Prop. 71 boondoggle |

Prop. 71 boondoggle

John Edwards’ outrageous claim that “under President Kerry people like Christopher Reeve will get up from the wheelchair and walk again” is a typical exaggeration coming from Democratic candidates. Promise anything to everybody, “without raising your taxes!”

During the debates, John Kerry followed the clever tactic of a socialist-style politician: He presented himself as a moderate public servant who knows how to fix the country’s problems, hoping the voters have forgotten his ultra-liberal voting record. Only an unthinking person could vote for John Kerry!

Another exaggerated claim was made for the embryonic stem cell research funded by the federal government. California voters are asked to approve the $3 billion bond issue (Prop. 71). It would go mostly for embryonic cell research, which is called by some scientists a “fairy tale.” It did not help a single patient.

In contrast, the adult stem cells (easily obtainable from a person’s body) have shown positive results treating people with Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, heart damage, sickle-cell anemia, and dozens of other conditions. Promoters of Prop. 71 ignore these facts. Why? Can any person with functioning brain cells vote for Prop. 71 boondoggle?

Peter Pohorsky

Grass Valley

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