I am a professor of business law at the University of Alaska Anchorage where I have taught for the past 10 years. As a boy I desired to move to Alaska and was finally able to do so a decade ago. It is rare for me to write to a representative, but because of the significance of the “COVID pandemic” and what appears to me to be many irrational responses the pandemic, I believe it necessary to interject some thoughts – hopefully some reasonable thoughts – as to why you should pass House Bill 175 – “An act relating to COVID-19 immunization rights.”
I offer you 10 good reasons to do so.

First, a recent extensive medical study in Israel has indicated that natural immunity to the COVID virus is superior to any vaccine.

Second, another study indicates that those who take the vaccine actually suffer more severe consequences from a quote “break out infection” than those who rely upon natural immunity.

Third, the financial interest of the drug companies that have developed these vaccines is staggering. Pfizer alone has made $20 billion (that’s billion with a B) on its new vaccine. The future of booster vaccines will merely serve to enhance their profitability. I have no objections to profits as I once worked for a corporation that had $10 billion in annual sales, but Pfizer’s record on product liability is not good.

Fourth, the FDA has a conflict of interest, apparently half of the revenues for the FDA come from the drug companies, and many of their suggestions for studies, like those done on pregnant women, have been ignored by the drug companies. Long-term studies on women have yet to be done, and the FDA has ignored its own standards in both the emergency and recent “final” approval of the COVID vaccines, which the FDA has been known to withdraw in the past when long-term consequences emerge. Remember Thalidomide?

Fifth, considering that no long-term studies have occurred regarding the effect of COVID vaccines on pregnant women and their babies, and anecdotal evidence indicates that there are increasing numbers of miscarriages and heavy bleeding among women who take the vaccine, no woman should be required to take the still-experimental vaccine.

Sixth, the marginal infection rate of children coupled with their strong immune systems have caused British vaccine advisors to decline to recommend shots for children.

Seventh, statistical analysis by the United States government has been skewed tremendously during the pandemic. In the year prior to the COVID pandemic there were 61,000 deaths due to the flu in the United States (2017-2018). Typically, these deaths occurred among the elderly and those whose immune systems were compromised in one way or another. In 2019-2020 those flu deaths dropped to 22,000 – more than two-thirds fewer. Other causes of death are also down significantly since the COVID pandemic, which at least suggests that reporting is skewed in favor of COVID.

Eighth, the Nuremberg code, which was developed after extensive government experimentation on human subjects in Nazi Germany, states that no one should be required to submit to a medical treatment to which they do not consent. It is a fundamental tenant of international law that people should not be forced to take medical treatments against their better judgment or the council of their own physicians.

Ninth, the U.S. Constitution says that no person can have life, liberty or property taken without due process of law. Fundamental due process requires notice and opportunity to be heard before a judge or jury before property interest can be taken. We all have a property interest in our own bodies – at least we did prior to COVID. Before this pandemic, medical treatments were entirely under the purview of the individual deciding whether to receive or not to receive them. Abortion is sold as a “woman’s right to control her own body,” a right to kill the baby in her womb for health reasons.” Furthermore, a “living will” allows an autonomous individual the right to decline medical treatment, even if it leads to their death.

Tenth, we must follow the Golden Rule – the principle of treating others as one wants to be treated. Jesus said, whatsoever you would have men do unto you, do ye even so unto them. This wisdom is found in most religions and cultures. At a minimum, it means I cannot be forced against my own conscience and against my own perception of my physical needs to take a substance into my body without my consent. To allow the vaccinated access to public facilities and schools, while prohibiting the unvaccinated from that very same access is invidious discrimination. In my opinion it is just as bad as racial discrimination, particularly for those who have already had the virus, acquired natural immunity, and who may have a dangerous reaction to the vaccine.

To summarize, the efficacy of the vaccine is uncertain, natural immunity may be superior, and the long-term effect of the vaccine on women and children is still unknown. Given Pfizer’s financial interest in pushing its vaccine, coupled with the company’s record with previous products (and the number of punitive damages awarded against them for the ill effects of their drugs) it seems prudent to consider the source of the idea that vaccines should be forced upon us all.

The views expressed here are those of the author.

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Open letter to Alaska legislators: Protect our right to decline the COVID vax

Richard "Clayton" Trotter
Richard “Clayton” Trotter is an associate professor of Business Administration at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He was one of the founding professors of Regent University School of Law and has served as corporate counsel for General Mills, Inc. and the Justice Foundation, a national law firm that seeks to mobilize citizens through financial and service contributions to provide free legal representation in landmark cases to protect and restore justice.


  • Burt says:

    Resistance to Tyranny is Obedience to God. The answer to 1984 is 1776! The time for being nice to these Marxist/Communists who want to lock us down and inject us up is OVER! What they are doing in Australia they want to do here to us.

    • Opus says:

      I agree with Burt. House Bill 175 – “An act relating to COVID-19 immunization rights.” is not only unnecessary, it is stupid. RIGHTS do not come from government. They come from our Creator. WE THE PEOPLE never gave government the authority to mandate anything and certainly not a fake vaccine. We don’t need more legislation to enforce our Rights. We need intelligent citizens with moral courage.

  • Ekim Kcidrub says:

    Richard, What a great letter. I’m in agreement with you 100 %. I hope that these power corrupted people come to their senses and realize that science should be at the top of the list before some experimental vaccine.
    They need to look at the people the way that they look at the $$.
    “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely” and then you add the money and all common sense in the world is flushed down the toilet. At that point it seems that human life doesn’t matter and we all become just Guinea Pigs.
    I’m not the smartest person by any means but it seems to me that they have an alterior motive. It looks like to me that it follows with what happened in Germany during WW 2. This is probably a very bad analogy.
    With what is happening in other countries around the world and in different states and cities here in the United States it is becoming increasingly worrisome.
    If these people don’t come to their senses PDQ we might not ever be able to climb out of the Dark Deep Rabbit Hole that we are going down.

