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Introducing a great program for getting roll bars put on tractors

To The Daily Sun,

Recently I've noticed a lot of tractors around the Lakes Region that do not have roll bars. Tractors are the leading cause of death on farms, primarily from side and rear overturns. Farmers in the Northeast have the highest rates of overturn deaths, and a roll bar and seat belt are 99 percent effective in preventing these deaths or serious injury. We had a friend who was killed in a tractor rollover several years ago, and he was a very experienced tractor operator.

We just benefited from a program that helps pay for the installation of roll bars on tractors, called the Multi-State ROPS Rebate Program. Tractor owners from New Hampshire can apply for the rebate, and you do not have to be operating a commercial farm to be eligible.

For more information visit or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also call 1-877-767-7748. It is a very simple application process.

If you have friends who have tractors, please let them know about this great program. It truly can be a lifesaver.

Karen Barker


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We can have this debate because we were both likely vaccinated

To The Daily Sun,

I hesitate to dip a toe into this ever-recurring vaccination debate but the letter of June 3 got me going.

The claim that "the Amish don't get autism" is linked to a second claim that the reason is "the Amish don't vaccinate." Both claims are untrue.

The only scientific paper I readily found on the incidence of autism in the Amish population was from a paper presented at INSAR, a research forum for autism. It concluded based on a validly done study, not anecdotal conversations, that the incidence of autism in a population of Amish was 1 in 271, definitely lower than the rate of 1 in 91 cited for the general U.S. However, it is not zero or anything like zero.

Also, the Amish have unusually high rates of multiple forms of cancer as well as many genetic diseases, likely due to their very narrow genetic background. Basically, many of them are descended from a very small number of ancestors and they marry people they are related to.

The second assertion in the writer's letter was that the Amish don't vaccinate their children and this must be the reason for their improved health. In fact the Amish do vaccinate. Their rates are lower than the rest of the U.S. It has been found that 85 percent of the Amish have vaccinated at least some of their children and 68 percent had given all of their children at least some vaccinations. By the way, there was a serious measles outbreak among the Amish in 2014 due to the failure to vaccinate.

In conclusion I would point out that the reason the writer and I can have this debate is that likely he and I were vaccinated as children and did not die of one of the terrible childhood diseases that formerly ran rampant ... measles, whooping cough, smallpox, polio, tetanus, and so forth. Haven't we all read the accounts of families in this area in the 1800s where of the 10 children born, half or more died of childhood illness?

Enough with the let's go back to the good old days!

John M. Grobman M.D.


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