Childhood vaccinations—and those who oppose them—have been back in the news following a measles outbreak in the Northwest and cases in other parts of the country, including Arkansas and Texas.
All states allow vaccination exemptions based on valid medical concerns. But both Texas and Arkansas are among states that allow parents to opt-out of vaccinating their children for religious or "philosophical" reasons.
Critics say such exemptions are a danger to the public health and say they should be repealed.
We want to know what you think. Should religious and/or philosophical exemptions be eliminated? Or should states allow parents to opt-out of vaccinating their children on those grounds?
Send your response (50 words maximum) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, March 20. You can also mail your response to the Texarkana Gazette Friday Poll, at P.O. Box 621, Texarkana, TX 75504 or drop it off at our office, 101 E. Broad St., Texarkana, Ark. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number. We will print as many responses as we can in next Friday's paper.
Last Week: Star's Meaning?
Last week's question was about changing the star on the Arkansas flag from honoring the Confederacy to honoring the Native American tribes that once lived here. Should the meaning of the lone star in the Arkansas flag be changed? Or are you opposed to the idea?
Totally and unequivocally opposed to any change in Arkansas flag. Am supremely proud of my Confederate ancestors. They should be honored for their devotion to home, family and country. No more revisionism and rewriting of history.—J.S., Doddridge, Ark.
I would support the legal change to honor the Native Americans of Arkansas—J.W.W., Texarkana, Ark.
No, the state of Arkansas should not change anything on their Flag. One reason is: Very few people know what the blue star represents. I know I didn't. Its one of those things that certain people want to complain about. Most of us are tired of all the movements.—B.J., Texarkana, Texas
Forcing any race into physical slavery is evil. Worse, are modern masters enslaving the minds/souls of the nave, not to be used to assure past evils never arise again, but to destroy any historical, and present influence that hinders their efforts to transform America into their corrupt "progressive" vision. A star, statues now, the U.S. flag to come.—D.H.M., Texarkana, Ark.
Keep the star in the flag which represents the Confederacy. Arkansas and the Confederate government were defending the original concept in the formation of these United States. This was to be a federal republic, not a consolidated democracy.—H.W., Texarkana, Texas