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Bring back Non Sequitur!

Jim Alciere

East Machias

Protect parents’ rights

All parents have a practical duty to protect their child’s unique needs. Unfortunately, proponents of 100 percent compliance do not respect the needs of immunocompromised children or their parents.

In 2017, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program compensated 706 parties with $252,245,932.78 for injuries and death. In 2011, the Supreme Court discussed vaccines as “unavoidably unsafe” as laid out in the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, and ruled that pharmaceutical companies could not be held liable in vaccine design-defect claims.

As the parent of a Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome child, I witnessed my son’s developmental regression after having a bad vaccine reaction. Vaccine ingredients like mercury, formaldehyde, egg proteins, and aborted fetal cells can cause severe or life threatening allergic reactions.

As a parent, I have to live with the consequences of legislation. Forcing compliance on immunocompromised children is unethical and unsafe. As a parent of a child damaged by vaccines, I implore my fellow Mainers to oppose LD 798 and preserve the rights of parents.

Jonathan Smith


Our next president

Many women and people of color are circling for a presidential run in 2020. They are the future of America. With all due respect to Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg and Bernie Sanders and being an old white man myself, the next president should not be an old white man.

Despite chronic budget deficits and staggering federal debt, the next president must, as the first domestic priority, promote equal opportunity for all Americans. In paraphrasing John F. Kennedy, the next president should choose to start providing Medicare for all children, not because it will be easy, but because it will harness our best hopes for our future. Yes, start at infancy and provide Medicare for all children up to age 26, and continue coverage as they grow older than age 26. Let the albatross of our existing payer system of private health insurance die slowly of its own weight.

Our next president must quickly address the growing inequality of opportunity between the poor and the rich by promoting investments in our children that are driven by vision and ambition. A campaign of lies, empty promises, and a laundry list of trifles will not do.

Stephen Freeman

Presque Isle

Collins and Kavanaugh

A few months ago Sen. Susan Collins, assured Maine voters that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would protect a women’s right to control her body. She assured alarmed Mainer’s that Kavanaugh didn’t have it out for Roe v. Wade against compelling, some might say overwhelming indications, to the contrary. Collins met with Kavanaugh and came away convinced that a women’s legal right to an abortion, established law for many years, was safe with Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court. After presenting herself as undecided until just before the final vote, Collins lectured everyone else about Kavanagh’s character and commitment to women’s reproductive rights.

It didn’t take very long for Collin’s lecture to be discredited. Last week, Kavanaugh voted against women’s reproductive rights and signaled his hostility to Roe v. Wade. If it wasn’t for a surprising vote from John Roberts, most women in Louisiana would have lost an established constitutional right to the reproductive health care of a safe abortion.

Collins’ initial comments have been that only the far left will connect the dots and see that she was wrong about Kavanaugh. Then she said that people hadn’t read Kavanaugh’s dissent statement. What difference does that make? Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell certainly don’t have her back. But Collins refuses to admit that she’s been wrong.

Collins comes across as though she believes that her Senate votes, and the ensuing consequences of those votes don’t matter to Maine voters. Collin’s votes and the consequences of those votes matter a lot to the people of Maine, and will have an enormous influence around election time.

Ed Ferreira

New Sharon