Raging in the Streets
Regarding your "Iran vs. Iran" cover story [June 29]: I am an Iranian who wishes to convey to everyone who is fighting in Iran in a way we and our parents were not able to that we are humbled by the dedication you have displayed during the protests. Every night, Iranians have flooded the streets of Westwood, Los Angeles, wearing the colors of the campaign for freedom and carrying flags and candles. Children who have never played in the green pastures of Shomal have rallied among their parents holding pictures of those killed and flyers reading NEDA, WE WILL NEVER FORGET. You have done more for us than we could ever do for you. You have brought a community together: Jew or Muslim, we agree we are Iranian first, that our 7,000-year-old heritage and culture are housed on the same ancient dirt you are shedding your blood on. Your bravery will not be in vain. You've kindled a light in us that will not die out until your voices are heard and your votes counted. Orly Minazad, LOS ANGELES
I was disappointed Joe Klein spent only 10 days in Iran, mostly in and around Tehran, and wrote a story speculating that nearly 50% of the Iranian people voted for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He should have talked to us Iranians who travel all over Iran and know how detested Ahmadinejad is in most jurisdictions. Please talk to more Iranians; you'll see that they overwhelmingly support a pro-Western, democratic government and not the rule of force and dark obscurantism. Darius Adle, LOS ANGELES
Hard Data on Health Reform
Re your story on Barack Obama's plan for health-care reform [June 29]: I am embarrassed that my Senators, Jon Kyl and John McCain, are fighting so hard to maintain the status quo on health care and health insurance. Their employer, the U.S. government, is the single payer in their system, but if the rest of us were to get exactly the same coverage, it would be--gasp!--Socialized Medicine. I have to assume these gentlemen have no idea what it would cost to replace their coverage, given their ages and pre-existing conditions, in the free market they admire so much. David Kelly, TUCSON, ARIZ.
Punishing the Mayo Clinic financially for efficiently and effectively providing Medicare services is just one failing of our health-care system. Attempts to lower Medicare costs, even those now under consideration, focus on lower fees--a maneuver well known to increase the number of services, many unneeded, and actually increase total costs. Truly effective care can be delivered only by integrated, cohesive, properly incentivized, Mayo-like multispecialty medical groups with strong leadership and a commitment to quality. Unfortunately, legislation pending in Congress ignores this need. Charles V. Allen, M.D., MODESTO, CALIF.
You left out the elephant in the room: the patient. Most of what we do in health care now is treat diseases of lifestyle, including lack of exercise and unhealthy eating. We need more than mere reform; we need to restructure our priorities. Charles J. Huebner, M.D., PETOSKEY, MICH.
About 38% of adults now use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Any health-care debate should include the potential benefits of integrating evidence-based CAM into conventional medicine. Joel Christie, BELLEAIR BLUFFS, FLA.
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