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letters | examining a gift at MIT

Generosity aside, David Koch has some explaining to do

Access to high-quality affordable child care is a key issue for biologists as well as for other workers, but the Oct. 4 article “Scientists at MIT get prized gift of day care,” singing the praises of David H. Koch, came off as more of a public relations piece than an actual news report. It would be newsworthy to ask Koch why, if he is concerned for the health and welfare of MIT researchers, he cannot extend that same concern to the many millions of Americans who, up to now, have lacked health insurance. Indeed, news reports indicate that Koch and his brother, Charles, continue to fund efforts to fight the Affordable Care Act.

It would also be newsworthy to ask Koch why, if he is so interested in science, he also, according to news reports, has helped to fund efforts to combat the findings of climate science. MIT, along with other prominent nonprofits, would apparently rather take the money without asking these hard questions, but that is no reason for the Globe to acquiesce in this silence.

Ben Lieberman


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