Pilot Wrongly Took a Partisan Swipe
I read the editorial on Liz Taylor that appeared in Wednesday’s Pilot. I have to say I was very distressed by what was, in my opinion, the totally partisan, gratuitous and erroneous phrase “Despite her Republican leanings, Taylor is remembered for her audacious support of such liberal causes as HIV/AIDS patients” that was used in the piece.
I would argue that Republicans are at least as concerned about the health of individuals as are Democrats; i.e., an individual’s health is not a partisan issue, and there is no evidence that HIV/AIDS is solely “a liberal cause.”
Have you ever heard of PEPFAR? The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief was initiated by President George W. Bush — a Republican. To quote from Wikipedia, this plan “was a commitment of $15 billion over five years (2003–2008) from U.S. President George W. Bush to fight the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. PEPFAR increased the number of Africans receiving ART (antiretroviral therapy) from 50,000 at the start of the initiative in 2004 to at least 1.2 million in early 2008. PEPFAR has been called the largest health initiative ever initiated by one country to address a disease.”
My daughter is currently in Africa, on her fourth trip in the past two years as part of a PEPFAR- (and Gates Foundation-) funded HIV/AIDS program that is having a major impact on the disease in Kenya and Uganda.
If you want to write a partisan editorial on any topic you have the right to do so, but I suggest if you are going to take partisan swipes that you make an effort to check your facts first.
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