You have permission to edit this article.
Edit

For the love of transparency

  • Comments

To the editor: Mayor Ward, Mayor Bronson, Rep. Grier Hopkins, Sen. Robert Myers, Gov. Dunleavy — I would like the Covid dashboard to begin reflecting vaccinated versus unvaccinated illness numbers.

I understand that the CDC is not collecting that data, which is curious in itself since as of Oct. 6 the U.S. Department Health and Human Services has 31 different reporting requirements that hospitals must comply with under pain of heavy fines regarding Covid. However, you in leadership positions could easily require this through Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services. I am confident that the thorough professionals at Providence Alaska Medical Center inquire about the vaccination status of their patients so this is not an onerous recording/reporting requirement.

How about it, leaders, a little transparency? I hate to include this but perhaps a little incentive with personal fines for the fine leaders of Providence to ensure the numbers are not “adjusted.” We’ve all heard about that one guy who died of Covid after slamming into a telephone pole at 60-plus miles per hour without a seat belt on.

I really appreciate when politicians tout their adherence to transparency and the battle with misinformation. I look forward to seeing this transparency in action with the inclusion of vaccinated versus unvaccinated illness numbers on the Covid dashboard. If you can, go the extra mile and provide the number of deaths due to Covid vaccination complications to clear up any misinformation.

After all, transparency leads to an well informed society.

Recommended for you

Guidelines

The Daily News-Miner encourages residents to make themselves heard through the Opinion pages. Readers' letters and columns also appear online at newsminer.com. Contact the editor with questions at letters@newsminer.com or call 459-7574.

Community Perspective

Send Community Perspective submissions by mail (P.O. Box 70710, Fairbanks AK 99707) or via email (letters@newsminer.com). Submissions must be 500 to 750 words. Columns are welcome on a wide range of issues and should be well-written and well-researched with attribution of sources. Include a full name, email address, daytime telephone number and headshot photograph suitable for publication (email jpg or tiff files at 150 dpi.) You may also schedule a photo to be taken at the News-Miner office. The News-Miner reserves the right to edit submissions or to reject those of poor quality or taste without consulting the writer.

Letters to the editor

Send letters to the editor by mail (P.O. Box 70710, Fairbanks AK 99707), by fax (907-452-7917) or via email (letters@newsminer.com). Writers are limited to one letter every two weeks (14 days.) All letters must contain no more than 350 words and include a full name (no abbreviation), daytime and evening phone numbers and physical address. (If no phone, then provide a mailing address or email address.) The Daily News-Miner reserves the right to edit or reject letters without consulting the writer.

Submit your news & photos

Let us know what you're seeing and hearing around the community.