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Gender: Male
Hometown: Frankfurt am Main
Home country: Germany
Current location: Tacoma, Washington
Member since: Sat Jul 18, 2009, 11:55 AM
Number of posts: 22,593

About Me

Ran for US Congress in 1990 from the left. Chairperson of 1989 city advisory initiative calling for 10% reduction in military spending to be divided among deficit reduction and mass transit and social services. Being a miliary town nobody thought we'd get on the balllot let alone win with 64% of the vote. Former chair of peace and justice project for a UMC congregation in Tacoma, Washington.

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40 years ago today I was sworn in as a US Citizen

My mom met my dad in Germany, he wound up being sent to Vietnam and was shot and died returning home. It took my mom and I a few years to get everything together to come to Tacoma where my dad owned a house. Then as a teenager after taking the citizenship class in the evening at our local high school, I was confident enough to take the test.

I was sworn in 40 years ago today and I remember my mom telling me I had an obligation to always know what was going on in this country and I also remember the Federal Judge who swore us in told us, that we had a responsibility to serve our community in any way could.

It seems to me so many times when I listen to Republicans campaigning and pontificating, that those ideals are lost upon them. What a tragedy for them and for our nation!

A shot in the arm is worth....

frankly, a life!

I just wanted to share my perspective on immunology/vaccination: I was born in a German hospital in 1957 when the nation was still recovering from World War II. Not all hospitals were totally sanitary. As a result I got the measles and I was one of those one out of a thousand in which the measles wound up being encephalitis. I spent the first six months of my life in a hospital. I have struggled all my life as a result of this. My vision is poor and I don't have good equilibrium. In addition the encephalitis which was a result of the measles the disease damaged my nervous system slightly. I would up being hyper and in the days before an adhd diagnosis, this was not well received in the German Catholic system of which I was a part of. Even into adulthood, I still have problems. Now I know of ways and mechanisms to cope with it, also my hyper activity as I get older has started to finally work to my advantage. But the result of not having a vaccine (it wasn't available yet) has wreaked havoc upon my life.

Also, my mother had polio as a child. I remember growing up many times watching her limp, looking at the deformed foot that she had and living with her in her compromised state. She just was not a well person and died when I was 16 years old at the age of 40.

I also had the chicken pox at 23 years of age and felt like I was gonna die. End result folks:

VACCINATE YOUR KIDS!!! It takes so little effort, but to not vaccinate your child, can change yours, and your child's life in a heart beat. To me take it from personal experience...do it!
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