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Letters, March 28

Oppose vaccine bill

I am a Medford-based educator. I have taught high school students and adult learners for over a decade, and I currently teach GED students at a local community college.

I am writing to urge educators and Oregon citizens to oppose HB 3063, which would mandate vaccines for all school-aged children and exclude children from day cares, preschools, public and private schools and any school-related activity if they are not up to date on every required vaccine. We should not discriminate against children because of their parents’ religious or philosophical beliefs.

In my experience, Oregon parents are smart and trustworthy. Let’s use education, not coercion, to encourage public health. Legislating medical decisions that should be made in the privacy of a doctor’s office in a one-size-fits-all fashion is undemocratic. This bill is also financially bad for our schools. We are already failing to fund schools sufficiently. If even half of the 35,000 students impacted by this legislation dis-enroll from school, there would be devastating financial impacts for schools already struggling with budgetary constraints. If you are against discrimination, are opposed to coercion and don’t want the budgets of schools to be negatively impacted, then you should oppose HB 3063.

Jasmyne Chandler

Ashland

Fear of Bernie

The fear-mongering has already started. The top 1 percent of wealthy individuals and corporations in this country are terrified that Bernie Sanders will be our next president. They want to convince the American people that democratic socialism is the boogeyman.

According to the New York Times, the richest 1 percent in the U.S.A. now own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent. Bernie says that if you work hard, we’re going to get you the dignity and security you deserve — and we’re going to fight the millionaires and billionaires standing in the way. The U.S.A. is the only industrial country in the world that doesn’t provide universal health coverage!

Bernie supports a $15 minimum wage, Medicare for All, tuition-free higher education, the Green New Deal (moving onto solar and wind energy to combat global climate change), a jobs guarantee, and making the millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share of taxes. Most Americans would benefit from these measures.

It’s time to elect a president who stands up for “the little guy,” for the 99 percent of Americans who struggle. That man is Bernie Sanders. Please vote for Bernie. I certainly will.

Debra Wilson, RN, LCSW

Ashland

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