Letters to the Editor

Los Angeles Times

September 6, 2004

Promise and Confusion in the Stem-Cell Issue

Re "Stem-Cell Initiative Attracts Backers," Aug. 31: I am pleased to see the wonderful support, both financial and political, that Proposition 71 is receiving.

As a young Californian with several autoimmune conditions, I have been anxiously waiting for stem-cell research to be funded in California.

I am planning to fly to Chicago to seek very costly treatment. Perhaps next year I can stay in California.

It gives me great hope to see such powerful and intelligent donors support Proposition 71. Clearly, as Californians and others educate themselves with the true facts regarding stem-cell research, they are coming on board with those of us who know firsthand what potential stem-cell research has.

Candace Coffee, Santa Monica

Santa Barbara News Press

August 30, 2004

Yes on Prop. 71 for stem cell research

This letter is directed to everyone who has a relative or friend afflicted with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's or diabetes. On your November ballot you will find Proposition 71 -- the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative. Prop. 71 will provide $3 billion to support expanding stem cell research that can lead to breakthrough cures for many other diseases as well. The Stem Cell Research initiative will also benefit our state economy and budget by generating thousands of new jobs and millions in revenue by leading to cures that can cut our health care costs by billions of dollars.

I urge each of you to look your mother, father or friend in the eye and say to them, "I'm going to help you, I'm going to vote YES on Proposition 71."

Those of you who don't know anyone afflicted with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, or diabetes, thank your lucky stars and vote for "an ounce of prevention" -- vote YES on Proposition 71.

Bill Livingstone, Santa Barbara

Ventura County Star

August 15, 2004

Not a partisan issue

As a registered Republican and leukemia survivor who owes her life to a stem cell transplant, I am deeply disappointed in the California Republican Party and its stand against Proposition 71. This November state ballot measure is designed to save lives by supporting stem cell research at California medical research facilities.

Diseases and injuries that stem cell research could treat or cure make no party distinctions. This is not a partisan issue. There is strong support among Republican voters and Republican politicians for stem cell research. More than 100 members of Congress support changing President Bush's August 2001 Executive Order, which has severely handicapped our country in this miraculous research. The supporters of embryonic stem cell research include such notable Republicans as Sen. Orrin Hatch, Sen. Arlen Specter and Nancy Reagan.

The California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative (http://www.yeson71.com) will enable researchers to find cures and treatments for currently incurable diseases. Stem cell therapies have the potential to cure and treat diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's, ALS, cystic fibrosis, osteoporosis and spinal cord injuries. These devastating medical problems affect 128 million Americans -- one child or adult in nearly half of all families.

For this reason, we should all join together and vote yes on 71.

Sherri Cunial, Agoura Hills

Orange County Register

August 9, 2004

As the father of an 8-year-old son with Type 1 diabetes, I would like to voice my support for the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative (Prop. 71). With strict ethical guidelines and a fiscally responsible design, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative will provide funds needed to perform advanced stem-cell research. With this bond issue, I hope to have a treatment or cure for my son within five to 10 years.

As a Christian, pro-life Republican, I have seriously studied this issue and have come to my own conclusion: Discarding 400,000 embryos from in-vitro fertilization instead of using them for research for treatments and cures for diseases like diabetes is the unethical act.

Putting embryos in the trash is not right when they could help real people suffering from disease.

Jay Bennett,San Clemente

Los Angeles Times

July 31, 2004

Dispute on Stem-Cell Research

For a moment I thought Ron Reagan, when he spoke at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, was talking about my daughter Emma — who has diabetes too — as he referred to a 13-year-old young woman who wears an insulin pump decorated with rhinestones who faces serious complications like amputations and blindness. Tears welled up in our eyes. Reagan's speech was poignant and moving. Even Emma's grandmother agreed that he explained this complex issue with simple, savvy language — and she finally got it as Reagan explained the promise of embryonic stem-cell research.

Reagan illuminated our struggle each and every time we test our daughter's blood sugar, six to eight times a day and in the middle of the night. We wonder if we can ever control this beast called diabetes. If the California Stem Cell Initiative passes this November, maybe our daughter will face a normal life free from worries from complications.

Thank you, thank you, Ron Prescott Reagan.

Carol Eisner,Los Angeles

Orange County Register

July 29, 2004

How sweet it was to listen to an educated man, Ron Reagan Jr., at the Democratic National Convention; it filled me with hope and pride. It was an encouraging speech that America needed to hear.

My 6-year-old quadriplegic daughter deserves life. She is here with us now fighting to stay alive so that one day she may breathe and walk again. Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, is the beginning of hope for the many cures that are possible. I am pro life and I support stem-cell research.

June Gutierrez, Costa Mesa

San Bernardino County Sun

July 25, 2004

Promising research

In regards to the article about the California Stem Cell Research and Cures initiative ("State voters face issue of stem-cell research,' by Annette Wells, July 11), I am the father of a diabetic child, and my father-in-law suffers from advanced Parkinson's disease. I am also a supporter of this proposition and a volunteer with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

There are many organizations throughout the state that support Proposition 71. They include the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, National Coalition for Cancer Research, Parkinson's Action Network, Sickle-Cell Disease of California and many more. It is our responsibility as a society to do all we can to find cures for these terrible diseases, as was done by previous generations.

Polio and rubella are two diseases that are no longer given a second thought in this country. However in my grandfather's era, these two diseases could be deadly. We should do all we can not only for us and our children, but for future generations.

Dan Rodriguez, Rancho Cucamonga

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