Not Proud of His Country Right Now

RECEIVED Wed., Sept. 7, 2011

Dear Editor,
    As reported on CNN around Sept. 5, there has been found a 19% increase in cancer for first responding firefighters in New York City on September 11, 2001, compared to firefighters not exposed to that environment. Reported in late July and highlighted on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Congress passed a health care bill in which the compromise was made to exclude treatment of cancer from the list of conditions covered under the bill. This atrocious legislation came on the heels of an Aug. 16 report that the first responders were to be excluded from the 10th anniversary memorial service at ground zero. It is incredible and unconscionable that this insult and snub should be perpetrated against those who were the initial wave of rescue into the heart of the catastrophe. I am uncertain what action should be taken, but what I will not be doing is consuming any media this week or participating in any official program locally or otherwise commemorating the event. I cannot believe the hypocrisy of the Republican Party in blocking health care for these beautiful, brave men and women, while keeping the country at the brink of collapse in order to give yet more tax breaks to their wealthy corporate overlords. I am not proud of my country at this moment in time.
Kenney C. Kennedy
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