To The Daily Sun
Mr. Ewing's letter in the Oct. 15 paper is full of misleading statements too numerous to refute in one reply. One glaring misstatement on his part is that Thomas Duncan lied about being exposed to Ebola before coming to this country to visit with family. If Mr. Ewing had done his research before making this accusation he would have found that Mr. Duncan did not know he was exposed to the virus by a neighbor who suffered from Ebola.
That neighbor he helped was misdiagnosed when she went to the hospital with symptoms (sound familiar yet Mr. Ewing, Dallas Medical Center déjà vu)? She was told by staff that she was experiencing sickness as a result of her pregnancy and sent home. Mr. Duncan, the good Samaritan in this scenario, helped her out of a taxi after she was mistakenly sent home (see any parallels yet?). He then left for the United States completely asymptomatic, not knowing that this woman would die from Ebola or that he was exposed to the virus.
When he checked into the ER at the Dallas Medical Center with Ebola symptoms he did in fact state that he came from West Africa. As we all know now he was misdiagnosed and sent home.
Here is a scenario for you to consider. Let's not only recommend that President Obama close our borders to people, but to all manufactured goods coming from Mexico, China and other overseas countries. If President Obama, as you suggest, closes our borders for your illogical reasoning how will those goods get to our markets? You must realize that U.S. corporations fled to countries where labor is cheap, working conditions are deplorable, sanitation is but an illusion, and adequate health care for those workers is but a dream.
Let's take your illogical argument a few steps further. Let's just say that some people who have been exposed to deadly diseases are working in these subpar factories. In these horrendous working conditions without proper ventilation they get their sweat and mucus on the goods coming to our markets. How do we know that when we purchase these products and bring them into our homes or wear them on our bodies we won't be exposed to their communicable diseases?
Can we have a guarantee from corporations who have businesses overseas or in Mexico that viruses and diseases present in those countries of origin will be dormant or dead before goods are transported to the U.S. and then brought into our homes? How are these goods sanitized before shipping to other countries? Are these factories equipped with any means of sterilization?
I suggest that you take a trip to any store here in the U.S. which imports goods from other countries. When you walk into these stores take a deep breath. If you have a very sensitive nose you can't help but smell the chemicals added to many of the goods when and where they are produced. Are these chemicals mixed with factory workers blood, sweat and mucus?
Your last sentence should in fact read: Corporations are protected by the GOP and the conservative majority of the Supreme Court.
Further, how do we know that Americans are protected from these diseases and viruses by an uncaring corporate cartels? Since the Supreme Court declared corporations "people" are they any different from your imaged disease carrying illegals?