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Letters to the Editor for Nov. 3, 2010


Vaccine safety on trial
To the editor:
According to the Supreme Court of The United States blog: 
“The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act protects vaccine manufacturers from liability for certain injuries caused by their vaccines (giving injured patients compensation from the government instead).”
On the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web site, we find the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).


According to their current posting: “Approximately 30,000 VAERS reports are filed annually, with 10 percent to 15 percent classified as serious (resulting in permanent disability, hospitalization, life-threatening illnesses or death).” VAERS is a passive reporting system (not mandatory). According to the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons and other organizations, only 10 percent of adverse events are reported.

In September, there was a first-ever, million dollar vaccine injury lawsuit settlement for the family of Hannah Poling, related to autism. The Supreme Court is reviewing a case involving Hannah Bruesewitz, another child permanently injured after receiving a series of vaccines. Depending on the court’s decision, the financial burden of vaccine injury compensation could be placed where it belongs: on the vaccine manufacturers and not the public.  It could also force these same entities to go through the standard legal process. There are thousands of such cases pending a hearing.

Many Oregonians and medical doctors are aware of the dangers of vaccination. Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, Dr. Jaquelyn McCandless, Dr. Russell Blaylock, Dr. Jennifer Craig, are just a few medical voices that have been helping those injured by vaccinations and educating the public as to the efficacy of vaccines. It’s easy to look up their findings, and a good place to start would be the International Medical Council on Vaccination Web site.

For those who choose to vaccinate, vaccines are available that do not have substances like formaldehyde, aluminum phosphate, thimerosal, hydrochloric acid, and dozens of other potentially harmful adjuvants in them.

A decision in favor of Hannah Bruesewitz and her family could only benefit thousands of Americans, who must cope with life after serious vaccine injury, and help prevent such tragedies for others in the future.

L.E. Castillo
Baker City

Obama smart, but not a miracle man
To the editor:

It became apparent by the end of the second year of the George W. Bush administration that the American economy was going to collapse, perhaps sooner than later. In a world of declining and more costly resources, conservative fiscal policy was needed. Instead, the budget surplus of the Clinton administration was gone. Businesses large and small were encouraged to move their productive activity out of the country thus eliminating many American jobs and the taxes on the earned income of those lost jobs, regulations governing finance, industry and business were not enforced or eliminated altogether. The “tax cut for the wealthy” cut off another source of tax income, and a new, large government expense was begun, the Iraq war. And Congress went on a spending spree.

When Barack Obama was elected president I was happy. At last we had elected a man who was intelligent, educated, and really concerned about the problems of the average citizen. I was also sad because people were expecting him to be a miracle man. They still didn’t realize we were falling into a depression. Prosperity can not be restored for at least a generation, maybe two. The most President Obama and his administration could do was cushion the fall. They have done a remarkable job.

Now they are being blamed for not pulling off a miracle. They are only human, and they are trying hard to keep us from total collapse. For our own sake we should do what we can to help them.

Miriam Aschim

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