A March 14 article White House backing off surgeon general, for now indicated opposition from the National Rifle Association may be enough to shoot down the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy for the nation’s top public health position, and that is certainly cause for concern.
Murthy, Miami Palmetto Senior High’s 1994 valedictorian, magna cum laude biochemical sciences graduate in three years from Harvard and holder of medical doctor and healthcare management degrees from Yale, has significant backing from the national medical community.
However, Murthy seems to have run afoul of some gun-toting senators who are upset that he wrote a letter to Congress in support of gun control following the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. They question whether his commitment is to science or politics.
It doesn’t take a scientist, a politician or a political scientist to know that presidential nominations involve politics, and President Obama’s tapping of Murthy is no exception. Let’s move ahead with Murthy’s nomination. He’ll be there to treat the wounded the next time they shoot themselves in the foot.
Lori A. Baer, Hollywood