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  • Resuming Progress on Lead Poisoning

    by Rick Reibstein

    March 31, 2018

    Lead diminishes our capacities to be reasonable, to use good judgment, to control ourselves, and to think. Despite this, the current administration is cutting funding for lead programs to only half of what the National Center for Healthy Housing, the leading source for experts, recommends. Rick Reibstein was once an Environmental Protection Agency attorney and now is a Lecturer on Environmental Law and Policy at Boston University. In this post, he presents an argument against this reduction, and advocates for recognition of the seriousness of the lead contamination problem.

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  • STATEMENT OF BRUCE MILLER TO THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS IN SUPPORT OF SENATE BILL NO. 1194 AND HOUSE BILL NO. 1149

    by Bruce K. Miller

    March 30, 2018

    The Feinstein Report, issued by the U.S. Senate in December of 2014, confirmed the CIA’s long suspected use of techniques amounting to torture of detainees held at so-called Black Sites around the world, between 2001 and 2006. The CIA made use of licensed American psychologists in fashioning, promoting, and applying these techniques, and used their status as healthcare professionals to defend the practice as safe, effective, and legal. Professor Bruce K. Miller, who authors this post, has taught constitutional law and federal litigation courses at Western New England University School of Law since 1980. He argues before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health in support of Massachusetts passing the first bill in the nation that requires health care providers to not “engage, directly or indirectly, in the torture or abusive treatment of a prisoner,” or “participate in the interrogation of a prisoner.”

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