To the editor:

On Saturday, Aug. 28, State Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, spoke at a Medical Freedom Rally in St Paul.

The irony of this event is that on this same day, Calab Wallace died of COVID. Who was Calab that makes his mentioning relevant?

Calab was a anti-masker, anti-vaxxer who organized a Freedom Rally in Texas last year. Once he contracted COVID in July of this year, he prolonged going to the doctor because "he didn't want to be a COVID statistic" per his wife. Instead he took high doses of vitamin C, zinc, aspirin and an inhaler. He also took ivermectin (an antiparasitic drug meant to be a horse dewormer).

He leaves behind a pregnant wife, due in September, and three young girls. Uninsured, Jessica set up a GoFundMe account, or what I refer to as the Republican health care plan.

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In the past, I have read Franson refer to medical freedom as "the hill to die on." Ironic that Calab died on the same day Franson attended and spoke at a Medical Freedom Rally.

Esther Mehrer

Alexandria, MN