"Educate me. Can it be determined what actually caused the cancer." I
think that doctors that deal with radiation related diseases have a pretty good
handle on what is going on... When I went to visit my oncologist after having a
malignant thyroid removed we were talking about my life history. She asked me
where I grew up and I told her, "Richfield." Without even taking a
breath she replied, "You drank the milk, didn't you." Then she
explained the vector by which I-131 is ingested by the grazing cow and passed on
to the consumer of the milk. Radio active iodine is very dangerous for children
exposed to it. If you follow the Chernobyl disaster it has been stated that the
true death-toll won't be discovered until the children exposed to it get into
there 40's... that is happening now. 6,000 cases of thyroid cancer by 2005 in
My husband died at the age of 37 eighteen years ago. He grew up in southern
Utah and would come in with red dust on him. He died as a result of a disease,
which is not under the umbrella of the fallout, but there were more incidents of
that disease in the southern part of Utah then the rest of the state. A few
years after he died, I read of a group of military that had been exposed to some
radiation had all developed a form of Lou Gherigs disease, which is very similar
to the disease he had. I just tried to find that, but there were tons of
articles that talked about the high incident of that disease with the Gulf War
vets. Trust me, what my husband went through and the struggles we had after his
death, I feel it would be fair to be compensated. From the day I met him, until
now, I have always felt that the fallout triggered his disease.
'Information that was compiled by the National Cancer Institute showed for a
30-year period, there was an 8 percent higher rate of radiation-associated
cancers throughout the rest of the state than in counties where residents
receive compensation. Research done by the Deseret News years ago found secret
government maps depicting fallout that had hit most of Utah, not just counties
eligible for compensation.' - Article These are OUR citizens. You and me. Your mother and father. Stop the Bush tax cuts,
and we could AFFORD this. "According to the Pew Economic Policy
Group, an extension of all of the Bush tax cuts will cost $3.1 trillion over ten
years, once the costs of servicing the debt are factored in."
I don't get folks who would complain about this.Our government nuked
our own people.Orrin Hatch did a good thing for the downwinders when
he fought for the first compensation legistlation.
Educate me. Can it be determined what actually caused the cancer. I know there
is plenty of data linking smoking and lung cancer, but can we determine that it
was radiation that caused other forms?
How do you compensate the 5 Children who lost both parents in Cedar City to
downwinder cancers in the 80's? Those small $amounts don't come even close. Our
government paid the 9/11 families so much more without batting an eye because
they were victims of terrorist acts, not acts by their own government that is
sworn to protect the citizens. I'm ashamed of our government and our elected
Wait, I thought there was an effort to balance the budget? Oh that's right
Matheson is a democrat, so the cookie jar is always half full, especially if it
will buy a few more votes.
Pardon my incredulousness, but isn't about time we put these old issues to bed
for good? There are trials of life that come, whether natural or manmade. We
can't continue to pay tribute to "victims" of everything.I
the skeptic would like to see the direct evidence Gov. Matheson was a victim of
cancer caused by living down wind of nuclear testing. I lived in Utah 50 or so
miles north of SLC in the 50's. What compensation is available for me? Oh, yes,
I don't have cancer? What about some other diseases? Can we cover them, too?Were I more skeptical, I'd believe someone is again buying votes to
maintain a highly flawed political idealogy.
The original compensation won't even cover the medical bills of those affected.
If a company was sued for inflicting damage on a person the compensation would
be much higher. The government got off easy on this one.
More government money that's going to come from where exactly?We're
bankrupt. They can barely agree on cutting services to try and shore up the
deficit but they want to give old retired people more money.
We made the mistake. Our citizens are paying the price with
cancer. Seems fair to me.
"there was an 8 percent higher rate of radiation-associated cancers
throughout the rest of the state than in counties where residents receive
compensation."This is confusing. Is this indicating that fewer
cancers occurred in regions near the test sites?
My mother in law lived in Salt Lake county as a child in the fifties. One day
when it was snowing, a government team came and put radiation exposure badges on
every child to measure the dose they got from the fallout. They were sent to
recess to play in the snow, and collect data.Now she has cancer. It
seems possible that there's a connection.
I wonder if a similar pay-out will come from Tepco sometime in the future for
all the Japanese citizens that have been subjected to radiation? I wonder if it
might include those on the west coast of the U.S. in the event that they don't
get the reactors stabilized? Oh, wait, I forgot - we aren't in any danger.
That's what the Downwinders were told at the time, too.
Ooooooooh. The Tea Party's gonna be mad at him!