Avoid Distortions about the Covid-19 Vaccine

If you have fallen behind on all the distortions around the COVID vaccines, the letter in last week’s Ozaukee Press was an excellent way for you to get up to date.

The claim we see a lot is that the vaccine is a joke as the letter writer claimed, i.e., it is not effective in stopping people from catching the infection and spreading it. This falls along the lines that the vax is not perfect (like all vaccines), so why use it?

For starters despite her claims that what clinics are injecting into our bodies is not a vaccine is not true. Per the CDC, these vaccines, which have been in development for decades, may work differently from other vaccines, but they are still vaccines.

Hence, the confusion and the distortions that come out of confusion. Fact is the vaccines still trigger an immune response inside your body.

The purpose of this claim is that vaccine opponents get pinned down when it is pointed out that we, going back to our days as children, have been required to take a whole battery of vaccines to get into pre-school. When the anti-vaxxers are asked what’s the difference they can’t come up with a cogent response.

So, most disturbing is that vax opponents like Jim Jorden are coming back with we should drop the mandates on all vaccines. To many of us what Jordan wants to do should be very concerning and a dangerous by-product of the anti-vax movement.

It turns out that Donald Drumpf supporters have been very helpful in disproving her assertions about the COVID vaccine by following the writer’s advice and, for the most part, refusing to take the jab. We know that you can spot those counties that are COVID hot spots because they largely went for Drumpf.

She maintains that we will have “never-ending booster shots.” Here’s a great way to avoid that. Get the vaccine. Those Drumpf County hot spots are the breeding groups for new variants to mutate.

Yes, other groups are avoiding getting vaccinated, but the Drumpf backers seem to be less moveable.

What is especially interesting is the claim that people who have contacted COVID don’t need the shot. So, what’s the alternative to getting vaccinated?

Go out and catch COVID? Great plan.

Sadly, public health has become a political issue because one side has decided to make it political at the expense of our health, our economy, and way too many lives.

 

 

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Response to call for Biden's Removal

To the Editor:

Based on the letters in the Ozaukee Press over the last couple of weeks around the Afghanistan withdrawal, it seems that a lot of people believe that the legacy of a predecessor president magically disappears, and the next person starts from zero.

So what Did Donald Trump leave Joe Biden?

  • US troop strength down by 12,500 to around 2,500, just enough to get us out.
  • The release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners, who no doubt participated in retaking of Afghanistan.
  • Not telling the Afghan government what he was up to and not briefing the incoming administration, hampering their effective transition.
  • Gutting the Special Immigrant Visa program, resulting in a good part of the evacuation chaos.

As for the charge about leaving behind weapons, most of them were in the hands of the Afghan army, and to destroy them at any time would lead to the immediate collapse of the Afghan government and even more evacuation chaos.

Yes, the buck stops with Biden, but his administration did accomplish the largest airlift in history out of the country and is currently working with the Taliban to extract more people despite the Trump sabotage.

So, if you want to wave the bloody shirt, when Trump on impulse decided to pull out of Syria and leave our Kurdish allies to the tender mercies of the Turks, how many did he evacuate? Try none.

Take issue for sure about how the Biden administration handled the withdrawal, but if you are a Trump supporter or Trump himself, your criticisms are intellectually dishonest.


GRASSROOTS NORTHSHORE MEMBERS – Got an issue on your mind? The Ozaukee Press is very open about printing letters from readers.

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Until We Have Impulse Control We Need Gun Control

In advance of the September 19th Zoom Townhall on Gun Violence, an article by David Kyle Johnson bats back the myths cherished by the pro-gun side. Johnson ran this around the time of the Parkland shootings, but because this issue hasn’t gone away, his points still have relevance.

As with so many issues in this country, what the majority wants doesn’t seem to count. The people for whom guns seem to validate their lives prevail too often with a whole bucket of misconceptions. These myths glue together their forces and usually have some appeal to those on the fence.

But essentially, all of the arguments for gun violence in America don’t hold up when you get out of America.

Atheism? The US has one of the most churched populations in the western world, yet the highest rate of gun violence.

Violent Video Games? Ever see what Japanese kids play on their screens? Yet, Japan had 17 deaths from gun violence in 2020.

Immorality? Try measuring what exactly that is.

There’s more in Johnson’s piece on pro-gun arguments that are like balloons – all shape but only air inside.

