Letters and Comments


November 2008


Recourse to the Mortgage Meltdown

Mortimer B. Zuckerman's recent editorial regarding the housing crisis was focused and insightful ["Obama's Problem No. 1," November 17-24]. However, the statement that "mortgages are 'nonrecourse' " and buyers can just drop "the keys in the mailbox and walk away" is imprecise. Across the board,

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Reader Comment of the Day

I am thankful for all of those that came before us and laid the foundation for our great country and high quality of life. Certainly these are tough times, but our unparalleled history tells us that we will get through them and be even more prosperous in the future.

—Jason Palma of FL

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Reader Comment of the Day

After that grueling campaign, [Barack Obama] should have a vacation. Instead, he is focused on getting to work restoring the stability of this country. I don't want to be dazzled. I want hope and reassurance that we come out of this crisis intact and flourishing. 

—Z. Nixon of CA

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Reader Comment of the Day

Governor Palin has the same type of "star quality" that Obama has, and that has the libs worried. She definitely has an impressive record that she can be proud of and hasn't held back on revealing the person she is rather than allowing herself to be created in some party's image—as Obama has done.

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Reader Comment of the Day

I am so not in favor of the bailout, either of Wall Street or the Big Three [automakers]. Let them tighten their own belts, just like the rest of Americans. The airline industry made it. They laid off workers, cut salaries, reduced traffic...and somehow they have made it through.

—B. Lucas Thrower ...

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The Costs of a Cure

I am a scientist who spent decades studying cancer and agree that we've made great strides in treatments [Editor's Note: "Winning the War on Cancer?" November 3-10]. However, unless we rein in the costs of the biologics developed to treat cancer, no one will benefit but the wealthy. The test for ...

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Cancer Up Close

My two young sons and I spent months walking by the poster-size U.S.News & World Report magazine covers declaring Johns Hopkins as the best hospital while my husband was being treated there for malignant chondrosarcoma in 2004. Despite the efforts of the "best" doctors, Saúl Murcia died in ...

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Reader Comment of the Day

The GOP should adopt a few of the tactics that helped Obama succeed in the election. He embraced the youth of this country in numerous ways, including the use of online engagement to encourage them to get out and vote.

—Helen Smith of VA

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Reader Comment of the Day

The press, amateur bloggers, etc. may control that pendulum between educating and informed feedback, or spinning and misled opinion, because the politicians only control the messages they send; the press, and increasingly the amateur Internet communicators, control what we "hear."

—Brent Ahsmuhs of ...

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American Auto Industry Crisis

I'm not sure why you initially blamed this on "aging factories, inflexible unions, and shoddy quality" ["10 Cars That Sank Detroit," usnews.com]. These are symptoms of bad management. I don't know who American car makers are trying to market to, but over the last 25 years it sure hasn't been me.

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Reader Comment of the Day

This disgusting Wall Street situation has destroyed all of our concepts of retirement, investing for the future, and damaged most of our assumptions regarding the integrity of all financial institutions. This election was a rejection of the Free Enterprise system as we have come to know it, and a ...

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Reader Comment of the Day

It is definitely a good sign that he [President-elect Obama] is not all in the camera. He is actually BUSY. I hope that translates into the sort of policies that we need to rebuild this country's integrity and make it strong again.

—Nat of GA

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Reader Comment of the Day

It is definitely a good sign that he [President-elect Obama] is not all in the camera. He is actually BUSY. I hope that translates into the sort of policies that we need to rebuild this country's integrity and make it strong again.

—Nat of GA

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Reader Comment of the Day

I think if Obama picked a woman for a cabinet position solely because she is a woman, it would be insulting. If he wants to pick a woman for a cabinet position based on values and experience in a particular area, whether that be defense, justice, treasury, or commerce, then that would be a good ...

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Veterans Vent About the VA

With great appreciation, U.S.News & World Report has proved its commitment in providing the necessary and long overdue representation and information to the American people and the world reflecting the unacceptable, dishonorable conduct of the Department of Veterans Affairs and its regional offices ...

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Reader Comment of the Day

Now it seems that the essential bleeding heart liberal in me has turned to pity for the guy [President Bush]. How would you feel if you were told by everyone, including your own party, that you had made a complete hash of the Western world and destroyed the conservative movement?

—Mike Ball of MI

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Reader Comment of the Day

Michelle Obama's decision to support her family (however she chooses to do so) is NOT a decision to forgo a "career." I'd like to see women stop trying to define what it means to be a successful woman.

—Rosie of CO

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Sticking Up for Sarah

You guys don't get it. Evangelicals couldn't care less what you have to say about Sarah Palin or anything anymore ["Sarah Palin Was as Bad as We Thought," usnews.com]. You blew it big time with us! It's the values stupid, and none of the mainstream media has any. You'll never convince us that Sarah ...

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Election Ironies

I have mixed emotions today, as Barack Obama exceeded all of my hopes and dreams to rise above and become the first black president (in the interest of full disclosure I am a white, middle-class female who feels that race played no part in my decision but can appreciate the victory the black ...

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Reader Comment of the Day

I have always been of the opinion that once the election has been decided, that we come together as Americans and support our President. Too often in recent years, this office has faced far too much ridicule and disrespect.

Jeff Brown of VA

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Schools' Success Stories

I thoroughly enjoyed your coverage on school reform in "An Education Evolution" [October 27]. Reading about reformers like Washington, D.C., Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee inspired hope that America's public schools system can, in fact, provide an internationally competitive education. Though I ...

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Economic Problem Solvers

Mortimer B. Zuckerman's editorial that the government must do something to avoid a recession is wrong ["Avoiding a Deep Recession," October 27]. The best thing government can do is stay the hell out of it. Of course, this will never happen because there has never been a politician who can see ...

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Oil Exploration Irony

After reading "The Race for the Arctic" [October 13-20], I had to laugh at the irony of the whole thing. We are seeing the effects of global warming worsening every year, yet we still just don't get it. The burning of fossil fuels is part of what's causing the ice in the Arctic to melt. We can't ...

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The Burden of Payment

In "Is Healthcare Armageddon Next?" [October 13-20], Dr. Bernadine Healy mentioned that single payer healthcare was not a feasible option. How do you come to this conclusion? According to the 2008 World Health Organization report, the United States spends 15.2 percent on healthcare as a percentage ...

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