As usual, Matt Grocott is wrong, again, in his column titled “Liberty and Freedom” in the Nov. 9 issue of the Daily Journal (This is becoming monotonous!).

Mr. Grocott takes the words liberty and freedom out of context, and uses them in ways that they are not meant to be used. If Mr. Grocott knew anything about U.S. history and U.S. law, and, if he read and understood the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, he would know that no where in the rule of law in America does it say that a citizen can endanger the lives of other citizens. There is plenty of U.S. case law (settled laws) that clearly state that the public’s well-being outweighs the individual rights of its citizens.

The U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence clearly state that “liberty” and “freedom” were in reference to the oppressive laws and rules of the King of England’s reign, and that Americans would learn from that history and enjoy life, liberty and happiness. It does not mean that any person can endanger the lives of other people.

Mr. Grocott’s anti-government and anti-vaccination stance is what is going to make this pandemic last longer than it has to, and, American lives will be endanger for a long time to come. Thanks Matt!

Michael Oberg

San Mateo

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Our laws clearly state that a citizen has a right to self defense.


"Defending" yourself against vaccination, and thereby putting others at risk? Yeah, typical Trumpian logic!

Terence Y

Mr. Oberg – perhaps you can opine on the millions of people who have and will continue to die as a result of vehicle accidents, drunk drivers, legal and illegal drug overdoses or any of those combinations. After all, they’re endangering the lives of other people. Doesn’t the public’s well-being outweigh their individual rights? What about all those convicted felons released back into the American wild? Shouldn’t the public’s well-being outweigh their individual rights? What about all those Dems ignoring their own mask mandates, endangering the lives of other people? Shouldn’t the public’s well-being outweigh their individual rights? Looking forward to your response. Thanks, Mr. Oberg!


"choice" is not mentioned in the Constitution.


Not even wearing a seat belt is a choice, even though it hardly affect anybody else, except perhaps good for the windshield business.


also the companies that make seat belts.

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