Reader's View: Waded too far into the vaccine swamp

Vaccines have saved some lives and hospitalizations but it is not clear we don’t owe a lot to the mildness of omicron.

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DFL Chair, Ken Martin, in his March 24 editorial shouting the spectacular successes of the Biden Administration would have been well advised to just focus on economics rather than wade too deeply into the vaccine swamp. Vaccines have saved some lives and hospitalizations but it is not clear we don’t owe a lot to the mildness of omicron.

Only in the Democratic echo chamber do we hear the choir of the saved singing nothing off key. However, there are profoundly deep and complicated issues in the vaccine complex that have yet to be satisfactorily grappled with such as the four month efficacy, vaccination of children, business and government mandates, side effects, lack of early treatment, natural immunity, freedoms of speech and press, and no compensation for vaccine injury.

Republicans dip continuously into culture wars because they have nothing else. In contrast, American Rescue Plan Act rescued our schools and small businesses in the depths of the pandemic---and gave families more earned income tax credit and child deductions as Martin points out.

The bipartisan infrastructure bill also brought funding to our 29 airports (which Stauber voted against like a Libertarian and then took credit for), our six iron mines, the Duluth Can of Worms Project, cleaning up the St Louis River, our Port, and—most importantly—building a new lock at the Soo Locks so if one goes down it won’t create an economic catastrophe for our grain and ore shipping.

John Munter 


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