This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The Missouri Department of Health’s new report failing to link piles of uranium, thorium and radium to cancers in current residents of North St. Louis County is just like the old joke about a man who is searching for his car keys under a streetlight. When a passerby asks him where he had last seen the keys, he points toward a dark alley nearby.
"Then why aren't you looking over there?" asks the bystander.
The man looks up and replies, "Because the light is better over here."
The Department of Health looked where the light was shining, not where we think the keys were lost.