First and foremost, I must disclose that I do not believe the Ebola virus is a major threat to the majority of the American people. There seems to be a concerted effort on the part of many in the media to lead people to believe that this is going to be a pandemic affecting people all over the country. A look at past history would indicate that this is not the case. However, it is still important that we take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves from the threat that this virus provides.
In late 2002 and into 2003, we were led to believe that Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was going to kill thousands of people. We were told to avoid air travel at all costs. In the end, only eight Americans contracted the condition and there were no deaths in the U.S. While the H1N1 virus (“swine flu”) had a more severe impact within the U.S., it still did not reach anywhere near levels that we constantly heard it would.
These cases show that our government is very good at keeping these situations under control. In our country, we are blessed with clean water and sanitation systems that do not exist in the areas that have already been deeply impacted by the Ebola virus.
All of this being said, we still need to be sure we take necessary precautions. We should continue the course of attempting to stop the spread of Ebola in West Africa while preventing individuals from the region from traveling to the United States until it is completely contained. I believe that this course of action is the best one to keep this from putting more of our population in harm’s way.
Congress must discuss the possibility of increasing funding for medical research regarding potential threats that may come about in the future. While even the foremost medical experts cannot predict these situations with complete certainty, they do possess the technology to prepare us for potential dangers.
To learn more about my campaign to represent Indiana’s 8th District in Congress, visit my website at www.spanglerforcongress.com.
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FOOT NOTE: Following is a statement from Tom regarding the current state of his campaign and his wife’s breast cancer surgery:
As many of you know, Penny Spangler, my wife of 43 years, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. This is the second time we have walked this journey, as she experienced cancer in the same area 23 years ago. Our faith is strong and we are in good spirits. My wife will be undergoing surgery very soon and we ask that you keep our family in your thoughts and prayers. We would like to take this opportunity and my platform as a congressional candidate to increase awareness and move towards a cure for this terrible disease. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but every day should we should all be aware of what women with breast cancer and their friends and family are dealing with. We must find a cure so that these women can find peace and so that our younger generation of women do not have to live in constant fear of experiencing what my wife is dealing with.
I will be suspending my campaign for these next two days as my wife undergoes surgery. We would appreciate your thoughts and prayers.