To the editor:

In both her debate last week and on the Minnesota House floor on Oct. 12, House 8B Rep. Franson said "a virus is gonna virus," downplaying the importance of reducing transmission like wearing masks, social distancing, and limiting crowd sizes. Other Republican legislators have done similar.

By politicizing a public health issue, they are putting people's health and lives at risk. These recommendations to reduce transmission are not coming from liberal conspirators, they're coming from scientists and doctors. It's an indisputable fact that not taking precautions will result in more people becoming infected and prolong the pandemic.

Undoubtedly, responses to this will reference the low mortality rate as though there's an acceptable loss of life to avoid inconvenience. What would you say if it were your loved one clinging to life from something precaution could've prevented? What of those who recover but have lingering, potentially life-long effects from it? Why would we not want to even reduce the likelihood of getting sick?

We all want to see an end to this pandemic but reluctance to reduce the spread are counter-productive. I urge voters to elect candidates that believe the experts and understand we all have a responsibility to reduce transmission.

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Jeremy Vinar

Alexandria, MN

(A paid political letter)