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Reader's View: Trump should be encouraging vaccinations

It seems to me that because President Donald Trump encouraged people to give him credit for helping get the COVID-19 vaccines made available, he should be encouraging people to get vaccinated.

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The Oct. 26 letter, “ Democrats destroying our free country ,” made many extreme right-wing claims and cited Joni Lamb, frankspeech.com, Fox News, and Newsmax as sources. The letter promoted hydroxychloroquine, even though test results have shown it is not effective against COVID-19 and is more likely to cause serious adverse side effects than COVID-19 vaccines. It promoted right-wing propaganda rather than the best available information delivered by reliable medical sources, such as the Mayo Clinic, that say vaccines do much more good than harm. Would Joni Lamb or Fox News be consulted for medical advice for a broken leg?

It seems to me that people who do not get vaccinated without having a medical reason should not go to a hospital if they get sick.

The letter used the words “free” and “freedom,” so it should have also promoted defunding police, because the main purpose of police is to enforce restrictions on freedom. Anyone who believes police are necessary for the common good should also support masks, social distancing, and COVID-19 vaccinations for the sake of the common good. It seems to me that anyone who thinks the common good should not restrict freedom should live as a hermit.

The letter suggested that China intentionally released the coronavirus, but it seems to me that if China is smart enough to intentionally release the coronavirus, China would be smart enough not to release it in China.

It seems to me that because President Donald Trump encouraged people to give him credit for helping get the COVID-19 vaccines made available, he should be encouraging people to get vaccinated.

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Charles E. Stephan

Duluth


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