Help from around the edges

I find hope in corporate leaders who think more pragmatically and less politically and more about solving problems than supplicating their “base.” I find hope in leaders of the investment community who advocate constructive policies and actions for the sake of society and the economy.

On Thursday in a Bloomberg interview, investment professional Barry Ritholtz was befuddled by vaccine opponents. He urged people to get the COVID vaccine to protect their health and our common good. I searched for a transcript, but found something better: “The Economic Risks from Anti-Vaxxers,” his July 15 article in The Big Picture section of his website.

Friday morning, I read an encouraging New York Times article, “Boosting Vaccinations,” by David Leonhardt and Ian Prasad Philbrick. Schools and businesses are working around political paralysis with practical solutions to keep schools open, hospitals functioning and businesses profitable, as we did with polio, smallpox, MMR and other vaccines.

On Thursday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey found her strong voice in support of vaccination. If my mom were here she would say, “Well, raise the flag!”

From “Alabama governor says ‘it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks’ as pandemic worsens,” by Quint Forgey, Politico, July 23, 2021

2 thoughts on “Help from around the edges”

    1. In April 2020, the COVID task force urged states to maintain closures until we flattened the curve for 2 weeks. She held out longer than some of her colleagues but she gave in to pressure to reopen. I understand the pressure she was under. I think this week she reclaimed her strength. Montgomery was hit hard in the “second wave.” She was very supportive of the state’s vaccination efforts. She sees the Internet’s mischief-makers, conspiracy theorists and bots are sabotaging the country’s health. I think she was fed up, and rightly so.

      She’s old enough (like us) to remember with gratitude Jonas Salk. Our scientific and medical researchers were heroic in getting the vaccine here, only to see the country torpedoed by Carlson, Ingraham, et al.

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