Editorials & OpEds

Prop. 71: Benefits health, economy

October 28, 2004
Sacramento Bee
By Steve Westly -- Special To The Bee
On Election Day, Californians can help lead the next revolution in technology - and help our state's economy grow - by voting Yes on Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative. The potential is enormous. More than 100 million Americans suffer from diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, cancer, AIDS and diabetes - diseases that stem-cell therapies might treat and cure. But partisan politics is blocking funding for the most promising areas of stem-cell research. Read More >

Investment critical to curing diseases

October 24, 2004
Ventura County Star
Op-Ed by Larry Goldstein
Since storming to the forefront of the nation's attention, the debate on stem-cell research has traveled a winding road, focusing first on ethics and, more recently, on the length of time before our scientists might find cures. What has not received its due attention is the scope of these possible cures and treatments. The potential of therapies coming from stem-cell research is unmatched in terms of both breadth and depth of the many conditions that could be treated and the many lives that could be improved or perhaps even saved. Read More >

Prop. 71 invests in future of California, mankind

October 23, 2004
Oakland Tribune
NOTHING in medical science spells HOPE more emphatically for victims of a multitude of debilitating diseases and ailments than stem cell research.

That is why California is attempting to establish itself as the stem cell research capital of the world. Biosciences are already an integral part of our economy that we can't afford to lose.

Proposition 71 would assure our future role in that research. It also is the one initiative on the Nov. 2 ballot guaranteed to attract national and international attention. Read More >

Vote to fund stem cell research

October 22, 2004
Napa Valley Register
We live in an amazing age of scientific achievement, one that holds a great deal of promise to solve many medical mysteries.

Stem cell research is one of the issues on the cutting edge.

A California ballot initiative, Proposition 71, would fund $3 billion worth of stem cell research over the next 10 years. Given the promise of the technology, and the boon this funding might provide to California universities and research facilities, voters should join Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in supporting Proposition 71. Read More >

Healing our people and our economy

October 22, 2004
San Diego Union Tribune
Op-Ed by Edward Holmes, John C. Reed and Joe Panetta
As residents of San Diego, our city's history of medical innovation should be an enormous source of pride. California is the most scientifically advanced state in the world's most scientifically advanced nation. San Diego, in turn, is home to some of the most accomplished and influential institutions in the world: the University of California San Diego, Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, the Burnham Institute, Children's Hospital and many others. Read More >

The importance of stem cells

October 14, 2004
Santa Maria Times
Christopher Reeve fought about as hard as a human being can fight to live. In the end, a kind of infection that plagues those with paralysis killed him.

But if he could have chosen a time to die, Reeve probably would not have been disappointed with how his passing coincides with an important vote on stem cell research. He was tireless in his efforts to get Congress or just anyone else to authorize funding for a full investigation of a science that could help make people like himself whole again. Read More >

Prop 71: A Shot in the Arm for California

October 12, 2004
The Business Perspective (LA Chamber of Commerce)
By supporting Prop. 71, California's voters will have a unique opportunity on Nov. 2. Not only can we give a needed shot in the arm to research that will cure some of the world's most lethal and debilitating illnesses; we can also create jobs and position California as a leader in a new industry. Read More >

Vote yes on Proposition 71

The Bakersfield Californian 10/12/04
If enacted, Proposition 71 will raise $3 billion to help conduct vital research. The funding will be spread over several years. It will not spike the state's bonded indebtedness. The state will earn royalty and patent payments resulting from medicines and processes developed through use of the grants.  Read More >

La Proposición 71 salvará vidas

La Opinión 10/08/04
No hace mucho que nuestra sociedad consideraba las enfermedades como el sarampión, la viruela y la polio como hechos inevitables de la vida. En el siglo pasado, sin embargo, hemos desmentido esa presunción y encontramos cura para enfermedades que antes se pensaba eran incurables. Y aunque hemos hecho enormes progresos en los tratamientos y procedimientos médicos, como nos ha enseñado cada avance, sabemos que todavía hay más logros que están cercanos.  Read More >

Stem Cell Research: Is Prop. 71 the right choice? YES: California can step forward to lead the way

Santa Rosa Press Democrat 10/08/04
It is high time to advance the new scientific frontier of ``regenerative medicine.'' Using stem cells as building blocks, many dreadful, incurable diseases -- among them diabetes, cancer and many disorders of the brain, eye, heart and other organs -- could be cured.  Read More >

Dr. Bill Releford

Los Angeles Sentinel 10/07/04
Imagine a world with out diabetes. Cancer, heart disease, Alzheimerís, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, sickle cell disease, Parkinsonís, HIV/AIDS, osteoporosis, and spinal cord injury. Envision California as a world leader in the discovery of life-saving medical breakthroughs that could eliminate these diseases.  Read More >

Yes on Proposition 71
A modest investment offers a major opportunity in healthcare advances.

