Opinion | N.B.A. Players and the Vaccine

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To the Editor:

Re “A Reason to Jump the Vaccine Line,” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Op-Ed, Feb. 2):

While I agree with the “Elvis gets a polio shot” rationale behind letting National Basketball Association players skip the line, any positive benefit of the photo op would likely be overshadowed by questions of fairness. So, how about a compromise?

Instead of getting the vaccines themselves, the players should have photo ops sitting with their parents as their parents get the shots. This would provide the celebrity endorsement without the appearance of impropriety.

Jacob C. Fisher
San Francisco

A Bipartisan Commission on Our Voting System

To the Editor:

Shortly before the Jan. 6 debacle, Senator Ted Cruz suggested the creation of a commission to investigate and report on the prevalence of voter fraud in the November election. Although those who supported the proposal claimed that it would protect the “integrity” of our elections, it was clear that the only real purpose was to delay certification of the Electoral College vote. Nevertheless, the proposal may have some merit.

Our voting system is clearly flawed in a number of respects. Why not create a truly bipartisan commission, one with the impartiality and credentials of the Warren Commission, to report on the weaknesses that now exist? And in addition to voter fraud, why not include voter suppression and gerrymandering as well?

Robert Ferguson
Stamford, Conn.

Variations on Women’s Philanthropy

To the Editor:

Re “Wealthy Women Transform Giving” (Sunday Styles, Jan. 31):

Thank you for drawing attention to wealthy women philanthropists and their important work. I applaud Dr. Priscilla Chan for recognizing that she and other wealthy women now visible in philanthropy stand on the shoulders of “women who have been fighting for a seat at every table, across every industry, for decades.”

This includes the tables of organized philanthropy itself, where non-wealthy, and wealthy, women of every race, ethnicity, gender identity and economic background, around the world, have worked together over decades to democratize philanthropy and to focus more of its resources on gender, racial and economic equity for women, as a necessary ingredient in creating a just world for all.

That’s a story I’d like to see covered, and not in the Styles section.

Sara K. Gould
Brooklyn
The writer is a former president and chief executive of the Ms. Foundation for Women.

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