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Editorial: State lawmakers should drop mandate ban on vaccines

Indiana lawmakers last week failed to reach consensus in an attempt to rush to pass legislation enacting a statewide ban on vaccination warrants.

It was a stroke of luck for Hoosiers, and lawmakers shouldn’t be in a rush to try to pick up the fumble and force him to cross the line when they meet again for their regular session on January 4.

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In response to federal pressure to force vaccines on large employers with 100 or more employees, the Qualified Republican General Assembly was poised to fight back with the goal of enacting a law preventing employers from enforcing such a rule.

After just one day of testimony last Tuesday, lawmakers were scheduled to meet on Monday to pass the bill. But the GOP has announced that they are dropping the idea, at least for now. Word is, even with overwhelming majorities in both houses, they didn’t have the votes to make sure this gets done during the out-of-session meeting.

It’s a bit ironic that in response to a vaccine warrant, Hoosier lawmakers were going to legislate warrant for warrants.

The idea was pushed back by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, which generally aligns well with the state’s conservative policies, but not in this case.

House Executive Director Kevin Brinegar was one of the people who testified against the bill on Tuesday.

While the House has opposed the implementation of a general mandate for large-scale vaccination on Hoosier businesses, it is also opposed to an even larger general mandate in the opposite direction.

“Ideally, the state government – as well as the federal government – would have stayed out of what private companies can and cannot do regarding the requirement of COVID-19 vaccines for their workers, visitors and patients,” Brinegar said in a House mail sent after the marathon session. “Employers are in the best position to know what is best for the safety of people in the workplace. “

If the Biden Administration retained – isn’t it also excessive to say that companies cannot require vaccines?

Businesses have a primary interest in the health and well-being of their employees. Workers who miss work – or worse die – from a disease that can be controlled with a vaccine is a waste of productivity and lost capital.

Indiana has already lost around 4,700 Hoosiers aged 20 to 70 to COVID-19, most of whom were likely in the workforce when they died. It certainly doesn’t help the state’s labor shortage as hundreds more continue to die each month this year.

Indiana is still one of the least vaccinated states in the United States. Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise again. We know that most of the new viral activity is still occurring among the state’s unvaccinated cohort, despite the state’s split now at around 50/50.

If lawmakers are unhappy with the federal government’s mandate, there are already channels the state is pursuing to combat this.

But to say that no employer can impose vaccines on their workers is an exaggeration, an overreaction and a mistake.

If the federal government is wrong to mandate for vaccines, the state would be wrong to mandate against them.

Two wrongs don’t make one good.

Indiana lawmakers are expected to drop the vaccine mandate ban in January and drop it as legal affairs move forward at the federal level.

Terre Haute Tribune-Étoile. November 26, 2021.

Editorial: This Holiday Season, Let’s Give Peace a Chance

Right now, leftover turkey in your refrigerator is approaching its expiration date. The USDA recommends that Americans discard bird meat three to four days after preparation.

The mashed potatoes should be good for three to five days.

What about your relationships with family and friends who gathered with you on Thanksgiving? Have arguments over politics, culture wars, presidents past and present, and personalities who divide cable TV sour your fondness for those parents and buddies? Now do you fear and think back to more holiday gatherings in the run-up to Christmas, New Years Eve and New Years due to heat blasts?

Welcome to “the most beautiful time of the year”, with a toxic touch in 2021.

Such a drama is not unique to this year, or 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 or 2015. The end of year holidays have long been marked by anxiety to meet authoritarian uncles, latent quarrels with in-laws, cousin teasing and rekindled sibling rivalries. The last few years have accentuated the turmoil. Friends and family are, like most Americans, divided between Republicans, Democrats, and those steadily declining independents, reflecting political divisions in Washington, DC, at state houses, and at meetings of local school boards and communities. health advice.

And, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has unfortunately turned political, dividing us everywhere over whether to accept or reject life-saving vaccines, face masks to prevent sharing of the coronavirus, and warrants for schools, workplaces. and other public places.

Most people apparently don’t want conflict and confrontation in a setting that is ideally meant for food, fun, and companionship.

Days before Thanksgiving 2021, a national poll conducted by Quinnipiac University in Connecticut found that 66% of American adults who responded said they hoped to avoid discussing politics with visiting family or friends during the months. vacation.

“A big helping of political back and forth with your cranberries and stuffing?” No way, say the Americans, who would much rather feast on a big meal than quarrel on Turkey Day, ”Quinnipiac analyst Tim Malloy said in the poll’s press release.

The most disturbing statistic came from the other side of the question. Twenty-one percent of people who took the college poll were eager to talk about politics about Turkey and all the stuff.

Christmas is 30 days away. New Years Eve is coming in 37 days. Parties, dinners, and reunions can involve more disputes, threatening to sever friendships and undo family ties – perhaps for years to come.

Suggestions for ways to avoid broken relationships are available. The National Catholic Register recommends personal prayer before holiday gatherings, asking God to tame our own languages; or ask a loved one how they came to believe what they believe; or do research to find data to strengthen your opinions; or tell personal stories that illustrate your side of a problem.

This approach may not work for everyone. Louisville Courier Journal contributor Maggie Menderski advises people to set rules on acceptable table topics, then appoint a senior family member to enforce those rules. Better yet, Menderski reminds people that these debates don’t necessarily have to take place on the day of a holiday gathering; save it for later. And, if voices are raised and feelings hurt, remember that families and friendships rarely sound like a Hallmark movie.

Be kind to each other. Remember nostalgic family outings or missing loved ones. Rate your favorite Christmas movies and recite a few lines. Life is short. Give peace a chance this season.

The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne). November 27, 2021.

Editorial: BMV takes advantage of driver info

An Indianapolis TV investigation this week revealed that the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles shares drivers’ personal information not only with other government and law enforcement agencies, but also with private companies. According to CBS4 in Indianapolis, the BMV has made $ 43 million since 2018 selling “enhanced access” to towing companies, car dealerships, lawyers, security companies and more.

State law authorizes the BMV to “authorize the authorized use of personal information by verified entities that meet the requirements of Indiana statutory standards,” according to a spokesperson for the agency. “Any information available is based on the requester and the intended use of the data. “

A federal law – the Driver Privacy Act – limits the amount of information state agencies can disclose, but it includes 14 exceptions.

“It’s kind of a Swiss cheese law,” Scott Shackelford, a faculty member at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and chair of the Cyber ​​Security Risk Management program, told CBS4.

“I guess most people don’t realize.”

According to the BMV, the revenue generated from the sale of information mostly goes to the agency’s technology fund, which is used to support the maintenance and ongoing upgrades of infrastructure, databases and, ironically, security. .

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