Friday, February 15, 2008

Lights, Cameras, Congressional Action!

This week the House Oversight Committee was the focus of a huge media circus. The he-said-he-said bickering of Roger Clemens and his ex-trainer became a matter of Congressional scrutiny. This is understandable since there are so many young people who emulate those our society reveres on the pedestals of sports. Put a ripped sports star and some tabloid material in front of a committee with lots of lights and cameras, and we have an interested Congress!

A few months ago some not-so-famous people interested in a couple of other Yankees tried to get the ears of some of these same Congresspeople. Their Yankees were Lou Gehrig and Catfish Hunter – two talents who tower over Roger Clemens in many ways yet met cruel demises through no fault of their own. The not-so-famous people who asked for some time with their Congresspeople included many with ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease. They included the widows and widowers and orphans left behind by this disease. They weren’t as famous and buff as Roger Clemens in his expensive suit. Many were in wheelchairs and needed great deals of assistance just to get in and out of the doors in the Congressional office buildings. Some didn’t get the warm reception that Roger got the other day, and certainly the media paparazzi weren't capturing their case.

Some Congresspeople listened and some didn’t.

There are tools at to see how your Congresspeople and Senators listen to public health issues involving our two Yankees. If only they were as engaged in Lou Gehrig’s Disease as they are in what kinds of shots went into Roger Clemens’ buttocks.

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