So, of course, for the gun fetish crowd, the causes of gun violence are everything except the always available gun in American society.

At the time Johnson wrote this article in 2018, violent gun deaths were going down, and as we all know, gun crimes (but not a lot of other crimes) have been rising in this country.

So what has led to the increase? Try the instability from the pandemic in 2020 and stress from a collapsing economy, for starters. And who was president in 2020? A man who is the very model of impulsive behavior.

The loosened gun laws passed over the last few years – including in Wisconsin – haven’t helped. It’s no accident that our freeways in Metro Milwaukee have been closed down because of road rage shoot-outs.

Thanks to our conceal and carry law, many people have their weapon right at hand in the glove compartment, available when the impulse strikes. Because the guns are now being carried around in cars, they are targets for break-ins, with the stolen guns going right out into criminal world.

But Johnson does not, as Wolf Blitzer would say, leave it there. Check out the list of common-sense gun measures that even members of the NRA can get behind.

The solution is to be as willing to push back as the weapon worships are to flood our neighborhoods with guns. The first step starts with attending our Zoom meeting on gun violence on September 19th.

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Let's Talk Gun Safety Solutions

On Sunday, September 19, at 3PM, experts and legislators will give us updates on why Wisconsin has been unable to pass legislation to help us reduce gun violence, what we can do about the situation, and how to protect ourselves personally in the meantime.
Originally conceived as an in-person event, Grassroots North Shore has updated plans for this program: it will now be held on Zoom.

After you register, you will be sent the link to join the webinar.

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Voting is every citizen's duty!

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Why do we continue to frame voting as a right?  When I read the Constitution I see that our government serves at the will of its citizens, demonstrated by learning about and voting for our choice of candidates to represent us in federal, state and local governments.  In other words, voting is really one of the duties of citizenship.  It should not be framed as a right.  It is really a duty.  For government to be really representative, all eligible voters need to cast a ballot.  This obligation needs to be made easy — not hard.

To carry it to the extreme, if no one  is allowed to vote we have a dictatorship — a self serving government of suppression.  I remember my excitement when I cast my first ballot at age 21 for Adlai Stevenson.  To my recollection I have never missed voting.  But then I am Caucasian and no one ever tried to stop me!!

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Green Is Good -- for you and for the planet

Warnings and predictions about the dire future of the planet due to the impacts of climate change have swirled for over half a century now, and yet we have not taken definitive action. Joining the Paris Accord during President Obama’s tenure was a first step that stalled when he left office; now we are scrambling to undo the damage of the last administration.

People often turn away from climate change discussion because they feel powerless to change the situation. Aside from electing politicians who care, “what can we do?” is the common response.

This forum by Grassroots North Shore will help us answer that question, not from a national perspective or political stage, but from where we live – our homes and communities.

Forum participants will give us the starter steps we need to formulate our paths to a cleaner, sustainable future. In one approach, Lisa Geason Bauer at Evolution Marketing describes how businesses can approach sustainability: “When thinking about sustainability – specifically how to talk about it and implement it, we use the lens of the triple bottom line (TBL). Triple bottom line means that we consider whether our management decisions are going to have an impact on the environment (i.e. environmental stewardship), people, or the community of stakeholders (i.e. corporate social responsibility), and the overall economic viability (profit) of the business. One of the goals at Evolution Marketing is to create change within our clients’ organizations and implement sustainable business strategies.”

Our moderator and a speaker on homeowner options, Kevin Kane, will discuss energy audits, economic analysis of what is cost-effective regarding home improvements, and ways to make those improvements affordable.

Find out what you can do, and what we can all do together. Grassroots North Shore hosts “Green is Good” at 7 pm on Sunday, June 13th, featuring experts who will come together to guide the ordinary person in navigating the possibilities of environmental change. Featured speakers include: Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes; Mayor of Glendale Bryan Kennedy; Chief Economist of Green Homeowners United, Kevin Kane; and Lisa Geason Bauer, President of Evolution Marketing, LLC. RSVP on the Events Page and then ask at least one other friend, colleague, or family member to sign up as well. 

We appreciate support by co-sponsors Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Jewish Democrats, and Wisconsin Conservation Voters. (NOTE: Registration system requires an initial rsvp to get on our list; a link will be sent to you so you can register on Zoom-also required).

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Green is Good - A GRNS Event

RSVP here for this important event

 

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