The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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August 26, 2013

Readers' Forum 8-26 | Still waiting for a cancer cure

JOHNSTOWN — Twenty-seven years have passed since my daughter died of cancer, and there still is no cure in sight. Doctors continue to treat this disease with the same treatments they used on my daughter – chemotherapy, radiation and bone marrow transplants.

Every month there seems to be a fundraiser for cancer. It’s a billion-dollar business, but only 10 percent of money collected goes toward research. The rest is spent on drugs, hospitals, doctors and advertisements. Why bite the hand that feeds you?

Marlo Thomas says researchers are making strides and have been treating children for 60 years at St. Jude Children’s Hospital. They exploit these children on TV for money donations.

Jonas Salk found a cure for polio in 1955. He didn’t have the money or technology we have today and he found a cure – the last know cure for any disease.

When there was an anthrax scare in Washington, researchers found a vaccination within a couple of months and there are stockpiles to treat this immediately.

I ask my daughter’s doctor why they can’t find a cure for cancer. He told me that too much money is being wasted on too many people and hospitals doing too little research. They should pick the best hospitals and research centers and put the money there, not all over the world, and maybe there will be more cures for diseases. If no cures are found, cut the funding and see what happens. There is nothing to lose except maybe a cure for something.

Joni Phillips

Nanty Glo

Hypocrisy rending our moral fabric

On Aug. 20, we learned of a senseless killing of a 22-year-old white male jogger by three black teenagers out of boredom and the “thrill of it” in Oklahoma. Two weeks ago, three black teenagers viciously beat a white male student on a school bus. It was caught on camera. Where is the outrage?

Have we seen our president come forward as he did in the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case? Have we seen Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, Charlie Rangel, the ACLU or the NAACP come forward screaming “racial discrimination” and denouncing these tragedies? I think not.

This is just another example of the hypocrisy that is destroying the very fabric of our society and country.

Dr. J. Michael Moses

Central City

 

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