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Opinion Virginia’s economy is at risk

Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin, right, and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe at a debate in Grundy, Va., on Sept. 16.
Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin, right, and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe at a debate in Grundy, Va., on Sept. 16. (Steve Helber/AP)

The Sept. 21 news article “GOP governors draw battle line over vaccine mandates” noted that in a recent debate between Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee for Virginia governor, and Glenn Youngkin, the Republican nominee, Mr. Youngkin said of coronavirus vaccinations that “individuals should be allowed to make that decision on their own.” I question whether a candidate for Virginia governor who considers public health responsibility a matter of individual choice is someone we can trust to lead us through this crisis.

At risk is a robust Virginia economy if we don’t put our shoulders to the wheel and raise our coronavirus vaccination rate. Virginians have made tremendous progress in attracting national and international businesses to our state. Businesses won’t continue to locate or stay here if they feel a governor lacks commitment to and protection of public health.

Alvina M. McHale, Arlington

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