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Letter to President Bush on hurricane recovery October 04, 2005 11:30 AM


Minerva Novoa
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Minerva Novoa,
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Consumers Union is responding on several fronts to the ongoing emergency caused by the recent hurricane devastation along the Gulf Coast. We invite you to join us in urging policymakers to right some of the wrongs exposed by the storms.

Recently, CU president Jim Guest wrote a letter to President Bush outlining steps that both government and the private sector should take to improve the health, welfare and economic condition of all those affected in the region. Read below to see how you can help.

Credit relief a must for hurricane victims
Many hurricane victims fled their homes without proper identification, much less information on their credit accounts or loans. Urge Congress to ensure that all creditors, from mortgage holders to credit card companies, treat disaster victims fairly and compassionately. Tell Congress to act now!

Wireless internet: Help in emergencies
Telecommunication failures in the wake of Hurricane Katrina are giving policy makers a new appreciation of the value of wireless internet networks. These networks helped people communicate after traditional telecommunications services failed.Urge Congress to preserve a community's right to build such networks, a right some want to take away.  Learn how communities are setting up their own networks.

Infection potential in hurricane ravaged areas high
A recent Consumer Reports article discusses the growing prevalence of drug-resistant staph infections in community settings. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now has information for people from areas hit by the hurricanes about the symptoms and treatment for such infections. View their site.  (PDF)

Bill shines light on FDA advisory panels
Thanks to your help, the Senate just passed an amendment that requires the Food and Drug Administration to publish the names of scientists with drug industry ties on its advisory panels. While this measure doesn't ban conflicts of interest, it is a step in the right direction. Learn more.

Attention deficit disorder drugs: Use with caution 
Are attention deficit disorder drugs generally effective?  Well, it depends on the age of the patient and on whether the disorder has been accurately diagnosed.  View the details in this new, free report from Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs.

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 October 04, 2005 11:31 AM

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