Why can we fund wars but not the battle against cancer?
September 14, 2008
To the Editor:
It has been an interesting couple of weeks. We watched two political conventions and heard a lot of what we’ve heard before. We heard some new ideas, then we heard some more of the same.
We heard about moving into the future now and then we heard “Drill, baby, drill.” As I recall that was the future in 1908.
Then the following night we watched Standup2cancer. Some 500,000 deaths a year in America – USA-USA -USA … Here in America we build B-2 bombers at a billion bucks a piece, we spend billions on the next generation of nuclear weapons, and we protect ourselves from IRAQ?
When will we fight the War on Cancer? When will we join the world in fighting the real War on Terror? While we squander billions on bombers that have no credible use and amass an ever larger stock of weapons of mass destruction an American dies of cancer every minute. And the budget for cancer research in America – going down steadily.
We heard: “The world is a dangerous place!” Am I afraid of Iraq? Do we care about a half a million cancer deaths? Why are they standing on television begging for research millions while we squander billions on weapons of mass destruction? Am I wondering about the priorities of the greatest nation on earth? You bet. My choice in the voting booth will be easy ” I certainly hope they will get the opportunity to do what they say and then do it.