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Make breast cancer a national priority

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. In 2007 alone, 200,000 Americans, men and women, found out that they had breast cancer.

The impact of this disease cannot be ignored, and our next president needs to make breast cancer a national priority.

Researchers have also found that racial and ethnic minorities and women who have limited access to health insurance are more likely to die from breast cancer. For too long, there has been a gap in quality treatment and screening for breast cancer in America.

I challenge our newly elected president to support three common-sense goals that would save thousands of lives: Increase public investment in cancer research, provide early detection services for every woman in the United States, and ensure that everyone who receives a diagnosis of breast cancer has access to quality treatment. These critical steps would bring us closer to ending breast cancer forever.

When I cast my ballot on Tuesday, I voted for the cure. Will my voice be heard?

Anna Stout, Towson

The writer is a volunteer and a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Advocacy Alliance.

Death of auto industry would be a huge blow

I cannot imagine our government allowing any one of the Big Three auto giants or all three of them to close down ("GM has worst sales month since 1975," Nov. 4).

How many people would become unemployed overnight if those companies went out of business? And how many people who work for the companies that produce parts they sell to General Motors, Ford and Chrysler would become unemployed overnight? And what about all of the people who work for those companies' automotive dealerships as salespeople and mechanics? Eliminating the U.S. auto industry from our industrial family would certainly bring on a depression like we have not experienced since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

There are brilliant people in our government and auto industry who can keep such a catastrophe from happening.

But we shouldn't give money to the automakers. We should lend it to them in the hope that the money will be repaid sometime in the future. That would be an investment in the future economy of our country.

Philip R. Grossman, Baltimore

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