    • Wardaug Smith says:

      Totally agree with this letter and hope more people will wake up from there sheepish slumbering and be active in holding our govt accountable for the blatant over reach

  • Eva says:

    Love all of these valid points.

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    Great letter. Add also there certainly does not seem to be much follow up or study at all on those that have had the vaccine. I know of a birth mother who just had her second baby less than 10 days ago and had been vaccinated during her pregnancy. She did indeed have serious bleeding and clotting issues afterward that she never had after her first pregnancy. Is this even being noted? I do wonder. It appears the only data collected is by the pharmaceutical companies themselves, while the federal vaccine adverse effect reporting system – VAERS is cumbersome and requires a visit to your doctors office for any reporting to be done and then your practitioner has to follow through with it.

  • Opus says:

    In light of the fake pandemic and fake vaccine I offer the following: A one hour documentary of the last 20 months or so. Probably the most important video you will ever see.

  • Sally Pollen says:

    Thank you, Mr Trotter for that excellent argument, for your 10 good reasons we should favor of HB175. Its great to see a “conservative” opinion coming out of the University of Alaska. I said “conservative” but that’s not accurate. Generally accepted logic, common sense and adherence to our constitutional rights should not be politicized. Its a sad day to now have to fight for what used to be almost universally accepted as right and just and true. I’m not trying to change my nation, just fighting to keep it.

  • Marie Fremlin says:

    Your letter is spot on. Maybe a local petition or class action lawsuit would be helpful to put these Leftist tyrannts in their place. I would also like to point out that 60% of my property tax money is being used to fund schools with Leftist agendas against my will.

  • Sharon Knowlton says:

    Thank you for putting into words my thoughts! I agree 100%.

  • Jon and Ruth Ewig says:

    Thank you Mr Trotter. It’s is hopeful to see someone in law engaging. We find that few in law are here in the Interior.

  • Jon and Ruth Ewig says:

    We mean that few lawyers are engaging that live here in the Interior. Where is justice?

  • Steve Peterson says:

    Thank you for writing that letter. I hope it is read by those who are in positions of power.

  • Melinda Osburn says:

    We need to copy and send this letter to our representatives!! We cannot just nod our heads in agreement anymore. Look at the makeup of the committee where HB175 sits. It will never move on without an overwhelming response of support. Please send emails to co-chairs Justin Parish and Tiffany Zulkosky to move this bill along!

  • Melinda says:


    I was looking at old committee info. The current co-chairs are

  • Randy J Moore says:

    Well written. I forwarded the link to Representative Kaufman and Senator Holland who represent me in the legislature.

    God Bless You and keep “ringing the bell” to wake the sleeping church !

  • Andy says:

    Awesome letter, tyranny and oppression is here and being on the receiving end doesn’t sit well with me.

  • Bill says:

    Thank you Professor Trotter. Let’s hope the public and the legislators wake up to common sense and real science instead of relying upon the false narrative being propagandized by the government, the media, and the pharmaceutical companies.

  • DB2 says:

    Thank you for your letter Mr. Trotter!
    Count me, my husband, my daughter, my son-in-law, 99% of my church family and the rest of my tax-paying, voting, Alaskan friends and family.

    Ahem! Hint, hint legislative servants!

  • DB2 says:

    Thank you for your letter Mr. Trotter!
    Count me, my husband, my daughter, my son-in-law, 99% of my church family and the rest of my tax-paying, voting, Alaskan friends and family in total agreement with you.

    Ahem! Hint, hint legislative servants!

  • Sheri says:

    Thank you for this well written letter.

  • Aileen Cotter says:

    Thank you for that well written letter! There are other reason also why we should not take an experimental vaccine! Every body is different! We live in America land of the free where we have always had a choice and it’s no one business but your as to why! United we Stand! Never give up!!

  • dennis says:

    Well Done Clayton! Appreciate your valued insight and knowledge and our friendship over these 10 years.

  • Diane Jeffus says:

    Thank you.

  • Buford Pusser says:

    A very nice letter, agreed
    HOWEVER it is UNLIKELY this well intentioned bill will ever see the light of day BECAUSE the committee it has been sent to is chaired by political hacks that are supportive of mask and vaccine mandates.
    Procedures and rules will prevent something that many of us peons support from ever being considered!
    We are subjects and not represented by our government both on the state and federal levels
    It’s waaaay past the time to refresh the tree of liberty

  • Brandy Super says:

    Thank you for standing up for us , there are those of us who can’t or shouldn’t get the vaccine and have already had the virus anyways . America is still a free country!

  • Laura says:

    Call your representatives and let them know that you would like your freedom of choice and privacy protected. The State of Montana passed House Bill 702(look it up and read it!) protecting against disrimination. If enough people speak up, our state could protect our rights as well.

  • Katelyn Bryan says:

    I cannot thank you enough for writing this letter, I agree wholeheartedly with your facts and opinions stated in this letter regarding the covid-19 pandemic and mandates. God bless you for speaking up. State of Alaska leaders take note!!!

  • Gene Amidon says:

    Mr. Trotted, every point you made in your letter is exact and to the point. I have always believed in those ten points and stand with you. Thank you. That is why my wife and I won’t take the poke because we got the covid last October and the reasons for not doing so is in your letter.