Cloning, stem cell research in dire need of serious regulation
According to recent reports, an Italian doctor has already lined up a large number of infertile couples willing to participate in an experiment to create the first cloned human being. The first cloned baby, he predicts, will be born next year. ...
The news should give a strong impetus to the creation of a comprehensive international ban on cloning and a legal framework and rules covering all research involving human embryos. ...
The House of Representatives wisely decided recently to take an unambiguous stand by banning all human cloning. That leaves open the question of how best to regulate research using human embryos. ...
In the United States, responsibility for making such rules should be delegated to an accountable federal committee established by Congress. ...
Meanwhile, the Bush administration should call on leading medical research nations to agree quickly on an international legal framework for research involving human embryos and their stem cells. The agreement should outlaw human cloning anywhere in the world. The need for both national and international action to regulate this field is urgent.
--The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.)
Spin over tax 'rebate' misleading to public
If you get a federal income tax refund each year and use it, say, for a home improvement project, a swell vacation, or gifts for friends and family, you might want to save rather than spend that federal rebate check.
That's because all the spin about a ''tax rebate'' isn't quite accurate. What you got, or soon will, is an advance on the refund you expect after filing next year. And if you normally end up paying at filing time in April, you could owe an extra $300 to $600 in 2002.
The whole idea, and yes, it was a Democratic suggestion, though one doesn't hear Democrats much associated with it, was to dump a huge chunk of spendable income into the economy to kick-start it now, letting next spring take care of itself.
But millions of Americans think they're getting money back, not an advance against what they'll ultimately owe.
It's confusing, it's misleading, and it's poor public policy to misrepresent it, even if unintentionally.
--The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)
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