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Re: “Kids Today

Quoting: "when young people come to work, they’re there to make money so they can go off and live their real life.” With due respect, that viewpoint describes most people regardless of age. Work shouldn't define you, I dare say, even if you own your own business. It doesn't mean you're not a hard worker or that you don't love your work. It just means work is not our reason for existing.

Posted by AJ on 10/06/2011 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Chickenpox, anyone?

Sorry Jonathan and Rose, but I dwell in a world of evidence, not conspiracy and fear.

Posted by AJ on 10/06/2011 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Chickenpox, anyone?

I have two kids, thank you for asking. Perhaps you're confusing me with another AJ because I wasn't aware I was prolific enough to have a reputation preceding me.

IMHO, Carrie's "inflammatory language" is tame considering that people are needlessly putting members of the greater community at risk. Do you take issue with anything she said -- on a factual basis? Did she say anything that is not factually true?

Posted by AJ on 10/04/2011 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Chickenpox, anyone?

The agenda is to vastly reduce the prevalence of disease around the globe, a goal that has been accomplished wherever vaccines are deployed. You might wonder why researchers bothered to develop a vaccine for chickenpox, but the Journal and commenters have already covered that topic. As a T-S commenter noted, people think of chickenpox as a normal, harmless childhood disease. So, those same people presumably view shingles as normal, and the debilitating long-term pain that sometimes accompanies shingles.

The scary thing is that outbreaks of preventable disease are often at schools, and threats are often posed to pregnant women... and if you've spent any time at a school at drop-off or pick-up time, you know there's a higher-than-normal percentage of unborn children exposed to the school environment.

The Journal would do well to publish the percentage of unvaccinated students at area schools (assuming that data is available). It's good information to have, especially for families not done having children. It's a health safety issue affecting the entire community.

Posted by AJ on 10/04/2011 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Chickenpox, anyone?

I'm sorry Jonathan, but if you're bothered by my tone, we should stop here. I hope you will talk to your pediatrician about your doubts regarding vaccinations.

Posted by AJ on 10/04/2011 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Chickenpox, anyone?

Yes Jonathan, I agree that you fit the profile I described of a person who is afraid of vaccines.

Posted by AJ on 10/04/2011 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Chickenpox, anyone?

Sorry Rose, but the evidence is on the side of vaccination. If you have evidence that something weird is going on in Trinidad causing a deviation from the norm, making vaccinations not the safest option, I'd love to know more about it.

As to whether the parents are irresponsible, I suppose it comes down to how you define irresponsibility. It could be simple ignorance of the facts. I suspect it usually is exactly that. Fear of government. Fear of science. Fear of the unknown. There is a cure for that. It's called education.

Posted by AJ on 10/04/2011 at 7:43 AM

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