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New tech titans
dodge responsibility

Your editorial on Elon Musk (“Musk tweet reflects sad state of tech,” Page A6, Oct. 1) is spot on.

Both Musk and Mark Zuckerberg seem to be unable to take responsibility for their part in contributing to the spread of conspiracy theories, hate speech, alternative facts and racism on Twitter and Facebook, respectively. Instead, they appoint councils and committees to moderate content. That way, whatever decisions these entities make, Musk and Zuckerberg can point to them and not at themselves.

The Silicon Valley created by Bill Hewlett, David Packard, Gordon Moore, Andy Grove, Sherman Fairchild and Robert Noyce is being destroyed by ultra-rich, unethical egomaniacs.

M. R. Pamid
San Jose

Open up COVID
treatment to all

Re. “A pill helps prevent long COVID. But not enough people are taking it,” Nov. 8:

I was shocked after reading about how a new medication, Paxlovid, which helps reduce long-term COVID symptoms, isn’t being prescribed enough by physicians.

Even though about 39,000 people are diagnosed a day, only a handful of people actually qualify for the medication. More testing is set to take place at the start of 2023 but won’t have results until 2024. Similar to other medications, testing is required to be approved.

Due to the abundance of positive results, Paxlovid needs to broaden its qualifications, so physicians can prescribe it to those in need. The patients’ health should be prioritized.

So long as the patient is informed by their health care provider, they are more than capable of making the decision on the medication for themselves.

Caitlin Yem
San Jose

GOP pleas indicate
party that lost its way

First, there was the Twinkie defense, pioneered by San Francisco Supervisor Dan White after he assassinated Harvey Milk and George Moscone.

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