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State Sen. Lora Reinbold (Alaska) Blaming The Mandate?
Michael Cavalier 9/15/2021 12:01 PM
State Sen. Lora Reinbold, Image: akleg.gov
State Sen. Lora Reinbold (Alaska) recently spoke out against Alaska’s strict vaccine mandate, which requires all children to receive vaccines before attending public school and daycare. Since taking office in January, Sen. Reinbold has been working to repeal the mandate, which she believes places an undue burden on families and causes potential health risks to children who have a history of allergies or reactions to vaccines. Sen. Lora Reinbold was banned from flying by the airlines because she refused to wear a mask.
Senator Reinbold graduated from the University of Alaska, Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in economics. She also has a master’s in business administration from Harvard University. After graduation, Reinbold worked for ExxonMobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips, both oil companies based in Houston, Texas. However, she didn’t start her political career until 1999 when she was elected to Anchorage Assembly where she served for ten years before being elected to serve in the state senate in 2011.
Now, nearly four years later, Reinbold is fighting against legislation that requires children to be vaccinated prior to enrolling in public schools. The bill passed 17-1 through its first reading but Reinbold was one of only three senators who opposed it. If it passes through all five readings then it will become law. Interestingly enough, according to local reports, after Reinbold voted against the legislation lawmakers were not able to get their scheduled flight home because severe weather had forced all planes out of Anchorage International Airport so they were forced to stay an extra night in town—something which enraged them because they all wanted to return home as soon as possible.
Of course, while we don’t know what happened next, we can certainly imagine: Regardless, Reinbold said there are other reasons why she opposes this mandate. This vaccine bill infringes on my religious liberty, Reinbold told The Associated Press Monday. It infringes on my ability to make medical decisions for myself or my family members. … I would encourage people to do their own research about vaccines themselves instead of blindly trusting whatever science says. At least one lawmaker thought her actions crossed a line saying, “I’m frustrated that I have to explain to these people how government works.”
Republican Sen. John Coghill told AP. You work out your differences and vote your conscience here; you don’t hold us hostage. Some saw things differently than Coghill though: Wednesday’s incident isn’t representative of just Republicans or just Democrats, even though that could easily be interpreted as such, said Democratic Rep. Bryce Edgmon. Most Alaskans support vaccinations and want to keep kids safe — including parents who wouldn’t vaccinate without fear someone could sue them if their child gets sick due to lack of immunization — he said. Even if you support freedom of religion, protecting kids trumps any argument around freedom within our community, he added. What should Lora Reinbold have done? Are air carriers always, right? Are vaccinations safe? Please comment below!
While she does not agree with how it was handled in a private business setting by a third party, she does believe there is room for improvement in public safety when it comes to ensuring all citizens are protected from harmful diseases when they travel. She said when you look at measles outbreaks over time globally, there is no link between people getting measles if they have been vaccinated. But without these vaccinations, communities can become threatened by illnesses that can spread quickly through airports where many people gather.
My only opinion is this, I am a Republican who has gotten my Vaccine shots. It’s what I thought to be the right decision for me. My son has recently received his second injection of the Vaccine. Do I think it’s right for everyone to accept the Vaccine? Not at all, I did what I think is best for me. I believe as Americans we have the right to decide about our personal medical decisions. Senator Lora Reinbold did what she deems best for her. Although I do believe in following rules that stores and other facilities have in place for their businesses. It falls back to that rule everyone knows very well,” No Shoe, No Shirt, then no service. That’s my personal opinion.
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Michael Cavalierhas been doing productive work that actually benefits people all of his life, even before he was legally old enough to do so. He started out doing drywall finishing when he turned 18 (although he had actually been learning the trade since 15). Mike did a short stint working on the Mississippi River putting barges together, but eventually returned to the drywall trade, where worked for over 35 years. Eventually the drywall dust resulted in COPD thus forcing his retirement. Mike considers himself to have been conditioned from a very young age to think like a Democrat. He sees that happening in other families. With the help of a few others and a little research of his own, his eyes are now wide open to the truth. His objective is to help get the truth out there for others like himself. Mike is the guiding light behind https://truthseekingtruth.com/
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