Long Beach Press Telegram 10/06/04
Stem-cell research One of the most noble undertakings of the federal government is to fund and support the most promising avenues of scientific and medical advancement.  Read More >

YES to Stem-Cell Research

Los Angeles Times 10/03/04
Proposition 71, a measure on the Nov. 2 ballot funding $3 billion worth of research using embryonic stem cells, is at heart California's version of a Bronx cheer. This rude and deserved raspberry is intended to both insult and subvert President Bush's decision to prohibit federally financed scientists from working on all but a few dozen embryonic stem-cell lines. We are for it, despite our general misgivings about such ballot propositions.  Read More >

The Chronicle Recommends: Time to advance stem-cell research

San Francisco Chronicle September 30, 2004
CALIFORNIA IS poised to play a pivotal, if rebellious, role in medical and scientific research. Proposition 71, a bold initiative brimming with potential, would make the Golden State the unquestioned leader in the field of stem cell research. The initiative would provide money to allow many of this state's brightest scientists to explore treatments and cures for some of the world's most disabling diseases.  Read More >

As We See It: Stem cell measure makes sense

Santa Cruz Sentinel September 22, 2004
Proposition 71 results from the passion of a Palo Alto developer whose son suffers from type-1 diabetes. Robert Klein, who’s also a lawyer, responded to his son’s illness by learning all he could about stem cell research, then writing Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative. The measure would provide tax-exempt state bonds worth nearly $300 million a year for 10 years to help fund stem-cell research in California.  Read More >

YES on Proposition 71

Contra Costa Times Editorial
EVEN AS CALIFORNIA struggles to balance its budget, it has to find a way to continue to invest in the future. Proposition 71 -- the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative -- is an investment that has the potential to bring high returns by creating a new industry that means new high-paying jobs and human talent, but also to ease human suffering caused by debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, diabetes and cancer.  Read More >

Bold research: Prop. 71 is key

San Jose Mercury News Editorial
Proposition 71 brings out the best of California. Big, bold and optimistic, it provides the means for the state's best and brightest scientists to eliminate some of life's most devastating diseases.  Read More >

Embryonic stem-cell research - A ray of hope

Op-Ed by Peter Van Etten
President & CEO, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
As technologically advanced as our country is today, it's both frustrating and heartbreaking that millions of Americans of all ages and across all social, cultural and ethnic groups are still battling life- threatening and debilitating diseases. Not a day goes by when I don't hear from the mother or father of a child with diabetes, asking when their child will no longer have to repeatedly test their blood and inject themselves with insulin up to six times a day. An answer for these parents, and for the 100 million Americans who suffer from debilitating illnesses and conditions, may one day come from embryonic stem-cell research.  Read More >

Key medical breakthrough a ray of hope

Ventura County Star
Approximately 128 million American children and adults, including millions of Californians, suffer from devastating conditions including diabetes, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's ALS, osteoporosis and spinal cord injuries. The impact of this is substantial physically, emotionally and financially. It is estimated that Californians spend more than $110 billion annually on healthcare expenses. Read More >

Research roadblock

Mercury News
The world has known for decades that Ron Reagan and his father didn't see eye-to-eye on politics.

