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A ripped "My Body My Choice" sign is seen as people protest against New York's coronavirus  vaccine mandate, which went into effect for public-school employees on Oct. 4.
A ripped "My Body My Choice" sign is seen as people protest against New York's coronavirus vaccine mandate, which went into effect for public-school employees on Oct. 4. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

A label exists for what Kate Cohen has in mind in her Oct. 2 op-ed, “That law is immoral. I say we opt out.” I remember it from the Vietnam fiasco: conscientious objector. If Congress enacts legislation to regulate conscientious objector status for personal nullification of any law in the land, the excesses of state statutes might be reined in faster than possible, even by a favorably disposed judiciary.

W. Jeffrey Klemm, McLean

I loved Kate Cohen’s Oct. 2 op-ed. What a wonderful notion: to give rational folks the same benefit of the doubt as religious folks. Clearly Thomas Jefferson would have approved. When you stop to think about it, it does seem odd that anyone would feel the need to write an opinion piece in defense of being rational. But, hey, that’s where we are.

Jack Greer, Shenandoah, Va.

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