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April 13, 2014

ED VASICEK: Chewing over news in bite-size vignettes

Political correctness claims Mozilla CEO

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If the president of Mozilla had supported gay rights, would he have been fired? I think not. So the issue is not whether he took sides in a polarizing issue — it is, rather, the side he took. And it was not the politically correct one. And therein is the question. How free are we if we are fired from our jobs for our political views?

I can understand such a firing if one is employed by a political organization, or an organization with an agenda contrary to the employee. I can even understand how this might occur in a company owned by an individual or family. But this is not the case here. Is this not punishing someone for his politics? What would happen, for example, if the chairman of General Motors or another corporation were fired because she supported gay rights? Could you imagine the stink? Why, I ask, do things only work one way?

Cancer news

We have all known and lost (or will lose) loved ones to cancer. My mom and sister both died of this horrid disease, and I have clear memories of their sufferings. In both instances, their odds would have been better if the cancer had been detected early. A new breakthrough could make this more likely.

UPI documents, “A cancer blood test that detects one molecule of tumor DNA among 10,000 healthy DNA molecules in the blood is promising, Stanford University School of Medicine researchers say.

“... [P]revious versions of cancer blood tests also monitored levels of tumor DNA circulating in the blood, but they needed too much time and were not that sensitive ...

“The Stanford University School of Medicine approach — Cancer Personalized Profiling by deep Sequencing, known as CAPP-Seq, is highly sensitive, specific and timely — it accurately identified about 50 percent of people in the study with stage-1 lung cancer and all patients whose cancers were more advanced.”

Perhaps early detection will become a significant link to the long-awaited “cure” for cancer.

Ed Vasicek is pastor of Highland Park Church and a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at edvasicek@gmail.com.

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