No one knows what position President Reagan would have taken on embryonic stem cell research. His biographer, Lou Cannon, believes the former president would have struggled with the issue. But his son's appearance Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention put a spotlight on an issue that could become increasingly more uncomfortable for President Bush as the campaign unfolds. Read More >

Needless research limits hit home

San Francisco Chronicle
7/19/04 As the social conservatives who make up the bleacher section of President Bush's political base found out last week, the high moral ground is sometimes filled with rather loose soil. . Read More >

Rethink the Stem Cell Ban

Des Moines Register
6/11/04 The death of former President Ronald Reagan spurs an outpouring of reflections on his political visions and accomplishments. Yet it is perhaps in Reagan's last years of living, the decade he was suffering from Alzheimer's, where yet another contribution of his life can be found because it highlights the need to expand stem-cell research. Read More >

Ease Stem Cell Rules

Providence Journal
6/11/04 Many have thought about stem-cell research this week with the ceremonies around the death of Ronald Reagan from Alzheimer's disease. Stem-cell research could lead to major advances against this scourge. Read More >

Selling Stem Cells

San Francisco Chronicle
6/9/04 STEM-CELL research used to be dangerous country. Fears of human cloning, abortion politics and public puzzlement undercut support. But the climate has changed. Stem cells are now cutting-edge science with a half-dozen countries bidding for the business. Read More >

President needs to revisit stem cell guidelines

Daily Bulletin (Ontario, CA)
6/9/04 Ronald Reagan's death has generated national mourning, but it's also bringing new impetus to a scientific issue: stem cell research. Read More >

A plea for stem cell research

Long Beach Press Telegram
6/9/04 Ronald Reagan's final accomplishment in life was to raise awareness and understanding of Alzheimer's disease. In death, we hope his legacy will bring Alzheimer's research the funding, attention and political support it deserves.  Read More >

Reagan's demise can spark new assault on Alzheimer's

USA Today
6/8/04 "I just don't see how we can turn our backs on this. We have lost so much time already." Nancy Reagan made that rare public plea last month in support of greater federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research.

These tiny cells hold the gigantic potential to cure devastating illnesses such as Alzheimer's, which ravaged former president Ronald Reagan for 10 years until his death Saturday. Read More >

A fitting tribute to Mr. Reagan

New York Times
5/23/04 WHEN PRESIDENT Bush announced his policy on stem cell research in August 2001, many researchers and supporters of this promising new field were quick to criticize it. We were not. Read More >

Time for More Lines

Washington Post
6/8/04 WHEN PRESIDENT Bush announced his policy on stem cell research in August 2001, many researchers and supporters of this promising new field were quick to criticize it. We were not.. Read More >

Wasting Time, Crushing Hope

The Baltimore Sun
5/14/04 WITHOUT EVEN being there, it's possible to hear the impatience in Nancy Reagan's voice. She'd been lobbying quietly in her own discreet way for nearly two years to persuade President Bush to ease restrictions impeding research on embryonic stem cells that could lead to life-saving therapies for diseases such as the Alzheimer's that has forever altered her beloved husba. Read More >

New Allies for Cell Research

Los Angeles Times
5/12/04 Couples having trouble conceiving a child may wonder whether their insurance covers infertility treatments. They don't wonder whether they have a rightto treatment at all, even though some treatments produce extra humanembryos, more than 400,000 of which lie in frozen storage.  Read More >


San Jose Mercury News
5/11/04 What do Sen. Arlen Specter, Sen. Orrin Hatch and Sen. Bill Frist have in common with Nancy Reagan? They're all staunch Republicans in support of stem cell research. All told, a dozen Republican senators and 50 members of the House, many of whom are anti-abortion, have announced they oppose President Bush's strict limits on such research. Read More >

Republicans for Stem Cell Research

New York Times
5/11/04 The Bush administration's restrictions on federal funds for embryonic stem cell research are so potentially damaging to medicine that they are encountering opposition even among the administration's own conservative supporters.. Read More >

Allow expanded stem-cell research

Newsday Editorial
5/10/04 The fight over restrictions President George W. Bush imposed on federally funded research using embryonic stem cells has flared anew, for very good reason. The politically driven restrictions havehandicapped potentially revolutionary, life-saving research. They should be relaxed to allow expanded access to stem cells. Read More >


The Hartford Courant
4/27/04 Shame on Connecticut legislators, who have shelved the stem cell bill for further study, citing confusion over the issue. There was plenty of testimony available to explain the value of stem cell research and answer questions. Read More >

The Stakes with Stem Cells

Desmoines Register
04/08/04  Some California parents are reminding the country what stem-cell research is really all about. Signatures are being collected for a ballot measure that would seek to raise $3 billion for human embryo stem-cell research. Behind the push are families with a loved one afflicted with a serious illness, especially parents of children with juvenile diabetes. This group has power and emotion for the cause. Read More >

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