The supreme law


This chinavirus boondoggle highlights one thing; public health doesn't overrule the Constitution. They are using a virus that came from China (ergo the name chinavirus) to destroy the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and to keep a man from being reelected; a man they seem to venomously despise. They don't like the Second Amendment either because it was written with them in mind. Who are “them?” Just about the whole Democratic Party and the worst of the lot are their leaders in Congress.


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The chinavirus and the liberal politicians reaction brings to mind something Thomas Jefferson wrote. "What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right .... What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure."


A series of conservative groups have emerged to organize and participate in demonstrations to pressure their governors over lockdowns. The NRA haters will then start promoting gun control aka gun confiscation. The Second Amendment protects the individuals’ right to keep and bear arms and protects us from a despotic government which we are on the verge of having. We are supposed to be a confederation of independent states. Let the states handle this mess; if you don't like your state’s solution then move !


Douglas R. Glover, Palm Coast


The right vaccines


As part of Sen. Rick Scott’s “Let’s Get Back to Work Plan” he proposes to “Do whatever is possible to support and fund research and expedited development of a (SARS-CoV-2) vaccine ....,to make this vaccine available nationwide and free to all Americans.”


While policy makers are anxious to get behind a vaccine for this new virus I encourage them to focus on what we can control. Given the concerns of public health of a resurgence of COVID19 in the fall that coincides with flu season, why not take steps to mitigate the flu? We have had vaccines for the annual flu but they are not free. Would temporarily removing the cost barrier encourage more flu vaccinations? The CDC’s toolkit reports “every year flu cost the U.S. approximately $10.4 billion in direct costs for hospitalizations and outpatient visits for adults.”


Given the reluctance of those who choose to decline the flu vaccine, what evidence is there to support they will accept a new vaccine for COVID19? An effective health communications plan to address the concerns of reluctant adopters and educate the public about the characteristics of annual flu vaccines could address another barrier to lowering the rates of flu infection.


I urge policy makers to consider lowering barriers for the annual flu vaccine while COVID-19 is circulating to mitigate the effects of flu and COVID-19 occurring simultaneously.


Claudia Roth, R.N., DeLand