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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:49 am    Post subject: WTC HIT JOB
From Fri Jul 04, 2008 3:00 am to Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:59 am (included)
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WTC hit job

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention <http> yesterday took a break from head-scratching over the salmonella that has felled people from coast to coast, walloped U.S. agriculture and made Americans worry their next salad might be their last.

Dr. Julie Gerberding <http> had something more important to take care of - to wit, a bureacratic revenge killing.

Perhaps thinking no one would notice on the eve of the Fourth of July weekend, Gerberding fired Dr. John Howard <http> as head of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health <http> . This was payback, and the orders had to have come from the top, straight from U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt <http> .

Howard's offense? He was the single member of the Bush administration with the courage to tell the truth about the epidemic of illnesses suffered by 9/11 rescue and recovery workers. And he told the scientific and medical truth - no matter that his bosses wanted nothing to do with paying for health care for the sickened.

Worse, Howard fought to get treatment for the workers - until yesterday, when Gerberding called him to her Atlanta <http> office and handed him his walking papers with all the finesse of the Mets <http> canning Willie Randolph <http> .

One measure of Howard's excellent service is that officials ranging from Gov. Paterson to Rep. Carolyn Maloney <http> to Sen. Hillary Clinton <http> demanded his reappointment. Another is that advocates for the ill have been unanimous in singing his praises.

Feebly, Gerberding said Howard will stay on to consult on 9/11 health programs - programs in which the Bush administration has shown no interest. Howard is a first-rate man. What happened to him is a disgrace and one more federal slap in the face to the forgotten victims of 9/11.
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