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Letter: Swails response sought by reader

I have written Rep Swails asking why she voted against individual ownership rights of DNA. She has not seen fit to answer me, so I shall pose the question in this forum.

Do you fancy yourself to be a member of the Duma (Russian government body)? Do you truly believe that the people belong to the government? Has a government of the people, by the people and for the people ceased to exist in Minnesota?

Please do not feel the need to give me any lines about medical research. As a medical student, I can assure you that I am in fact familiar with that topic. I can also assure you that taking samples from people against their will and without their consent violates the ethical standards of proper research.

In turn, that will discredit research done in Minnesota on an international level.

There are still many people who associate involuntary subjection to research with unsavory characters such a Dr. Mengele and Communists. I myself am one of them.

"In 1990, a survey found that 10 percent of African Americans believed that the U.S. government created AIDS as a plot to exterminate blacks, and another 20 percent could not rule out the possibility that this might be true.

As preposterous and paranoid as this may sound, at one time the Tuskegee experiment must have seemed equally far- fetched.

Who could imagine the government, all the way up to the Surgeon General of the United States, deliberately allowing a group of its citizens to die from a terrible disease for the sake of an ill-conceived experiment?

In light of this and many other shameful episodes in our history, African Americans' widespread mistrust of the government and white society in general should not be a surprise to anyone.

Please do respond to my inquiry.

Kira Nowicki