As the father of three and grandfather of five, I have experience with young children. Children don’t develop rational thought until around the age of 6, the “age of reason.” It can be exasperating trying to reason with a 4-year-old, because the child’s brain has not developed the ability to think rationally yet.
I also feel exasperation regarding recent statements by County Chair Eileen Quiring O’Brien and her enablers regarding the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines. She cited conspiracy theories and unsubstantiated “reports” while dismissing science-based evidence from a medical expert.
I’m guessing Dr. Alan Melnick might have felt like a parent trying to reason with a 4-year-old. He should be commended for his patience and professionalism. Quiring O’Brien should be condemned for ignoring facts in favor of political biases.
The lack of rational thought in 4-year-olds is frustrating, but it is a developmental state they will outgrow. With county councilors in leadership and policy-setting positions, it is frightening and dangerous. All three councilors should resign or be removed from office.
(My apologies to 4-year-olds everywhere. I know you will reach the age of reason in a few years. As for Quiring O’Brien and her enablers, I have my doubts.)