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Politics: Vice presidential debate, stem cells

In my opinion, the vice presidential debate that aired Tuesday clearly showed hands down that John Edwards won.

Edwards started the debate off on the right foot by coming on stage smiling and extending a hand to Dick Cheney. Whereas Cheney came on stage looking mad and acting like he could care less about shaking hands.

Throughout the debate, Cheney told complete falsehoods –– for example, saying that he never met Edwards before that night. He, in fact, has met Edwards before at a prayer vigil. Also, Cheney stated that he is at the Senate on most Tuesdays for the luncheon. Well, that may be true, but which luncheon? I believe he spends most of his time at the Republican luncheon, where of course he isn’t going to meet Edwards.

Edwards called Cheney on the carpet on many lies that the Bush administration has made over the last four years, as well as their campaign lies from the last election. This country needs a fresh start to not only get us out of Iraq, but to help us middle class folks out. The Bush administration has done more for the Middle East than he has done for his own people. We need a president in office that will look at our country first.

Donna Miller

Federal Way

John Kerry and Ron Reagan have garnered cheers and headlines for criticizing the Bush administration for its limits on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. Those cheers and headlines, though, have been built on misinformation.

The truth is, not one human being has been treated with embryonic stem cells –– not for lack of funding, but because such cells have been known to create malignant tumors in lab animals.

But there is a kind of stem cell research that could prove revolutionary –– a kind John Kerry and Ron Reagan and the media haven’t even bothered to tell us about. It involves so-called “adult” stem cells, those harvested from such sources as umbilical cord blood and bone marrow. They have shown great promise in the treatment of more than 70 diseases and conditions.

So, don’t be fooled the next time you hear that conservatives want to ban stem cell research. We simply want to support the most ethical, promising form of it, so that there’s a real chance of helping those who suffer.

Daniel Gautschi

Kent

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