Medical skeptic says follow the money

In the July 23 banner article, "Latinos have edge in whooping cough war," writer Tracy Seipel notes that college-educated white people have a lower rate of compliance with childhood vaccination recommendations than Latinos or Asians.

Why do you suppose this is true? Could it be that my demographic has had more exposure to the modern medical industry, with its culture of over-treating those who have good insurance?

Count me in as a medical skeptic. There are too many instances in which medical dogma has been proven wrong. Consider excessive use of antibiotics, radical mastectomy for DCIS, and telling parents that babies should sleep facedown -- until discovering that the practice increased Sudden Infant Death rates.

The current laundry list of childhood vaccinations numbers in the dozens, from birth to college. Intuitively, it seems excessive. Follow the money to the Big Pharma corporations.

I vaccinated my kids by the 1990s schedule. But after watching how my autistic son deteriorated and had gut issues after the MMR vaccinations, if I had it to do over again, I'd opt out.

Amelia S. Marshall

Oakland

It's time to establish nation of Palestine

This violence in Gaza and Israel must stop. Shame on Israel. Shame on Hamas. Stop wasting so much money, energy and time on death and destruction. Rather, examine the root causes of all this suffering and anger and address the real issues of justice.


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Jewish people and Israel must be acknowledged and allowed to exist. Palestinians and Palestine must be acknowledged and allowed to exist. Israel is the only country in the world without borders. How can this be? Palestine is an unrecognized yet ancient place of people.

Palestine needs to be an official nation. Let's put our time, energy and money into establishing the nation of Palestine. The boundaries were established in 1947 with the Green Line. Let's honor that and have two independent states, Palestine and Israel.

One group of people cannot continue to exist under the domination of another. Occupation is not meant to last for generations. The sooner we address the underlying issue of statehood for Palestine, the sooner we can have peace.

Jean Gregory

Oakland

Must stop believing Israel propaganda

I grew up believing the propaganda I was taught about Israel -- that it was an unusually moral, victimized underdog forever defending itself against Arab enemies.

We are hearing the same propaganda still today. The truth, then as now, is that Israel has huge international funding, sophisticated propaganda capabilities and superior military firepower which it uses to carry out its agenda of denying Arabs full human rights, taking more and more land from indigenous Palestinians and forcing them to submit, leave or die.

As a psychiatrist, I have interviewed torture and PTSD victims in the West Bank and can tell you Israel is a democracy for Jews alone.

I am not anti-Semitic. I prize no ethnic group more than the Jews. I have learned, however, that the current lopsided killing of innocent Palestinian civilians is just one heartbreaking massacre among many.

Read Wikipedia's the "Dahiya Doctrine." Hamas' homemade "rockets," blamed for the current rampage, have killed 31 Israelis in 20 years. Israel is killing that many Palestinians in a single day.

Jon Peterson

Albany

Need to put an end to Hamas indoctrination

In 2007, a majority of Palestinians in Gaza, in an internationally monitored election, decided to be ruled by a Hamas government. Since then Israel has been under incessant, with minor interruptions, Hamas bombing.

Israel has enough power to obliterate Hamas once and for all, but the Jewish state's concerns for the civilians overrides this full-force military option.

Now let's turn the table around and assume that Hamas acquired Israel's military prowess. Then ask those who insist on moral equivalence between Israel and Hamas: How much consideration would Hamas give to civilian lives while fulfilling its goal of eradicating Israel, stated in Article 7 of its Charter?

This is not a rhetorical question. It goes to the core of the current conflict and propaganda/indoctrination spread by Hamas' willing and unwilling apologists.

Vladimir Kaplan

San Mateo