Why does Sen. Adams hold HB 170 captive?

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Some people wonder if there might not be another reason state Sen. Thurman Adams refused to let HB 170 out of his committee for a senate vote last year. Full Story
RKOUL

Since: Dec 05

Philadelphia, PA

#1 Feb 2, 2006
Quid Pro Quo everywhere regardless the party: It is all Delawarian so prevalent and so persistent!
FROM CANCER FORUM POST

As long as the health agencies in states are not governed by couragious/technically competent and apolitical heads, the states like Delaware and few others will make cancer fund as a reward for holding their citizens hostage. In addition, the discriminatory approach to pick and choose population groups, lack of evidence based health education programs capitalize on the plight of its vulnerable population. Delaware and few other states have stood tall in showing high cancer mortality, incidence and high infant mortality rates year year after year. Children's cancer data is totally obscured and keeping incomplete Tumor Registry is a norm while new cases of rare and other childhood cancers are on rise. You never hear about it, only when you listen to families visiting their young children with bald heads. No newspaper finds it attractive to catch a glimpse and write a story or listen to the family. Newspapers in small states have cozy relationships with their politicians, state health departments and some departments even have tried to hire someone from the newspaper where may be their relative/spouse may have an influence to put a lid before the unfavorable fact makes a story in print. Radio-stations have their stake in getting promotional dollars from the same state health agency. Who would like to write a story on childhood cancers unless may be their own children are involved and they really want to help themselves and others. Well then may be keeping a job is more important for a reporter rather than making waves with the political health departments, an illusion to an average citizen that their health agency and their local newspapers are working for them after paying tax dollars and the monthly dues respectively.

It is time when more parents come forward and demand that childhood cancer risks be evaluated, and honest research efforts be put into preventing childhood cancers and their treatment. A lip service from any cancer task force (who fall in the political well of their own making and leave public floating after they are gone)is not going to help preventing cancer especially childhood cancers. The reason, same politicians are silent for radon issues, worker's Right-To-Know issues (like in Delaware) since their health department downplays the threat by destroying evidence and not maintaining log for the reports made by the public when exposed to dangerous chemicals/radiation at work. Children's visit to a faulty X-Ray machine may be a simple reason, why childhood cancers or the very same exposure leads to adult leukaemia. Yet Health Department puts people with no accountability and understanding incharge of these inspections. What do we see, violations are undereported, dismissed or workers threatened to downplay threat.

If you as a citizen do not make your health agency and your politicians accountable for their actions, cancers and non-cancer risk prevention efforts will make no dent in improving your life. To the young parents and parents of children with cancer, the only solution remains, i.e. to help educate yourself with information by visiting EPA, NCI and CDC web sites. Your state health agency may be going through survival option to debate whether they can give you an honest information or just keep their mouth shut and sleep on their job. Some of us have to wake up the other option, actually work to keep public in the equation of public health programs by implementing Truth in Reportability.

Good luck to all the parents who can fight for their children.

Ramney Koul,Ph.D, MBA
Ex Radon/Right-To-Know Program Manager
State of Delaware
ecosort@hotmail.com

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