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Meningitis scare calls for tougher rules, but would Romney go there?

After reading the article in The Sun, "Report finds lax pharmacy oversight," (Oct. 30) I was prompted to write in. While Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for president, argues for reducing the role of the federal government, particularly with respect to health care, 354 people have recently been sickened with meningitis and 25 others have died due to the lax oversight of the New England Compounding Center. The fact that the offending company is from Governor Romney's state of Massachusetts does not go unnoticed.

In a perfect world, everyone would play by the rules, but we don't live in a perfect world. Some people are willing to line their own pockets at the expense of the public. When it comes to our health and that of our loved ones, I don't believe that we can afford a smaller government. These tragic deaths of people seeking relief from chronic back pain have affected many more people than the Anthrax scare of a few years ago. To think that special interest groups in our own country are able to thwart proper federal oversight of these compounding facilities is mind-boggling.

Think carefully about who you are voting for on Election Day!

Richard Hellman, Baltimore

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