Letters to the Editor

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VACCINES: ‘Anti-vaxxers’ care deeply about health

I guess you would call me an “anti-vaxxer.” This is a pretty broad term, apparently applying to anyone who dares to question a substance prior to it being injected into their child’s body.

Anti-vaxxers have been accused of being ignorant, selfish, paranoid and anti-government, to name a few. We are portrayed by your own recent news article as hippies, stoners, anti-establishment, weird and stupid.

This anti-vaxxer has a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University. We eat real food, including pastured meats and eggs, organic fruits/veggies and very few processed foods. We take a proactive, preventive approach to our health, using essential oils, fermented foods, raw

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EBOLA: Restrict travel from stricken regions

The Centers for Disease Control says that the health care worker newly diagnosed with Ebola should not have been on the flight to Cleveland. Everyone on the plane she was on now needs to contact the CDC.

How we can allow people into this country who have recently traveled to areas where Ebola is killing thousand of people, yet the CDC says this is OK? What is the difference between these two situations? Do they actually think that taking their temperature and asking a few questions at the airport is enough to keep this disease from spreading in this country?

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SUICIDE: Those are people behind the statistics

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that the suicide rate among middle-aged Americans climbed 28 percent between 1999 and 2010 (TNT, 5-3).

Having lost my brother three years ago, it is important to remember that these numbers represent real people and real families. When I lost my brother I wasn’t thinking about statistics. Instead, I was overwhelmed by a thousand questions, many of which began with “Why?”

When I became a volunteer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, I learned that 90 percent of people who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness, often undiagnosed depression,

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FOOD: Industry, regulators should ensure meat safety

Re: “Study: Chicken, ground beef are riskiest meats” (thenewstribune.com, 4-23).

The Associated Press piece on “riskiest meats” brings up vital issues surrounding food production in the U.S., but overemphasizes “defensive eating.” This approach unfairly obligates consumers to personally ensure the safety of products that have already passed industry and government standards.

Individuals should always take precautions when handling raw meat, however, they should be able to have confidence in animal products approved and regulated by the FDA and USDA.

With the Centers for Disease Control estimating that one in six Americans contracts a foodborne illness annually, it’s imprudent to

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HELMETS: Study’s clear that helmets save lives

A letter writer (TNT, 2-26) took issue with a Centers for Disease Control study on motorcycle helmets.

Page 2 of the study reports that 42 percent of motorcyclists killed in crashes were not wearing a helmet (which means 58 percent were wearing a helmet).

What is far more important is the next sentence, summarized here: In states where helmets are required, 12 percent of the fatally injured motorcyclists were not wearing a helmet; in states where helmets are not required, 79 percent of the fatally injured motorcyclists were not wearing a helmet.

Helmets save lives.


HELMETS: Preventing brain damage is cost-effective

Re: “Study has several problems” (letter, 2-26).

The writer says that a Centers for Disease Control study fails to explain where any savings is gained by requiring motorcycle riders to wear helmets.

Let me explain it. If you fall off your motorcycle and die, from any cause, it is relatively inexpensive for society. If you fall off and survive with injuries other than brain damage, it is a bit more expensive for society. But if you fall off and scramble your brains and live, it is extremely expensive to maintain you for the rest of your life.

That is

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HELMETS: CDC study contains several problems

There are numerous problems with the Centers for Disease Control study cited in in your helmet law editorial (TNT, 2-5).

On page six of the study is a section that reads: “People who do not wear helmets are more likely to be killed in a crash . . . 41 percent of motorcycle operators and 51 percent of motorcycle passengers who died in 2008 were not wearing a helmet.”

Not to state the obvious, but that would mean that 59 percent of motorcycle operators and 49 percent of motorcycle passengers who died in 2008 were wearing a helmet. It

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HELMETS: TNT has tired, kneejerk reaction

Re: “Ride without a helmet? Not at public’s expense” (editorial, 2-5).

I see The News Tribune reacts in a predictable fashion with helmet laws. The 99 percent – car drivers – wish to force the 1 percent – motorcycle riders – to wear helmets. To do this, the societal/taxpayer cost argument is dragged out once again.

The Centers for Disease Control lists the No. 1 cause of head injury and traumatic brain injury as car accidents, including passengers and pedestrians. This makes sense as cars are the 99 percent. Can you imagine the cost reduction in head injuries if

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