Voting on March 3

I encourage all Mainers to make their voices heard in the March 3 presidential primary. Even if you are not currently enrolled in a political party, I hope you will consider voting. If unenrolled, you can register in either party at any time up to and including on Election Day. If you wish to return to unenrolled status, you can do so after 90 days. This is especially important if you want to have a say in who will run against President Donald Trump.

There is also the referendum to consider. Everyone can vote on this issue, and I urge a no vote to protect the health of our children and grandchildren. The medical profession seems unified in opposing this referendum. We trust our medical professionals in other areas of health, and we should listen to them in this area.

Jane Bragg

Bangor

Our health is our decision

When our vet switched to the PureVax rabies vaccine (no adjuvants), he told me his practice experienced a noticeable drop in feline cancer rates.

Immediately following his 15-month MMR shot, a normally developing child in our playgroup experienced extreme lethargy for days and what were eventually termed seizures. He subsequently developed and was diagnosed with autism.

In 1993, a real estate client told me that during her station overseas, 20 years previously, German doctors had cautioned her to avoid certain immunizations due to a risk of multiple sclerosis. In the U.S., to protect her elderly husband, she was being encouraged to take the flu shot. The nurse with whom she spoke of her concerns had never heard of an association between multiple sclerosis and vaccines, but did not pressure my client, who eventually agreed to the inoculation. When we again met, in 1995, she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and walked with a cane.

Though an important contributor, allopathic is not the only form of medicine. Informed and effective alternative healthcare methods do exist.

Regardless of scientific or public opinion, it is my husband and I, our children and the adults placed under duress by LD 798, who must deal with the consequences of vaccination or illness. I will be voting yes on Question 1, because how we choose to care for our health is our decision. Period.

Tammera Fenn

Charleston

Think of your neighbor when voting on Question 1

I’m proud of Maine’s independent character. Making reasonable, informed decisions is our tradition. It’s a tradition we can uphold by understanding the facts about vaccinations and voting no on Question 1 on March 3.

Despite people against vaccination clouding the issue, the truth remains the truth: vaccinations are safe and effective.

It is important to have a clear-eyed look at what happens when those who do not understand science take control of our individual health and the health of our communities.

When immunization rates are too low, infants, children, pregnant women, adults with complex medical conditions and the elderly become at risk for easily preventable diseases.

Science is not Republican or Democratic. It can’t be bought with out-of-state money or bamboozled by misleading social media posts. But we can use it as a tool to build a Maine that is safer for all of us.

Vaccinations are a public good. Please think of your neighbor and Vote no on 1 on March 3. We’re all in this together.

Aaron Bergeron

Portland

Vote yes to repeal immunization law

I would like to bring some facts and experience to the debate over immunizations. In the past three years, the Maine CDC has reported a grand total of two cases of measles in Maine: One case in 2017 that did not spread to anyone else, no cases in 2018 and one in 2019 that also did not spread. In my 40 years of family practice in Belfast, I saw no cases of measles.

Requiring immunizations as a condition of school attendance and some employment will take away the civil and educational rights of families and individuals, while having little or no effect on disease control. Our current system is terrific, and it accomplishes relatively high immunization rates.

On the other hand, with passage of this new law, we will promote insular communities of home-schooled children who are not immunized. Then we will have an actual problem, as occurred in New York City in 2019 in an orthodox Jewish community.

I am for immunizations. My brother had polio. But if it’s not broke, don’t fix it! Vote yes to repeal.

David Thanhauser

Waldo