Political rhetoric exploits fear over premature death

05/10/2004
Premature death has returned to political rhetoric.It is, of course, an election year. Politicians say things in election years they later wish they had not.But they shouldn't get carried away with concepts as sensitive and easily misconstrued as premature death.Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) boiled over on the subject in an Earth Day broadside against the "polluter-friendly" environmental record of US President George W. Bush."From clean air to mercury to MTBE [methyl tertiary butyl ether] to clean water, today's report [on Bush's environmental policies] finds that time after time the president has sided with polluters over the quality of life of the American people," Kerry's ...
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