Local Reaction to Stem Cell Veto

President Bush vetoed legislation this week which would have allocated federal money for embryonic stem cell research. The issue has been a hot topic at the Elba Senior Center, especially with one elderly couple.

Supporters of the research say it could lead to medical breakthroughs in the search for a cure for Alzheimer’s and diabetes.

Albert and Clarice Hodges will celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary next month.

Clarice recently was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

The couple also has a grandson who suffers with diabetes.

“I think they should allow all the resources to help people. I feel that way on account of my grandson and Alzheimer people,” said Hodges.

Several national polls show an overwhelming support for stem cell research.

Congress failed to come up with a super majority to overturn the president's veto.


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