ANTHRAX! ANTHRAX! ANTHRAX!
October 19, 2001
Letters to the Editor
Sacramento News & Review
1015 20th Street
Sacramento CA 95814
Anthrax, anthrax, anthrax. Please! When will this nonsense stop? (Capital Bites, 10/18/01) Yes, anthrax is a real, though minimal threat. However, the greatest threat to the health, safety and well-being of the average American isn't some malcontent with a postage stamp and some bacteria. (Or is it a virus? I can't remember.)
As always, Americans are far more menaced by corporate malfeasance than by any terrorist, airborne or postal. Unscrupulous employers who ignore worker safety regulations; food processors who skirt health standards; manufacturers who produce dangerous and flawed products; companies who illegally dump toxic wastes, property owners who violate fire and building codes-these miscreants, among others, kill and maim tens of thousands of people in the US every year.
Americans' health and well-being is further compromised by exploding healthcare costs, shrinking personal incomes, burgeoning consumer debt, limited educational opportunities, increasing air and water pollution, increasing traffic due to scant public transit options, obesity from lack of exercise, the proliferation of fast food, and many other social maladies.
George W. Bush, who without the advantage of being born in a prominent and privileged family would be challenged holding down a job as assistant manager of the Laredo Radio Shack, doesn't have any solutions for the real threats to our health, safety and well-being. Distracting our attention with terrorist threats, bombing campaigns and virus scares (or is it bacteria?) serves Bush, letting him skip off to play leader of the "Free World" without confronting the growing problems challenging Americans.
Let's not play into his hands by furthering the frenzy around the minimal threat posed by anthrax. Let's start talking about the real threats to our security, beginning with George W. Bush.
Published November 1, 2001 in the Sacramento News & Review