Saturday, April 3, 2010

Coalition comprises some great folks

Stem cell research has been a win-win proposition for this writer since I first became aware of its seemingly limitless possibilities half a decade ago.

We all remember the political warfare over the ballot issue in 2006 that was approved by a microscopic margin. It was a bitter battle that is still a divisive issue simmering just below the surface, waiting to find its way back to the ballot.

We’ll not rehash the alleged moral and ethical issues here but will leave those up to the folks with whom we visit today.

I want you to meet Columbian Margaret Tollerton, one of four regional organizers for the Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, Jim Goodwin, the group’s communications director, and Kenny Murdock, faith and minority outreach coordinator.

Margaret and Jim are former Tribune employees. Margaret was in display advertising in the mid-1980s, and Jim covered county commission in 2002-03.

First — the coalition is just that, founded in 2004 to provide information about stem cell research as the issue of approval was headed to the 2006 ballot. Today, more than 100 patient, medical and state groups and 65,000 individual members, including a wide array of medical and science leaders, form the coalition.

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