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Friday, October 15, 2004

AIDS - is it a political issue or a public health issue?

Those of use in Maryland, and especially those of us at UB know of William Donald (Willie-Don) Schaefer, former Governor of Maryland, former Mayor of Baltimore, and current State Comptroller.

Blair Lee of the Lee Development Group has written a very interesting article about one of Willie-Don's recent outbursts... Schaefertime in Maryland

Mr. Schaefer's idea is, basically, to quit treating AIDS as a political issue and treat it as a deadly communicable disease.

I'm not one to favor governmental invasions of privacy. Then again, nobody really argues that the existence of the CDC is way beyond the constitutional mandate of "promoting the general welfare." Also, this is a state official, and states are allowed to go deeper into peoples lives, generally (or ideally) than the Federal government is supposed to go.

So, what do you think... Is it time to treat AIDS and HIV infection as a disease from which unsuspecting people should be afforded some protection? Sounds like a policy issue worth discussing...


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