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Posts published in “Day: February 6, 2015”

The vaccine pander

rainey BARRETT
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If you believe unvaccinated children should be allowed in public schools, you’d better stop reading right here and go back to your regular Faux Neus viewing ‘cause you’re not going to like what follows one damned bit.

Let me put it as simply as I can. Your unvaccinated child/grandchild has no God-given right to infect my vaccinated grandchildren. None. If your kid/grandkid doesn’t have a completed shot record in hand the first day of school, he/she should not be allowed on the bus. Period.

To see politicians running for any office teeter this way and that on such an important issue health should be a national embarrassment. The popular - but throughly unconscionable - practice of pandering to any given voter block by office seekers using mush-mouth answers on nearly any subject certainly is. On this one, is could also be deadly.

Watching Chris Christie wallow in the verbal swamp on this subject is embarrassing, though hardly out-of-character, for a guy who’s the only one who doesn’t realize his political career is nearly over. But Rand Paul is the one that disappoints most. First, because he’s a doctor. Second, because his response has been the nutcase echo of Michelle Bachman with this “I’ve heard of...” or “”someone told me...” B.S.. The man is a physician-by-training. He knows better. If he truly doesn’t, his medical career is just one bad diagnosis from landing him in malpractice court.

I’m old enough to remember measles epidemics. When I was in elementary school in East Wenatchee, two kids in my school died of measles. There were deaths in other schools, too. The vaccines at that time were weaker and usually given separately as opposed to the combination practice now. Even so, wise parents who’d seen measles epidemics in their lifetimes made sure their kids had the best protection - measles, mumps, diphtheria, etc..

Now, vaccines are much more effective. Medical and pharmaceutical professionals have better tools and more knowledge. We can protect nearly everyone from these once terrible diseases.

The right wing crazies continuing to peddle the fully discredited “research” of more than 30 years ago are putting their own families at risk if they practice what they’re trying to get the rest of us to believe. And if they ARE practicing by not vaccinating their offspring, then those kids should not be allowed to endanger the rest of us and ours. (more…)

On the front pages

news

Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

New bill would allow permit-less concealed carry (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News, Moscow News)
UI student study looks into rural flight (Boise Statesman)
Guns, abortion arrive at Idaho Legislature (Lewiston Tribune)
Clear Creek forest project approaches approval (Lewiston Tribune)
Longshore issues on Pacific port hit businesses (Lewiston Tribune)
Old Mercy Hospital at Nampa faces uncertainty (Nampa Press Tribune)
Federal Department of Justice looks into broadband (TF Times News)

No third case of severe flu at UO (Eugene Register Guard)
Snowpack running especially low, temps high (Eugene Register Guard)
Obama budget calls for $18m for Klamath project (KF Herald & News)
Oregon has lowest vaccination race (KF Herald & News)
Round Up Association challenging property taxes (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Kitzhaber not likely to resign (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Umatilla Co asks local control on energy siting (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Reviewing Hayes' policy impacts (Portland Oregonian)
Former Representative Wes Cooley dies (Portland Oregonian)
Legislative leaders remark on Kitzhaber (Salem Statesman Journal)
Howard Hall ripped out at Salem (Salem Statesman Journal)

Bill to require child vaccination, no matter beliefs (Everett Herald, Port Angeles News)
Everett Schools would expand kindergarten (Everett Herald)
Battle over smelt flushing limits at Lake Sacajawea (Longview News)
Kaiser health cost 2,000 with Weyco action (Longview News)
Oregonian tells Kitzhaber to resign (Longview Nwws)
State insurance exchange 81k behind enroll target (Olympian)
Haggen stores moves into major league status (Seattle Times)
Inslee learned from California on carbon caps (Seattle Times)
Telephone audit gives Spokane city $700k (Spokane Spokesman)
Tacoma restricts use of Weyerhaeuser mansion (Tacoma News Tribune)
Banfield Pet Hospital shows off headquarters plan (Vancouver Columbian)