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letters | race for the senate

Campaign tactics hit home for daughter of asbestos victim

A recent senatorial campaign mailing, labeled “DA NGER — ASBESTOS,” features an angry Elizabeth Warren, supposedly doing battle for big business at the expense of victims. As the daughter of an asbestos victim, I find Senator Scott Brown’s move to smear Warren and obscure fundamental issues both offensive and outrageous.

Although my father died of mesothelioma 43 years ago, I am still incensed by the conspiracy that kept scientific evidence about lethal effects of even brief exposure to the “miracle mineral” hidden from public view for more than 30 years, allowing the industry to mushroom and millions more to suffer fatal contamination. Not a day since his passing has let me forget the staggering costs to my family’s well-being of the early death of a spouse and parent.

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