By Michael Goldstein
By Dennis Romero
By Sarah Fenske
By Matthew Mullins
By Patrick Range McDonald
By LA Weekly
By Dennis Romero
By Simone Wilson
PHYSICIAN, HEAL THYSELF
Re: “The Bad Doctor” [January 10–16]. