Saturday letters: anti-vaccines are expensive for health care

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Re. “Hitting the unvaccinated is in fashion, but it comes at a cost,” David Staples, November 5.


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In his continuing advocacy of anti-vaccines, David Staples fails to mention another important reason for enforcing a vaccine mandate: cost to the taxpayer. Health care in Canada is expected to cost around $ 308 billion by 2021, an average of more than $ 8,000 per citizen. The cost of a hospital bed is about $ 1,000 per day, $ 10,000 if you are in the ICU.

Those in a Canadian hospital are mostly, about 90 percent, unvaccinated; and most of them are staunch anti-vaccines who voted for the Conservative or PPC parties. I wonder how many of the anti-vaccines voted for them because they felt they did a better job of not wasting the taxpayer dollar.

David Norman, Edmonton

Vaccines protect the vulnerable among us

David Staples offers an incomplete picture in his comment on Friday titled “Beating the unvaccinated is fashionable, but it comes at a cost” following Kenney’s suggestion that immunosuppressed people are hospital patients. There are immunosuppressed people around us. In addition to the elderly, there are people who are undergoing cancer treatment, there are transplant recipients, and there are all those (knowingly and unknowingly) silently suffering from MS and other terrible diseases. None of these people wears a badge or label indicating their immunity status; they walk freely among us.


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The effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine for the immunosuppressed is unclear; these people may still be at risk even if they are fully vaccinated. Is it too restrictive to ask that people who interact directly with the public be vaccinated to help protect vulnerable and immunosuppressed people within our society?

David Weir, Edmonton

Health heroes represented as villains

Even heroes need to be saved, but clearly no one is coming to rescue now that they need our help. Thousands of our Canadian heroes are losing their jobs and are actively betrayed, demonized and dehumanized by a narrative that portrays them as villains. These essential frontline workers helped save lives every day, but many are leaving the war-torn battle.


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The average Canadian does not notice what our heroes have to endure; exposed to the harshest realities less seen, witnessing people pass away regularly. Take on the shoes of these fallen heroes and see that it takes incredible courage to take a stand. All those forced to leave an essential position will endure hardship, and the loss of their livelihoods means innocent people are likely to lose their lives in an overwhelmed and understaffed hospital. Yesterday’s heroes today run the risk of being homeless tomorrow; Wish Canadians showed they have heart and started caring for those who cared for many who need to be saved now.

Kyle Jones, Edmonton

Investigate the protest as terrorism

These anti-maskers probably think they are smart and unique in their display of protest tactics. But this was clearly a case in which the threat of violence was used to intimidate or achieve political goals. In Canada, we have a name for that: an act of terrorism and these people must be prosecuted, charged and tried in accordance with the terrorism provisions of the Penal Code. And if you are found guilty, you are treated accordingly.


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Tom Butko, Edmonton

Just hire more rural RCMP officers

Are you kidding me! Replace the RCMP, a federal police force with a worldwide reputation, with a generic provincial police force.

A newly established police force would know nothing and would be made up of members who were not qualified for other police forces. Detachments would have to be obtained and equipped. Recruitment would have to be thorough. Training would take time.

Members of the RCMP have experience. The force is known throughout the world. Your research section produces results. The RCMP has always been highly respected in rural Alberta.

If the Alberta government wants more boots on the ground in rural areas, just hire more RCMP members. Use the money that is in excess of the amount currently paid for the RCMP policing contract that would have to be spent on the creation of a provincial force. It makes absolute sense to me, but I am not a desperate politician trying to get re-elected.


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Thomas O. Taylor, Leduc County

Factor vehicle emissions into equalization

Re. “High issuers should pay more for equalization: leader of the Québec bloc”, November 4

Canada has problems. The biggest is the dull mind of some politicians like Yves-François Blanchet, the leader of the Bloc Quebecois, who aspires to greater mediocrity. The latest regurgitated by Banchet is biased, offensive, unbalanced and sees only one side of a dual and multifaceted problem: climate change and energy.

Leaving aside the cleaner and more rational, sustainable and economical solution, nuclear, many of our weak leaders enter into sterile discussions and rely on costly and unreliable, but attractive approaches, such as wind and solar energy, to save our future. They offer no solution other than deepening the divide that already distinguishes us.


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Rather than promoting solid, proven energies like nuclear and natural gas (whose production can be vastly increased by cracking heavy oils), Blanchet wants chimeras and money from a larger Alberta contribution to compensation funds.

So let’s match greenhouse gas emissions taxes based on vehicles on the road, actual emitters, or much better yet wake up Blanchet and stop matching payments to Quebec until a pipeline is completed from the East.

Tony Fernandes, Edmonton

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