published Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

'Pancreatic cancer legislation gives hope' and more letters to the editor

Pancreatic cancer legislation gives hope

Pancreatic cancer remains one of the deadliest cancers with a five-year survival rate of just 6 percent and no early detection tools or effective treatments.

Thanks to the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act, a new law enacted in January, there is hope for those touched by this disease. I would like to thank Sen. Bob Corker, Sen. Lamar Alexander and Rep. Chuck Fleischmann for supporting this historic legislation, which requires the National Cancer Institute to evaluate its current efforts in researching pancreatic cancer and focus on ways to improve outcomes for patients.

Due to sequestration, however, federal funding for medical and cancer research has been cut, and the progress we have made is being threatened. Without adequate NCI funding, it will be difficult to leverage the opportunities that develop as a result of the passage of the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act.

On June 18 thousands of advocates across the country joined for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's (www.pancan.org) National Call-in to Congress to urge them to save medical research that saves lives. This disease has had a devastating impact on my life, but with Congress' help, we will be able to develop the tools and treatments so desperately needed to give hope to future generations.

EDITH A. SNIDER

Father of the year goes to Orlando Shaw

I nominate Orlando Shaw of Nashville as 2013 father of the year. It was reported that Shaw is only 33 years old and already has produced 22 kids with 14 women, and he's not through. He most likely was working on number 23 last night somewhere in Tennessee. Yes, he's one of our own and we support his proclivity at the tune of over $7,000 each month in entitlements.

Orlando pays no child support. He says he can't find a job because he's a convicted felon and refuses to use contraception because the women want the babies. He professes his love for women and says they know he can't pay child support but still love him.

How many Orlando's would it take to bankrupt America? Any idea?

Shaw has discovered a program to destroy America without bombs, drones, guns or killing anyone. No bloodshed, only love, love and more love as God refers to throughout the Bible.

So how about a father of the year vote for this handsome hulk who is spreading all this love for us?

BILL WATKINS

Harrison

Father's Day edition highlighted great dads

The Sunday paper on Father's Day had the best notes about Fathers I've ever seen.

I didn't have a father, neither did my two sons. Their dad lives out of state and never sees them.

I worked every day supporting them. They each started to work early. They have never been in trouble; both went to a two-year college and have well-paying jobs.

I'm very proud of all the great fathers out there who were praised by their children.

I'm a senior, and still wish I'd had and known my dad.

VIRGINIA BENNETT

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riverman said...

Right on Bill Watkins. The greatest threat to this country are the sperm donors and brood mares in the black community. Thank you LBJ and the Great Society.

June 19, 2013 at 9:07 a.m.
klifnotes said...

Don't forget those sperm banks. Where some white males have perhaps 100s of children out there somewhere floating around. Surely some of the babies are on the dole too. Not only that, at least in the case of Mr. Shaw, his children will grow up knowing who their siblings are and won't likely marry their own sisters and brothers. Not so, with so with 100s of white babies produced from sperm banks out there who might one day unknowingly chance marry their own siblings.

June 19, 2013 at 10:43 a.m.
Easy123 said...

riverman,

You are a racist. You are ignorant. You are highly illogical. I could go on, but you get the picture.

June 19, 2013 at 1:10 p.m.
riverman said...

Sorry Easy, what I am is a realist and a problem solver. In 2010 SEVENTY-THREE percent of black babies were born to a single mother. How many of these idiots that get shot every day in Chattanooga do you think were born to a single mother? For society to solve a problem we first have to identify it. The biggest problem is the 73% rate among black babies AND the 30% of white babies born in a one parent household. Sorry if the facts don't fit your politically correct model.

June 19, 2013 at 3:34 p.m.
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