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If people such as Mr. Levitt, Michael J. Fox and the late Christopher Reeve were convinced that embryonic stem cells hold the key to curing them, I believe they were sold a cruel bill of goods. If Mr. Reeve had regained his ability to walk, I would have been tremendously happy for the man. However, given his insistence on embryonic stem-cell research, the question I would have asked him is, “how many human lives do you think your mobility is worth?”

Mr. Levitt seems unaware of the difference between embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. No diseases are currently being treated with embryonic stem cells. In experiments with animals, not only have no cures been produced, but the animals treated with them have had a disturbing tendency to develop tumors. By contrast, some six dozen diseases are being successfully treated with adult stem cells. As The Washington Times’ editorial pages have often pointed out, there is no moral problem about using adult stem cells to treat diseases.

THOMAS M. CRAWFORD

Laurel

Marx and the Kelo decision

The Dick Carpenter-John Ross column “Kelo warning fulfilled” (Commentary, Saturday) discusses the taking of private property by government as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Refer to principle one of 10 of the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx in 1848. It states: “1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.”

It seems like the principles listed by Marx are being applied by the United States government.

G. STANLEY DOORE

Silver Spring

Wrong on illegals

Just as we thought we had dodged the Kennedy-Kyl-Bush immigration-amnesty bullet, it appears that our purported representatives in Washington are firing it at us again. And once again, the man aiming the illegal-alien bullet at the heart of this nation is President Bush (“House conservatives warn Bush of immigration’s cost,” Page 1, yesterday).

But one has to wonder, as we watch the spectacle of our president exhorting illegal aliens to be vocal and strong in their support of this bill, whether Mr. Bush understands that he is president of the United States. It appears he believes he is either the president of the Chamber of Commerce or president of “Canamerexico.” That new country, spanning all of North America, is the dream of politicians and businessmen who are loyal not to any nation, but only to the global economy and the gods of profit.

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