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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 25, 2015 9B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE New bill threa Americans" medical freedom Most would agree that WHERE I STAND best. Sen. Pan is basically when it comes to any medical ............................................... playing the role of procedure that carries risk, informed consent, the hallmark of all ethical medicine, which includes the option of forgoing said medical procedure, is paramount to being secure in our person and to making medical decisions for our children. However, bring up the word "vaccine" and somehow a certain segment of the population no longer wishes to use this very basic premise to ev.aluate the importance of our right as citizens and parents to make these decisions for ourselves, free from coercion and judgment. Vaccination is a medical procedure that, like any other, carries inherent risks. Californians have long enjoyed the right to make these decisions for their children because of the personal beliefs exemption from vaccination that has been part of state statute for many decades. Now, that fundamental'right hangs in the balance. Senate Bill 277 (Pan) was introduced in February of DAWN WlNKLER-KINATEDER EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM MEMBER HEALTHCHOICE this year and, should it pass, the personal beliefs exemption from vaccination will be eliminated. We have no religious exemption in state statute. California will enter the ranks of only two other states: Mississippi and West Virginia. Both states offer only a medical exemption, nearly impossible to obtain. Both states rank abysmally low with respect to infant mortality rates and overall health outcomes, with Mississippi ranking 50th in both categories. Why such a regressive bill in what is considered one of the nation's most progressive states? The bill's sponsor, Richard Pan, a pediatrician who has received plenty of contributions from big pharma as well as from the California Medical Association and other medical trade groups, seems to think that when it comes to your children, he knows pediatrician for all of California's children and your right to true informed consent means nothing to him. This is nothing new for Pan. In 2012, he was an Assembly member who sponsored Assembly Bill 2109, a bill that Changed California's personal beliefs exemption and added the requirement of obtaining a medical practitioner's signature on your personal beliefs exemption form. During one committee hearing regarding AB 2109, Dr. Pan stated, "now someone decides still vaccines (are) not for them, that's f'me, ya know ... that's their decision. We're not telling them they (parents) cannot have that decision." And noW here we are in 2015 and that's exactly what he is telling parents: that they should not be allowed to make these medical decisions for their children. Many are trying to confuse legislators and citizens by stating that SB 277 does not apply to home-schoolers. This is not true. SB 277 will apply to all children, regardless "of the type of school they attend or even if they are home-schooled. Education is compulsory in California for children aged 6 - 18. A child missing even one vaccine will not be able to be legally enrolled in any school, or even home-school, should SB 277 pass. I realize that some readers at this point are likely saying to themselves "Good." or "So what. We need vaccines. We'd all be dead from polio or measles without them." I implore you to please understand that many of us who choose to opt out of some or all vaccines are former vaccinators. Many of us have vaccine-injured children or even children who have died as a result of routine childhood vaccinations. Consequently, we have done our research for our subsequent children as we did not want to have them suffer the same consequences of blindly vaccinating them without so much as a question. We've learned things like the fact that the measles mortality rate declined will have no choice should significantly, to nearly zero, SB 277 be enacted into law. prior to 1963 when This is about medical widespread measles freedom of choice. No matter vaccination began to take your opinion of vaccinations place. And that since the in general or of the current passage of the National schedule, it should be Childhood Vaccine Injury concerning to you that a bill Act of 1986, which has been introduced with a indemnified vaccine high likelihood of passing manufacturers and that takes away your future administrators from all right to opt out of vaccines liability, more children have for your children. In my died as a direct result of the opinion, this is the beginning MMR vaccine than have died of medical tyranny. from measles in the U.S. California is not alone in during that time. We've also the nationwide attack on learned that many of the vaccine exemptions. ingredients in vaccinations Thirty-six states have seen are highly toxic and not well legislation this session that tolerated by many of our would either restrict or children, eliminate vaccine Let's say you are either a exemptions. Thankfully our citizen or a parent who is 100 neighbors to the north, percent on board with all of Oregon and Washington, shot the vaccinations required for down bills very similar to SB school at this time. You 277 -- but not without major might think SB 277 is of no opposition organizing and threat to you. But how can fighting tooth and nail. you know right now that you Our children are not the will be 100 percent on board only Californians under with any of the more than 200 attack. SB 792 (Mendoza) vaccines under development would require day care that may make their way workers and preschool onto the required school teachers receive certain schedule? Even if you disagree with just one, you See Freedom, page 10B Marijuana scenarios change; we need to use common sense I've never smoked pot. Not WHERE I STAND practically dead before you once, nada ... zero. I guess I ............................................ actually die. I don't like that must be missing out on GLENN MOLLETTE either but you never know something but I'm not sure COLUMNIST how you are going to feel on what. your deathbed. My wife and I were in about how far people can go Sadly a number of people Seattle a year or so ago. We with pot. in America have become were there to visit my son. I don't particularly like medicine seekers -- The city was having its fin'st aspirin, Tylenol or taking primarily pain medicine hemp festival. We saw a cold medicine. I don't enjoy seekers. Living on pain number of people walking the going to the doctor. Neither medication doesn't seem like streets Of Seattle who seemed do I enjoy watching people much of a life to me. Walking like they were in a coma. suffer in their final days around in a state of They were in a happy coma leading up to death. I have numbness with a little but nevertheless they were in been at the bedside of many euphoria is not appealing. some kind of daze. suffering people in my However, if you are suffering Since I haver tpartaker lifetime,, I am in favor of from a painful terminal marijuana there is a lot I terminally ill people having illness then your attitude cannot say about the new sufficient pain relieving changes. It's funny how our legalized drug of choice -- drugs. Hospice is well known attitudes change about a lot well, sort of legalized, for their administration of of stuff in life when we are Colorado, Washington, pain relievers. They can give the ones hurting. Oregon, Alaska and D.C. you massive doses of opiate I know there are a lot of have their own point of view pain medicine. Thus, you are drug addicts in America. Some Of these addicts are sitting in church pews on Sundays. Their bathroom cabinets are lined with pills prescribed by medical doctors who have licenses to practice legalized drug trafficking. We need to move on and legalize medical and industrial cannabis in this country. Stories abound of people with diseases, from glaucoma to multiple sclerosis, who testify about the benefits of marijuana, Alcohol, ...... cigarettes and gambling have been a central part of this nation for a long time. Americans suffer a lot of problems from all three. Abuse of any substance or thing will eventually bring about harm to our lives -- even pizza. Pizza? Pizza is addictive. The long-term results of a life on pizza are obesity, diabetes and etc. Any kind of medical marijuana should be used at home or in a regulated area. Like alcohol, keep it away from drivers. Tax it enough to help fund the state Medicaid programs. People will fired a way to abuse it and make themselves sick. There will be health costs to .our society from abuse. Let states that are economically suffering grow and sell it for industrial and medical uses. Start some factories and make some clothes from the growth of cannabis. Start some stores and sell the clothes, textiles, paint, fuel, paper, rope and many other products that cannabis would make. This would mean jobs and cash flow. I don't plan on taking up pot smoking. I don't really plan on using morphine or oxycodone either. Most people don't because they never anticipate being in that much pain. Life changes and scenarios change. Our government and all of us should look at the entire scenario and employ common sense. Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and a uthor of"American Issues," "Ever31 American has an Opinion" and 10 other books. He is read in all 50 state& LETTERS to the EDITOR Guidelines for letters All letters must contain an address and phone number. Only one letter per week per person will be published; only one letter per person per month regarding the same topic will be published. Feather Publishing does not print third-party, anonymous or open letters. Letters must not exceed 300 words. Writers responding to previously published letters may not mention the author by name. The deadline is Friday at 3 p.m.; deadlines may change due to holidays. Letters may be submitted at any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emaUed to dmcdonald@plumasnews.com. Party above country Republican senators have put their party above the safety of our country. A letter written by the newly elected tea party senator, Tom Cotton, from Arkansas and signed by 47 Republican senators was sent to the Iranian government promising that they will negate any deal that may emerge from the international negotiations currently underway with the Obama administration. The entire party leadership in the Senate signed the letter, including presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio. In January, Tom Cotion made his intentions very clear: He said he preferred a regime change rather than any settlement by negotiations. In other words, he would rather engage the U.S. in another disastrous illegal war than have the Obama administration come to a peaceful understanding regarding Iran's dismantling of its nuclear program. The letter brings back to mind the secret deal the Reagan administration made with Iran that led to the Iran/Contra mess. When asked by reporters if his administration approached Iran regarding the hostage situation in Iran, Reagan waffled out of the question by saying it might have been the other way around. He didn't deny the deal. Of course, the whole mess was all too evident. Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville Above it all Hillary Clinton believes she is above Travel gate, Whitewater, Benghazi, and now Email gate; she is better than you and you should know it. Provided she even runs for president, your job will be to determine if you trust her to be your leader during the next world war or attack by a possible enemy of the United States. Will she be there at 3 a.m. to answer the phone (Benghazi) when that emergency arrives? All intelligent voters need to remember are her past failures and health issues. Regardless, 33 percent of low-information voters (sheep) will never find fault with Hillary. If you love Barack Obama, you will love Hillary. Her health care plan alone has already been completed. Remember Hillary care? Republicans in Congress are no better at keeping their promises to their followers. They are stalling (the remaining 19 months) any major congressional challenges to reverse the damage the current demagogue has placed upon the Un-Unite5 States. They obviously need a Republican president to succeed. The arrogance of Hillary, who once said, "I wonder if it's possible to be a Republican and a Christian at the same time." I wonder if it's possible to be Hillary and not take campaign money from foreign governments at the same time. Then she made this fateful, ironic quote, during the Whitewater scandal: "I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president." Really Hillary? Is Hillary a cross dresser? Anyone? I remember they went after Sarah Palin's clothing, too. Hillary never signed Form OF-109, when she left the State Department, so she has either kept or destroyed State Department documents. She is following in the footsteps of her lying husband, who didn't have sex with that woman. Elect John Kasich or Scott Walker for president. Trent Saxton Lake Davis A confusing world President Obama and A1 Gore agonize over manmade climate change. The president travels around the country garnering millions of dollars in Democratic campaign contributions and Al Gore makes millions on movies, lectures, etc., promoting it. Then President and Mrs. Obama fly separate airplanes across the U.S. and back to be on television entertainment shows. And A1 Gore owns several Very large mansions and flies all over the world in private jets. Carbon footprints? Pshaw. Community organizers go into poor residential districts, nursing homes and other venues of the "disenfranchised" to register Democrat voters, but cannot take a picture for photo ID. President Obama is advocating mandatory voting. If you register someone to vote but can't take a photo, how do you identify who did or didn't vote? Makes no sense. Many states use department of motor vehicles registrations for jury lists. And many states are issuing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. In Oregon getting a driver's license automatically registers you to vote. I thought only U.S. citizens could vote and serve on juries. Now who's disenfranchised? We argue about too many Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR email: dmcdonald@plumasnews.com people unnecessarily being on opponents to the nomination welfare, food stamps, of the first African-American disability, etc., essentially woman secretary of state was living offthe rest of the Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd, citizenry, a member of the Ku Klux What's the difference Klan. between them and the But a conservative who thousands of government questions the credentials of employees (IRS, Secret Loretta Lynch, another Service and many more) who African-American woman, is travel, party, don't do their a racist. Only conservatives jobs, etc., also essentially are racists? living offthe rest of us? We live in a very confusing Income redistribution and world. socialism at their best.s One Lynn Desjardin of the most outspoken Portola Contact your elected officials PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: pcbs@countyofplumas.com. Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofplumas.com PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: whitehouse.gov/contacff U.S. SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TI /TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 24-50, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710. Websi e: feinstein.senate.gov. U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 1 St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563. 112 Hart Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, IST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. www.LaMalfa.House.gov.; Faeebook.eom/RepLaMalfa; twitter: @RepLaMalfa. DISTRICT OFFICE: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965, (530) 534-7100, FAX (530) 534-7800. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. E1 Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center: 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, E1 Dorado Hills, CA 95762. (916) 933-7213, FAX (916) 933-7234; Redding Constituent Service Center: 1670 Market St., Suite 244, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 225- 3142, FAX (530) 225-3143. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, IST DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Suite 2158, Sacramento, CA 94249-00001, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 280 Hemsted Dr., Ste. # 110, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR - Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca.gov/(916) 445-284 I. FAX: (916) 558-3160.