I started school in 1947 in Germany. There were no vaccinations there at the time, so I contracted most childhood diseases. Rubella, mumps, chicken pox and scarlet fever were not too bad -- measles, on the other hand, was. A high fever caused me to hallucinate for several days. The worst was whooping cough. I was unable to breathe. I just coughed and coughed until I threw up.
Any mother who refuses to have her child vaccinated obviously has no idea how traumatizing those childhood diseases can be. After 60 years, I still remember how sick I was and how awful I felt.
Same old story
Re “A new tack on illegal workers," March 27
There's nothing new about an amnesty followed by strict enforcement of immigration laws. That's how the original "one-time only" amnesty was sold to the public in 1986.
By now it should be obvious that amnesties don't discourage illegal immigration -- they roll out the welcome mat. If unemployment, border security and overpopulation were not such serious issues, it would be comical that politicians cannot comprehend this.
Let Mexico catch the gunrunners
Re “Partners in war,” Opinion, March 30
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) writes: "We must stop the flow of handguns, assault rifles and machine guns, which pass from the U.S. to Mexico at the rate of 60,000 a year."
Why is it our responsibility to inspect for contraband going into another country? We already inspect vehicles coming into this country for drugs and other commodities we don't want here.
Does Mexico try to curb the tide of illegal immigrants coming into this country?