Letters and Comments

May 2008

Surgeries Worth the Journey

Thank you for exposing the inequities in the rates patients pay for surgeries at American as opposed to foreign hospitals in "Under the Knife in Bangalore" [May 12].

In 2003 when I needed major back surgery, I found that my non-group health insurer had not contracted with my local hospital, where my ...

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Operation Save Money

The May 12 issue had a list of many hospitals around the world where Americans can have surgery at prices far below those of American hospitals ["Destinations for Medical Travelers"].

My mother was very pleased to have a total hip replacement done in Bangkok in December 1979. After that she was able ...

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The Path to Fair Health Care

I read with interest Bernadine Healy's comments on medical transparency to help patients make better economic choices ["Harry and Louise Strike Again," May 12].

How about us doctors? Every week we spend thousands of dollars ordering lab tests, imaging studies and procedures, and we too are in Macy's ...

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Preacher Problems

In "Reverend Wright's Wrongs" [May 12], Mortimer Zuckerman takes Rev. Jeremiah Wright to task for his views and their effect on Sen. Barack Obama's campaign and the issue of race.

It seems to me that all of this has also revealed some things about Sen. Obama that the nation's voters should know ...

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Energy Use Ideas

I think it is time much more effort is put forth to promote all kinds of solutions to our energy problems ["Can America Use Less Energy?" April 28-Mary 5].

Our politicians must get their heads out of the sand and take the initiative to inform and motivate all Americans, this was done during World ...

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From the Editor

Happy birthday to us. This month U.S. News is 75 years old. (The World Report came later.)

Starting on Page 44, we give you some highlights of where we've been. We tried not to get too carried away. Sure, it's an accomplishment for any institution to succeed for this long. And our history overlaps ...

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Of Economics and Energy

While your cover story "Why America Needs an Energy Diet" [April 28-May 5] may be correct, I suggest that a more pressing need is for a practical and sane national energy policy.

Interestingly, the Washington Whispers cartoon on Page 12 of the same issue offers a number of possibilities. Our ...

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Condom Quandary

"Why the Pope is Wrong About Condoms" [April 28-May 5], about Catholic Bishop Kevin Dowling of South Africa's approval of the use of condoms to prevent the spread of aids, provided a breath of fresh air and reason.

Besides the AIDS crisis, the realities of overpopulation, global warming, rising food ...

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A Path Less Taken?

Your review of Alan Corey's book, A Million Bucks by 30, began by citing his "unconventional saving techniques" like "reusing the same popcorn bag for months to get free refills" ["A Million Reasons to Smile," April 28-May 5].

When I ask my university students what their goals in life are, they ...

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More Reactions to Big Government

Your closing comment, "Maybe all Americans really want is a bit of effective government," is correct ["The Return of Big Government," April 21].

Big government, restarted by Clinton and carried on by Bush, has shown that it does not work regardless of what Congress or the President thinks. There is ...

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Presidents and Legacies

In "Deferring to the Generals" [April 21], Kenneth T. Walsh stated that "Lyndon Johnson micromanaged the Vietnam War and counted on Gen. William Westmoreland to win, but it couldn't be done."

Lyndon Johnson did micromanage the war, but he would not let General Westmorland win the war. I worked as a ...

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Virtual Reality

"The Ignorant American" [March 10] interview with Susan Jacoby was an eye opener.

It threw a powerful light on the shameful indifference of our students toward learning foreign languages and about the countries where those languages are spoken. But the more serious problem lies in their inability to ...

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Taking on Big Government

What do you mean "The Return of Big Government" [April 21]?

 What do you think we've had during the Bush years if not record-breaking big spending—too much of it on the war in Iraq and billions more approved by a Republican-controlled Congress in the first six years? Rather than pouring billions ...

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Correction: "Trouble in the Grocery Aisle" [May 12] reported that General Mills reduced the number of chocolate chips in its turtle cookies. Rather, the company says it changed how the chocolate chips were distributed in the cookie dough.

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Working Class Struggle

I didn't hear these same conservatives complaining when Uncle Sam spent billions to bail out or grant generous subsides to large corporate organizations; but just mention cutting a few dollars off of the mortgage payments that many Americans are struggling to pay and they start coming out of the ...

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Bailing on Bailouts

Any government bailout of either borrowers or lenders would have to be financed with money taxed from other people—and that would be utterly unjust ["McCain Joins the Bailout Bunch," "Capital Commerce," usnews.com].

Lenders knew—or should have known—the risks of making loans to individuals who had ...

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Riders Weigh In

The 3-Day Event is a very demanding sport of both horse and rider ["Riding Kills Horses, Too," "To the Contrary," usnews.com].

As with any sport that requires an all out effort, accidents happen. People are injured, horses are injured. However, Bonnie Erbe neglected to point out a very, very ...

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Women and Lung Cancer

Thanks to Bernadine Healy, M.D. for her column "Hormones, Heart, and Cancer" [usnews.com].

This new data from The Women's Health Initiative adds urgency to the need for further study into the relationship between hormones and cancer, especially lung cancer. Lung cancer statistics should concern ...

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In Search of Primary Care

I am a longtime practicing primary-care physician.  I enjoy my work immensely. However, I see firsthand many of the problems pointed out in your article "Need a Doctor? Too Bad," [April 7-14].

As a teacher of medical students myself, I see that graduates coming out of medical school take into ...

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