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May. 12, 2013 @ 10:25 PM

Where is funding for war on cancer?

In the past three years I have lost a daughter and a daughter-in-law to cancer, lymphoma and pancreatic cancer, respectively. Shortly before that, I lost a dear friend to carcinoma cancer. Now, a lifelong friend is under hospice care from breast cancer. Her mother died of cancer. My mother died of cancer,.

My experience illustrates the problem researchers have in dealing with this disease of many diverse forms. There has been more progress in some areas than in others -- but not nearly enough. There is needed a dedicated research project.

I have to question whether enough has been and is being done to meet the devastating assault from this disease. There were 2,996 deaths attributed to 9/ll terrorists attacks. The response so far in Iraq and Afghanistan has cost over $5 trillion and incalculable costs in human lives and added suffering. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provided the figure of 574,743 cancer deaths of the 1,529,560 diagnosed just in the year 2010. It is difficult to find information about amounts of government spending for cancer-related research. It is claimed to have a high priority. I believe we can be sure it is nowhere near the $5 trillion spent on war.

With cancer a close second to heart disease as a leading cause of death, we still have a long way to go. Too often we speak of how courageously our loved ones are dealing with this cruel killer when they should not need to do so. They should be living productive lives or enjoying retirement years. Our federal government should protect us and declare war against this enemy of the people. It should provide for the research to develop the weapons for defense and obliteration of cancer.

Doris Johnson


Voters will take note of Manchin's stand

I did not support Joe Manchin in his bid to become a U.S. senator from West Virginia. But as a citizen of West Virginia, I am very disappointed with his performance as a U.S. senator.

Mr. Manchin in his oath of office pledged to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. I believe he has violated his oath as well as his words to the people of the great State of West Virginia.

My case in point, at this writing, is the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which reads as follows:

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

What part of the statement "shall not be infringed" is so hard to understand.

If I remember correctly, Mr. Manchin pledged to the people of West Virginia that he would protect this right "to keep and bear arms." He now is aligning himself with President Obama's administration to chip away at our constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

My next question: Does Mr. Manchin desire to move up the ranks of the Senate leadership and to please President Obama? Has he forgotten his words and lost his honor while representing the people of the great State of West Virginia? He now represents the politicians of Washington and not the people of West Virginia.

Senator Manchin, you are placed on notice that I and many of the lovers of the Constitution will remember your stand and hopefully remove you from office the next time you are seeking re-election.

Garry P. Adkins




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