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Drugs overemphasized

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Following the close of a three-day special session at the United Nations, Vijay Rajkumar, a Nepal-based AIDS adviser for the human rights group Save the Children, told The New York Times, "There has been an overemphasis in this conference about drugs," noting that "the lack of drinking water is a much bigger priority in most countries than anti-retroviral treatments."

Although I'm not an opponent of any human rights group, I would suggest that the message sent by this bloated capitalist initiative is that capitalism has a price. It means to "drum-up" business for pharmeceutical companies. The combination of provisions Congress included in the bill to help fight AIDS internationally by means of incentives for pharmeceutical companies does little to thwart the immediate problem of not having anything to drink.

Kelly Hewitt

Salt Lake City