Camden Herald Letters to the Editor Feb. 27

Feb 27, 2020

Why I’m voting NO on 1

As someone who is a proponent for smaller government, personal choice and less intrusion, my decision to vote NO on Question 1 on the 3rd of March may seem like a contradiction.

We all have our unique reasons for our opinions and beliefs. On this matter, my reason for opposing the repeal effort is steeped in the memories of a childhood growing up with my disabled older sister Karen, who contracted infantile paralysis, (polio), when she was 17 months old. Within a year of her diagnosis, the long-researched polio vaccine was released for use in the general population.

Although she survived for more than 50 years after contracting polio, Karen never walked. Her earliest years were filled with iron lungs, rocking beds and fruitless spinal surgeries. She was required to use a wheelchair for mobility the rest of her life until the onset of post-polio syndrome several years prior to her passing, which diminished her quality of life even more significantly than the original poliomyelitis.

Parents make decisions every day about the health and safety of their children. I do not envy the struggle young families have in these times as they do their best to do what they believe is right.

Regardless of your vote and the outcome of the campaign on the 3rd of March, parents will still have a choice. My hope is that everyone recognizes that no choice, action or inaction, comes without consequences.

I will Vote NO on Question 1.

Revive Civility!

Gordon Page

Owls Head

Susan the Scoundrel strikes again

Susan Collins continues to let down Maine and let down the country. Her image as a moderate, which she has taken great pains to burnish, has been tarnished by her votes on critical issues and her continuing support of Donald Trump.

She drove this home this week with her vote in the sham impeachment trial. Her vote to clear Donald Trump flies in the face of what she said of him in 2016, and in the face of our belief that no one should be above the law. At that time she stated:

"I will not be voting for Donald Trump for president," she wrote in the Washington Post, "This is not a decision I make lightly, for I am a lifelong Republican. But Donald Trump does not reflect historical Republican values nor the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing the divisions in our country."

Where are those values today, I ask? After putting on her usual dog-and-pony show of being a moderate and voting to have witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial, she voted to aquit the president while saying what he did was wrong. If a public official and especially a president abuses his/her office, should there not be any consequences, Senator Collins? Most of us believe there should be.

She has voted over and over again in favor of Trump's agenda and has been largely silent on his bad behavior. His agenda has greatly advantaged the wealthy and large corporations at the expense of the average taxpayer.

The promises made abbout economic growth, the return of factory jobs and the repatriation of capital from abroad have to a large extent not been fulfilled, yet the future generations will bear the costs, which mount every moment.

It is high time to say "Bye, bye, Susan!"

Nate Marvin


Vote No on 1; Big Pharma is not the issue

I’m disappointed that the well-meaning “Vote Yes on 1” folks made “Reject Big Pharma” their main argument. I don’t think that vetoing the state law already passed to protect all Maine children from unvaccinated schoolmates will reduce the power of the pharmaceutical industry even a little bit.

I also resent the implication that Big Pharma is somehow influencing my vote on Proposition 1. I did my homework and what I found was an anti-vaccination movement largely built on misunderstandings about medical science and the relationship of personal freedom and community. Please check it out yourself and you too may vote No on 1 to keep our schools safe.

Let’s also try to figure out why the prescription drug pricing reform supposedly supported by the President and both major political parties has still not become federal regulation. That’s how to put a real check on the monopoly powers of Big Pharma, and it deserves a lot of citizen discussion before November.

Ben Ellison


Vote No on Question 1

I am a physician currently practicing Psychiatry. Previously I completed a Master’s in Public Health degree and worked at the California Department of Public Health, developing tests to study outbreaks of infectious diseases. I am also a member of the Maine Medical Association board of directors, a statewide professional organization of physicians, residents, and medical students whose mission includes promoting the health of all Maine citizens.

I’m writing to encourage you to vote No on Question 1 to protect Maine children on March 3rd. Medical and scientific evidence proves that vaccines are safe and effective. They protect all Mainers, including vulnerable children and adults who cannot be immunized for medical reasons. The use of vaccines is one of the most effective tools in promoting public health. We cannot afford to lose the protections of community-immunity provided by basic vaccines, thereby risking the re-emergence and outbreaks of diseases such as measles.

On a personal note I have seen the unintended consequences when community immunity diminishes. Just prior to turning one, and receiving her chicken pox vaccine, my daughter contracted the disease which complicated her recovery from abdominal surgery.

A No vote on 1 does not take away a parent’s right to choose whether or not to vaccinate their child. But it is a vote to make our schools safer for all Maine’s children, particularly those who are medically unable to be vaccinated. Measles can be fatal for those immunocompromised. Individual choice should not put our most vulnerable at risk. I hope you’ll join me in learning more about the No on 1 Campaign to Protect Maine’s Children at

Patrick Killoran MD, MPH



On Question 1

When you lose the right to choose what is injected into your body or your children, it's well and truly over.

Drew Darling


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Comments (2)
Posted by: SUZANNE WILLIAMS | Feb 29, 2020 12:10

Do antii-vaccers vaccinate their pets?

Posted by: Sarah G Ridgway | Feb 28, 2020 14:41

Drew Darling, isn't it true that you can still choose? But your choice has consequences, if it is to refuse to vaccinate your children. Schools and other facilities or organizations where there will be a lot of children present, especially potentially medically fragile kids for whom the common communicable diseases would have devastating effects, can also make a choice, and that is to deny entry to unvaccinated or non-immune people. So if your family decides to go vaccine-free, you can home-school. You can also be diligent about isolating any of your children should they come down with chicken-pox or measles. Because your right to control your own medical choices does not override the right of another child who might die from either the vaccine or contracting the illness to have life at all.

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