Letters: Vaccine safety should be real consideration
Federal Health and Human Services has not conducted any vaccine safety tests in the past 32 years. They were required by the 1986 National Vaccine Injury Act to report to Congress every two years. They sent zero reports.
This came out after a lawsuit was filed. Here is the link: healthimpactnews.com/2018/hhs-sued-for-not-upholding-vaccine-safety-testing-mandated-by-law/
Please report on this as our lawmakers are considering removing personal exemptions. They are telling us that vaccines are completely safe.
If vaccines are completely safe, why would the U.S. government pay out nearly $4 billion in compensation to parents of vaccine injured children? If vaccines are completely safe, why do vaccine makers require protection from lawsuits even if a child dies? With zero liability, there is no incentive to produce a safe vaccine.
Would you buy a child car seat from a manufacturer if you cannot sue the manufacturer?
Pass law limiting big campaign donations
The candidates in the most recent gubernatorial election raised a combined $21 million to run their campaigns.
To her credit, Gov. Kate Brown's goal in capping the amount individual donors can give is important. However, that alone is not enough to change the way such races are run and won.
Both GOP nominee state Rep. Knute Buehler and Gov. Brown's campaigns received only 7 percent of their funds from small donors. Thus they both heavily relied on funds from single big donors and out-of-state contributions.
In order to move to a more representative system, state legislators need to pass small-donor elections, which would give candidates without access to big donors the ability to raise enough money to run a viable campaign.
Passing this bill would move one step closer toward creating the representative and responsive democracy that Oregonians deserve.
Lawmakers must consider dangers of vaccines
State Rep. Mitch Greenlick wants to take away your child's right to a public education if they aren't up to date on vaccines.
Measles cases occur regardless of vaccination status.
A third dose of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), doesn't boost titers for any length of time, and we now understand that the vaccine doesn't confer lifelong protection. About 5 percent of our population will not produce antibodies to the vaccine.
Many of our children can't get the vaccine. The CDC recently added that children with a parent, brother or sister with a history of immune system problems should not get the MMR. About 43 percent of our children are now diagnosed with at least one of 20 chronic illnesses, including autoimmune disorders.
Oregon Health Authority data shows that vaccination rates are high, averaging 95 percent for adolescents.
Live virus vaccines such as MMR, rotavirus, chicken pox, shingles and influenza can shed the virus for many weeks or months afterward and infect both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
According to the FDA Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System database as of Feb. 5, the number of adverse events from measles, mumps and rubella vaccines alone was: 93,929 adverse events, 1,810 disabilities, 6,902 hospitalizations and 463 deaths.
More than 60 percent of those adverse events occurred in children 3 years old and younger. VAERS is a voluntary reporting system that studies show only captures 1 percent of adverse events.
A serious side effect is seizure, which occurs in about 1 in 640 children vaccinated with MMR — about five times more often than seizure from measles infection.
Merck's former scientists are suing Merck for allegedly faking the efficacy tests for the MMR. The federal government removed financial liability from the pharmaceutical companies for vaccine injury under the National Child Vaccine Injury Act in 1986.
Given the serious risks of vaccination, why does Rep. Greenlick want to take away Oregon parents' rights to refuse what is injected into our children?
Multnomah people's fate not well known
I attended a grade school with the same name as our county, Multnomah.
My teachers taught me that the Multnomah people were a great Indian nation that lived where the Willamette River drains into the Columbia River. They even showed me a picture of Chief Multnomah, a proud and impressive-looking warrior with a square chin, high cheekbones, copper skin and a colorful headdress.
But my teachers were hesitant to say much more about these Indians.
Consequently, the true story of these people was just conjured up in my youthful imagination. Then recently I stumbled upon some tragic information about these people.
The Multnomah Indians were a large band of Chinooks that could neither read nor write, so their history was passed down in the oral tradition around the campfires.
There were many Multnomah villages that occupied the banks of rivers, sloughs and waterways of the lower Columbia as far north as Canada, south to the Willamette Falls, east to Cascade Falls and west to St. Helens.
Their main village, Cathlapotle, was on or near Sauvie Island. This cluster of large cedar lodges was the home of 3,500 people year-round and as many as 10,000 during the harvest seasons.
Some historians believe that the Multnomah people were the largest tribe of settled Indians in all of America.
Then tragedy struck. In 1830, a disease, generally thought to be malaria, devastated the Multnomah villages. Within a few years the village of Cathlapotle was totally abandoned.
By 1834, the Multnomah people had nearly been wiped out due to this unseen and unforgiving epidemic. By 1910, with only a handful of Multnomahs still alive, the remaining people were placed on a reservation, where they all soon died out.
Now I understand my teacher's hesitation. This true story of the Multnomah people would have been a devastating tale for a young "cowboy" like myself.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.