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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

More on Baybeesgate
I have already called for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation of the ”Baybeesgate” pediatric rape case (Blog, 1/10/10).  Today’s Grand Jury indictment of Dr. Earl B. Bradley (“…471 counts of rape and abuse,” The News Journal) makes this request all the more urgent; particularly when it appears that a few intimidated victims (including Latinos) are not coming forward to tell their stories, some are revising their earlier comments, and others have given up on a system that failed them when the story was uncovered over ten years ago.  For Delawareans, this is a clear example of:  Justice delayed is justice denied. 2/23/10
11:44 am est 

Friday, February 19, 2010

"Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way"
While I did not participate in your recent poll (NYT, 2/12/10), I strongly agree with the majority responding “not favorable” to its “opinion of the Republican Party.”  Indeed, I have noticed a rightist campaign, fueled by a tint of prejudice, to distort, disengage and destroy when it comes to issues supported by the President of the United States.  Consistent with Thomas Paine’s dictum: “Lead follow or get out of the way,” it would be very helpful to see a mass resignation of those who would rather not move forward, or even participate in the discussion, for the benefit of our great country.  To regain favor, Republicans need to reverse the prevailing public perception of their bullying, mediocrity, disingenuousness and negativity.  Better yet, Congress, in general, could use more open minded individuals, divested of party affiliations, whose sole concern is the welfare of the American people!  2/12/10
10:48 pm est 

Friday, February 5, 2010

Radiation Pellets Procedure

Thank you for perhaps the first in-depth look at the disaster that is the Brachytherapy procedure (NYT, Sunday, 6/21/09).  My brother Sgt. Clarence E. Lewis, an army veteran, underwent such a procedure over ten years ago in a V.A. hospital in Texas.  He has since been riddled with pain and incapable of using the bathroom.  He ended up disabled with a colostomy, and diapers.  One doctor called the aftermath a nuclear disaster.  He now lives in Old Soldiers Home, Washington, DC.

I wrote in the 1990's about his experience in our local News Journal newspapers (Wilmington, DE) and was attacked by local hospital doctors and a newspaper editor, who had successfully undergone the procedure, for “misinforming the community and raising fear.”  Should you do a follow-up story on this most challenging prostate cancer approach, please do not forget my brother who has not even received an apology for this terrible mistake.  Who knows how many other veterans have been used as a guinea pig! 6/21/09

12:45 pm est 

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