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05/11/15
Call to Action. Letters to Elected Officials
Filed under: Recent Posts, Mentoring, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 7:19 am

Thank you again for reading this blog.  It is a privilege to have
this opportunity.  I take it as a firm responsibility.

May I have your attention about the importance you and I have
in our representative republic to formally express our concerns
and ideas to our elected representatives in letters, emails
and texts.
  It is critical and not often emphasized (by our teachers,
professional society leaders and journal and magazine editors)
that we need to call on them to act, vote, propose and question
critical issues
.

EXAMPLE
Steve Ernst, editor of American Laboratory, deserves credit and
recognition for speaking out on anti-biotic-resistant bacteria and
the serious implications of overuse and misuse of antibiotics.

Long term use of agricultural antibiotics to increase weight gain
combined with overprescribing human patient practices are
leading to forecasts as dire as causing 10 million deaths and
cost $100 Trillion by 2050!

We need to strongly urge congressional reps to take positive
action based on scientific advice.  [Ernst offers stronger words.] 

OTHER SERIOUS AREAS
Funding NIH Mission
America’s technical leadership
Long term support of Basic Research
Environmental ethics
Accountability and transparency about technical discussions on
     critical issue topics [who is funding “research”, how is data
     analyzed, appropriate use of statistics, etc.]

WRITING ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES
What to write about
Who to write to
What is the best medium, timeline, content

IF they do something special, send a thank you.
 

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