Letters and Comments


October 2007


The Quandary of Iraq

Fouad Ajami regards any lull in Iraq as an American success, ignoring problems like ethnic cleansing of millions of Iraqis and their flight to Jordan and Syria ["A Decent Outcome for Iraq," October 15].

Iraq is divided along ethnic lines by populations abandoning their homes in fear. The Iraqis ...

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Yours, Mine, Ours

I was disappointed that your series on marriage and finances seemed to encourage separate accounts while making no mention of a household budget as a way to manage family income ["Accountability: His and Hers," October 8].

Marriage is about two people becoming one, and that includes finances. My ...

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Counterfeit Consequences

"Are Your Drugs Safe?" [October 15] hopefully will spark national debate on this important topic.

People who purchase counterfeit medications are at risk for a number of dangerous health consequences. Many counterfeits do not contain genuine active ingredients but rather inert substances that do not ...

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Focus on Family Values

I took offense to Mortimer B. Zuckerman's "Family-Unfriendly Policies" [October 15].

I am the recently divorced mom of a 12-year-old son. As if single parents don't have enough to worry about, now we are told that our kids have a higher chance of doing worse in school and in their careers, all ...

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Democratic Darling?

Hillary Clinton on the U.S. News cover followed by a seven-page dissertation of her hard knocks and lessons learned was fascinating ["A Learning Experience," October 8].

That, coupled with NBC's Meet the Press segment featuring Tim Russert interviewing Bill Clinton about Hillary's campaign and ...

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Keeping Track of Meds

"Drugs That Go Untaken" [October 8] was most informative and brought back painful memories because I was not properly taking my medications.

Because of my foolishness, I ended up in the hospital for 18 days, and a year later, I'm still recovering. I can attest to improved drug adherence by my ...

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Parents Pay the Price

With two daughters approaching their high school years, I was uneasy about what I thought was the sympathtic tone toward some of the situation in which parents found themselves in "A Host of Trouble" [October 8].

Parents are responsible for the welfare and well-being of their children. Adults who ...

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The Sky's the Limit

"Sputnik: A Mixed Legacy" [October 8] implies that scientists can't decide when and if to go back to space.

Putting manned missions aside, the fact is that cost-effective, exciting space exploration has never stopped. Look at the nasa Cassini-Huygens website for amazing images and discoveries around ...

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Children of World War II

The Oct. 15 letter writer who mentioned how World War II affected children (raising money to buy war bonds and stamps, knitting blankets, planting victory gardens) triggered other memories for me ["Wartime Reflections," October 15].

I wrote letters to servicemen on tissue-thin V-mail paper that ...

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Heart Surgery Webcast

I have just finished watching the video of valve repair surgery from the Cleveland Clinic [usnews.com/livesurgery].

Absolutely marvelous! I came at the video from the perspective of having had bypass surgery, as a hospital volunteer who counsels heart surgical patients, and as a hospital board ...

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Retirement Requirements

"Best Places to Retire" [October 1] provides excellent insight into a retiree's needs.

I say this from experience. We have been retired for 13 years and truly enjoy where we live. Central Indiana is a thriving and exciting place to live. It has professional and amateur sports, ncaa headquarters,

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Bundling Campaign Contributions

"A Bunch of Money Trouble" [October 1] asserts that bundling is a result of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (McCain-Feingold), which set contribution limits to individual candidates at $2,300.

McCain-Feingold actually increased contribution limits from $1,000 to $2,300. Contribution ...

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NYC Schools Success

"Changing Direction" [October 1] about remarkable success in certain New York City public schools puts to rest two pervasive myths: that all news is bad and that throwing money at social problems can never lead to positive change.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's savvy channeling of funds with the help of ...

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Mitral Valve Surgery

Thank you for your live broadcast of the mitral valve repair surgery [usnews.com/livesurgery].

My husband, Edward Sloan, is going for surgery in November at Cleveland Clinic. We also saw our doctor, Bruce Lytle, speak with the confidence we needed to hear in another video on your website. This is a ...

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Worthy Wartime Expense

In "No Rest For a Cold Warrior" [October 1], Dick Wientzen stated that the sensors on the U-2 "are good at looking at differences between man-made and natural objects."

The next sentence states that this technology is used regularly over Iraq to detect improvised explosive devices placed along major ...

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Filling Farmworker Gap

"A Bust, And a Blow To a Business" [October 1] is another frustrating example of our government's poor use of taxpayers' money.

Is arresting illegal immigrants working legal jobs that few citizens want to work helping to save taxpayers' money? Working jobs that many refuse to do regardless of pay,

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To Russia, With Love

"U.S. Sees Putin Back in 2012" [Washington Whispers, October 1] includes brief mention of "hundreds of U.S. companies flocking" to Putin's Russia to do business and notes the effects that these American companies are having on the Russian workplace.

This short article is more informative and useful ...

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The Challenge of Iraq

Why is it that Mortimer B. Zuckerman and the media consistently refer to President Bush as extremely partisan ("intense partisanship," as he put it) but rarely refer to Democrats this way ["A Failure of Politics," October 1]?

Zuckerman points this out, yet the rhetoric is reserved for President ...

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Changing the Course of War

"The Battle On the Home Front" [September 24] untangled a web spun by the Bush administration in its report to Congress on the progress of the troop surge in Iraq.

The additional 30,000 troops only achieved tentative success in Anbar province. It has not advanced a political settlement from the ...

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Weighing In on Iran

The idea that the Bush administration is seriously considering military action in Iran is frightening ["Taking Aim at Iran," September 24].

War in Iran is not inevitable, especially when only weak economic sanctions have been levied and there has been "no breakthrough" on bilateral talks. There are ...

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Much Ado About Shoes

Thank you for publishing "Croc and Roll" [September 24], the article featuring the awesome, fascinating shoes—Crocs!

They're fashionable, comfortable, and functional. My friends and I have different types of lifestyles, but these quirky shoes fit our personalities perfectly! School, chores, walking,

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A Hit With Students

The September 24 edition of U.S. News arrived in my mailbox recently.

I like the new look: very fresh and cutting edge. I hope you will reconsider one thing, however. Please return the maps to the National and World Briefs pages. As an educator fighting the rising tide of geographical ignorance ...

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Vet Advantage

I am glad to read that Brendan Hart, an injured Marine veteran, was able to pursue his desire for a college education in a setting that suits him ["From Combat to the Campus," September 24].

 I admire his bravery to find another path for his life when his military career was foiled. I wish Hart ...

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Wartime Reflections

The World War II stories tookme back to the time I was a B-29 flight engineer in the Pacific ["Making History," September 24].

I was fighting for my life, for my family, and to preserve the way of life of our country. This made sense to me. Finally, it all ended on Sept. 2, 1945, and our crew was ...

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One Million Sold: Not Too Shabby

I don't think the iPhone's million sales in under three months is a failure to deliver, as implied by "Apple's Mac Sales Are Surging," [usnews.com].

I'd say that's a pretty good score—and over here in Europe, we're waiting for it as the very first mobile phone designed for those of us who just can't ...

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Feedback from U.S. News Fans

Last week I sent for a subscription to U.S.News & World Report after many years of having let my previous subscription lapse.

I subscribe to U.S. News because the magazine focuses on, as you say, "news you can use"—as opposed to the tabloid mentality on reporting that is so prevalent in today's ...

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