Archives: 2003 October

New Car Stench, pardon me, Aroma

October 26th, 2003, No Comments

To the Editor, Shame on you NYTimes for your “throw away line” in your 10/25/03 article, “New Luxury-Car Specifications: Styling. Performance. Aroma“. The author devoted one line to noting that the “…new-car smell’s mystique…” is actually rooted in fumes emanating from sources in the car’s construction, “… that studies have shown can be toxic.”. This […]

Citizens or Corporate Employees? The Medicare Drug Benefit Debates

October 24th, 2003, No Comments

To the Editor, The Medicare bill provisions, requiring it to compete with private health care policies while still offering advantages to those insurers, is another signs that we are no longer regarded as citizens of a great nation We are now employees of a large corporation, the strangest ever to grace a boardroom. This corporation […]

Costs of Health Care Insurance

October 22nd, 2003, No Comments

To the Editor, So called “health care economists” called generous health care policies a “…perverse incentive to indulge in wasteful consumption of expensive drugs and diagnostic tests.” Wasteful to whom? Perhaps industry should be reminded of all the worker’s compensation cases arising from unsafe working conditions leading to employee illness. The Social Security Administration tells […]

Contaminated Foods

October 16th, 2003, No Comments

To the Editor, Ms. Slater, who wrote a letter about the futility of leaving the meat industry to police itself with regard to contamination (10/16), is certainly correct. This “fox guarding the henhouse” protocol is certainly illogical and rife with conflicts of interest now known to be typical of the current administration. However, if I […]

Don’t Stop at Secondhand Smoke”

October 15th, 2003, No Comments

To the Editor, Your article, “The Secondhand Smoking Gun” (10/15/03), mirrors the dangers of foisted upon us daily at work and at home. Yet the use of full strength poisons, wafting about us in smaller concentrations from cigarette smoke, still runs rampant in our environment. Daily exposure to secondhand smoke is described as a trigger […]

Medicare Eligibility for the Disabled

October 14th, 2003, No Comments

To the Editor, Your editorial of 10/14/03 on a Social Security Disability case omitted another prominent “Catch 22” in SSD protocols. One must be disabled for a full two years before receiving Medicare. This means that shortly after one becomes so seriously ill that working becomes impossible by SSD standards, one still must find the […]

Don’t Wait for Cancer!

October 13th, 2003, 1 Comment

To the Editor, There is a flaw in the issues brought before the courts by victims of cancer due to industrial contaminants. Mr. Menn’s article, (“Case Targets High-Tech Manufacturing“, 10/13/03), flirts with this truth, quoting two litigants who suffered signs of neurological damage (e.g. vision disturbances, headaches, blackouts) while still employed at IBM. They were […]

Chemical Safety and Testing

October 12th, 2003, No Comments

To the Editor, The cessation of clinical trials once the green light was given to market this experimental breast cancer drug, highlights the basic dangers of our marketing system. Once an inadequately tested drug or chemical is marketed, all claims of damage will be ignored by the EPA and FDA as regulators fear becoming co-defendants […]

Halting Clinical Trials in Drug Marketing

October 12th, 2003, No Comments

To the Editor, The cessation of clinical trials, once the green light was given to market this experimental breast cancer drug, highlights the basic dangers of our marketing system. Once an inadequately tested drug or chemical is marketed, all claims of damage will be ignored by the EPA and FDA as regulators fear becoming co-defendants […]

Limiting Pesticide Applications to “Professionals”?

October 12th, 2003, No Comments

To the Editor, The Sun’s article of 10/12/03 (City eyes weed, bug-killer curbs – Only professional use if bylaw flies by R. Romanluk) discusses placing restrictions of the uses of pesticides by lay persons, leaving them to the “professionals”. While limiting the opportunities for people to be harmed by these poisons is laudable, there are […]

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