people.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, “The United States experienced a record number of measles cases during 2014, with 644 cases from 27 states reported to CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). This is the greatest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000.”

I suppress my urge to blurt out names and call people ignorant, but it is high time we get with the program folks.

This disease was all-but-gone in the United States. Now it’s coming back with a vengeance.

For the love of humanity and for the love of your children — please get every child vaccinated.

Mandy Feder is the Managing Editor of the Tahoe Daily Tribune. She can be reached at or 530-542-8006.

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