Archives: 2004

Legislating Knowledge

July 6th, 2004, No Comments

To the Editor, This article is not about scrutinizing poisons. It is about the public’s right to know about our bodies, the products and services we pay for and our changing environment. No alterations regarding the manufacture or sale of chemicals are being posited here, only the assessment and monitoring of “…scores of everyday trace […]

Implications of Government Sponsored Mental Health Screenings: Some Important Questions

June 29th, 2004, No Comments

To the Editor, The U.S. government is obsessed with mental illness as an explanation for society’s ills. The GAO, an investigative arm of the U.S. government, recently admonished the administration for solely focussing upon “stress” related issues in their research into Gulf War Syndrome. Ignoring irrefutable evidence of systemic damage from exposures to multiple toxicants, […]

The Betrayal of Capitalism

June 22nd, 2004, Comments Off on The Betrayal of Capitalism

by Barbara Rubin Americans are a funny group. Our arrival on these shores, originally rooted in the search for religious freedom, led to concepts of an entrepreneurial culture in which social strata were based upon success rather than birthright. However, our industrial orientation has evolved to the point where it can no longer be correctly […]

Gulf War Syndrome is Prevalent within Civilians!

June 9th, 2004, No Comments

Dear Mr. Paine, Thank you for your coverage of the GAO report which confirmed that our vets were subjected to widespread exposures to various concentrations of toxic chemical contaminants. Your interview did not mention the second accusation by the GAO in addressing the neglect of our sick troops. They noted that the government was completely […]

Re: Dear Molly Column: Where are your priorities?

June 9th, 2004, No Comments

To the Editor, Your “Dear Molly” column offered some unfortunate advice, primarily based upon a lack of pertinent facts offered by a woman (“Disgusted”), who was offended by a congregant who wore a “gas mask” to her own adult Bat Mitzvah. As someone who must wear a respirator mask in order to attend communal worship […]

The Ministry of Information

May 22nd, 2004, Comments Off on The Ministry of Information

To the Editor, The American people are susceptible to the hype of campaign promises unlikely to be kept and the “spin” doctors who try to limit embarrassment on the part of officials caught in their insincerities pre and post election. We tend to believe what appears in news soundbytes and is offered to us by […]

Rumsfeld is working too hard!

May 22nd, 2004, No Comments

To the Editor, I think your paper and Congress owes Mr. Rumsfeld an apology for increasing his workload with demands for explanations of wartime theater operations. After all, the burden of accountability was to be circumvented through such legislative achievements as the “Patriot Act”. Here, Congress exemplified patriotism by granting this administration complete autonomy in […]

Restoring the Force of Constitutional Law

May 22nd, 2004, Comments Off on Restoring the Force of Constitutional Law

To the Editor, The story of U.S. war crimes being reported in Cuba, Afghanistan and Iraq were handily summarized in these closing editorial statements; “The only solution is for Mr. Bush to formally forswear the abusive practices his administration has adopted. If he will not, Congress must prohibit their use.” We must all take responsibility […]

Following the Prevailing Winds

May 22nd, 2004, Comments Off on Following the Prevailing Winds

To the Editor: With all due respects to Ms. Applebaum, it is entirely possible to predict what will happen when people are faced with choices between “good and evil”. The majority go with the prevailing winds of pressure to either side of that coin, regardless of educational level and economic status. The Milgrim studies of […]

Journalism and Pesticides

May 22nd, 2004, Comments Off on Journalism and Pesticides

To the Editor, The stunningly bizarre factor at work in the pesticide “debate” is that journalists apparently cannot be bothered to read medical journals. These explicitly state the toxicological effects of pesticides. Neither do they read the MSDS sheets (Material Safety Data Sheets), which delineate the manufacturer’s admission that multisystemic, adverse effects can be experienced […]

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