The Washington Post reported on a new "cost-cutting move" by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The NCI, which has a budget of approximately $4.8 billion, canceled its electronic site license for a publication called the Cancer Letter, thereby saving a whopping $48,083. NCI spokesperson Peggy Rhoades said this was "strictly a budget issue" by "budget folks." The NCI also dropped one other subscription, for a total saving of $80,000, about 0.00167% of its budget.
On the other hand, Ellen L. Stovall, President of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, said "The Cancer Letter shines the light of day on the politicization of cancer issues." An anonymous senior NCI investigator said that NCI Director (and acting Food and Drug Administration [FDA]) Director Andrew C. von Eschenbach "clearly did not care for the cancer letter." The Post noted that the Cancer Letter "had been a thorn in the side of von Eschenbach...."
Of course, closing one's ears to criticism doesn't make it any less valid.
"She initially was berated and belittled by university officials, including the president, Mark Yudof, and his staff and sycophants, who portrayed her (and her legal counsel, the late Jim Lord) as a lone wolf in the cheating scheme, and a traitorous ingrate for subsequently blowing the whistle and disclosing it." - Marshall Tanick remembers Jan Gangelhoff and and the U's notorious athletic cheating scandal.
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