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Opinion: Why don’t we have honest discussions about these issues?

From climate change to vaccines, we need to hear more about all sides

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A pharmacist prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Walgreens pharmacist Mckayla Poulsen prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Cedarwood senior living community in Sandy on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.

Steve Griffin, Deseret News

Enduring perspective on tax, climate and vaccine seems hard to find. The carbon tax is a bad idea. Create a consumptive, monster agency to administer a tax plan giving power to schemers? Tax the substance upon which civilization runs? Give a “dividend” to customers, which is immediately paid for with elevated prices by producers?

If the USA ceased to exist it would make no difference to carbon effects on climate, in view of what else is going on in the world. Do the arithmetic. And over the past millennium there have been hundreds of years of serious drought in the West.

Why no honest discussion about vaccines? According to reports, in July, Cape Cod had 469 cases of COVID, 74% of which were fully vaccinated. Evidence importantly shows reduced symptoms in the vaxxed, but vaccination does not prevent the disease nor does it prevent transmission. Even manufacturer fact sheets say so. And the hundreds of thousands of horrific side effects, including thousands of deaths, need to be acknowledged and factored into decisions. And what about effective alternate therapies?

Allan South