Archives: 2004 March

The Bush “Begats”

March 27th, 2004, Comments Off on The Bush “Begats”

To the Editor, An administration should not just be judged by its employees but also through those individuals who leave in protest of its policies. This administration has provoked a series of high level retirements and resignations of Biblical proportions. The list rivals the litany of “begats” , raising the question of why persons of […]

What the Public Wants to Hear…

March 25th, 2004, Comments Off on What the Public Wants to Hear…

To the Editor, The final paragraph is most telling in terms of what the public needs to know about this White House. Critics like Clarke offer testimony as to factual occurrences while the White House hires image consultants like Rogich who understand the public’s needs, i.e., “I don’t think the American people believe that a […]

Cabbages and Kings; Texans and Tuna

March 20th, 2004, No Comments

To the Editor, Yes, it is time to talk of many things, as Lewis Carroll wrote, because it appears that pigs do indeed have wings. They are flying about the U.S. capital where pregnant women and children are drinking unacceptable levels of lead in water under the eye of informed regulators. Pigs are nesting in […]

“You’re Fired”

March 19th, 2004, No Comments

To the Editor, Your latest editorial echoes the learned helplessness of the American voter, discussed in Reid’s article about the public’s feeling of distance from government. You wrote, “How much to trust the administration in future legislative battles will be up to lawmakers.” Not quite. Executive branch contempt for Congress is nothing less than contempt […]

Medicare: The Real Deal

March 18th, 2004, No Comments

To the Editor, Debate concerning Medicare costs is a mere red herring for two crucial reasons. First, the administration considers the costs irrelevant since the intent is to empty the treasury, thereby putting an end to entitlement programs – reformed or otherwise. Secondly, health care costs, now 15% of the economy (1), are an artifact […]

Our ‘Best Minds’

March 17th, 2004, No Comments

To the Editor, Evidently, our regulatory agencies have known for two years that dangerous levels of lead were being ingested by D.C. residents from a contaminated water supply. Your article cites that EPA official, Mr. Capacasa, explained, “…the best minds were trying to make the best decisions at the time.”. Evidently, while the “best minds” […]

Poisoned town in NY courtesy of IBM

March 15th, 2004, No Comments

To the Editor, Chemical compounds are either compatible with our biochemistry or they are not. If not, a cascade of processes to effect their removal from our bodies is initiated. At best, physiologically stressful events are occurring which waste bodily resources intended for disease prevention and anti-aging efforts – all for industrial profits. At worst, […]

And to the Republic, for which it Stands…

March 14th, 2004, No Comments

To the Editor, It is certainly a shock when stories like these repeatedly remind us that our country is not a democracy where the will of the people is carried out by our elected leadership. We have instead substituted the older ideal of a Republic, a form of government in which the elected leadership discounts […]

Worker’s Illness Shines Light on Pesticide Use

March 11th, 2004, No Comments

To the Editor, In most cases, employers and landlords have no duty to warn you of the impending use of dangerous airborne pesticides. While the plight of agricultural workers exemplifies this horror, most of us are at risk from the same products – some of which have been banned from production yet are allowed to […]

Start with These Pests

March 10th, 2004, No Comments

To the Editor, All humor aside, this editorial is based upon an oxymoron – the “ethical” testing of poisons upon healthy humans solely for the purpose of maximizing profits for an industry that clings to the unsafe technologies of a profitable past. The chemicals they want to test (e.g. Dursban, Diazanon), have already been banned […]

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