Letters for Aug. 30: Get the COVID-19 shot; it’s FDA-approved

Letters for Aug. 30: Get the COVID-19 shot; it’s FDA-approved

When someone applies for life insurance with a history of participating in high-risk activities such as driving a race car or skydiving, then that person becomes riskier to insure, and he or she must pay higher premiums. A person who drives recklessly and has been involved in several accidents will pay a much higher rate for his or her car insurance. In a similar matter, if someone refuses the COVID-19 vaccine, then that should be considered risky behavior, to themselves, as well as reckless in regard to the health of others. The consequence of vaccine avoidance should be to ensure that this person loses eligibility for health insurance coverage for any treatment pertaining to COVID-19 infection, and as a result be obligated to pay all medical expenses associated with his or her care. The choice is simple. A free Food and Drug Administration-approved COVID-19 vaccine, or if they refuse, they should be held responsible for any COVID-19-related medical costs. Actions have consequences. In this case, inaction should as well. About 20 years ago the General Assembly established a joint subcommittee to study campaign finance reform — just like the one that held its first meeting on Aug. 23. The legislators back then were moved by the onset of $1 million campaigns. And they expressed concern that fundraising pressures would “test the integrity of the candidates who ask for the money and the donors who respond,” according to a state Senate joint resolution from 2000. Two decades later not much […]

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