Opinion

November 14, 2012

Charles Oliver: What’s a bad check here or there?

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The Manatee, Fla., sheriff’s office has charged Joseph Nicholas Harris with employing two unlicensed telephone sales people at his air conditioning business, a third-degree felony. Harris faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted. Last year, Republican state senators blocked a bill that would have removed licensing requirements for telemarketers and a number of other professions including interior designers, hair braiders and ballroom dance instructors.

Caroline Cassin suffers from cystic fibrosis and could die unless she receives a new drug called Kalydeco. The manufacturer has offered to provide the drug for free for a limited time. But officials at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham, England, refuse to administer the drug. They say it would be unethical to give her the drug under the deal, only to stop treatment when it ends. The National Health Service has not yet approved the use of the drug.

Charles Oliver is a staff writer for The Daily Citizen. Got a suggestion for It Couldn’t Happen Here? Email it to him at charlesoliver@daltoncitizen.com.

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