America should fight cancer, not wars

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I am saddened to explain that my wife of 62 years died of cancer and was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park last month. She was a fantastic person who did many good things for the world. She was a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University where she majored in the field of speech and theater. She also worked as a social worker for a number of years before settling as a speech teacher in Illinois public schools for 33 years.

She died of cancer from which she suffered for several months. There is a need for a more intense study of the disease, which seems to be affecting the lives of so many in our country. Today in America, we are spending vast sums of money for military purposes and have neglected the health needs of our citizens.

After seeing my wife suffer from cancer as a disease, I feel I needed to point out my personal experiences with her condition before she recently died.

It is time we committed ourselves in America to investing money in science and sociology to engage in a war for health-need purposes so that our citizens become healthier both physically and mentally for survival in the nuclear age. Cancer is a terrible disease that should be gotten rid of by a better use of our national resources.

William Becic
Oak Park

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Posted: May 20th, 2011 11:14 PM

I'm sorry for your loss, William. I completely agree with you about the need for more research and less war. I can think of so many areas the US should be spending money on, but doesn't. I truly hope the country makes some positive shifts in priorities so that people such as your wife, yourself and your families are spared the pain of such horrific diseases. My condolences.

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