Letter to the editor: Life before liberty

Posted 6/3/20

 

In 1909 a woman named Mary Mallon sued the New York City Dept. of Health in a case that was eventually heard by the Supreme Court. That court ruled that local authorities do have the right …

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Letter to the editor: Life before liberty

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In 1909 a woman named Mary Mallon sued the New York City Dept. of Health in a case that was eventually heard by the Supreme Court. That court ruled that local authorities do have the right to enforce public health regulations when necessary because the courts “...must protect the community against a recurrence of spreading the disease”. This meant that health officials could place “Typhoid Mary” into involuntary quarantine for the last 25 years of her life on North Brother Island in New York’s East River because she refused to understand that she was an asymptomatic super-spreader. Claiming that adherence to health and safety regulations violates anybody’s rights is just plain wrong and lack of compliance should be treated as selfish displays of arrogant defiance. Even failed State Attorney General candidate George Brauchler reluctantly conceded that Governor Polis’ actions and proclamations to deal with the disease are Constitutional. When it comes to rights in America let’s not forget that “Life” precedes “Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” in that familiar phrase we all know so well.
Paul Barnkow,
Arvada 

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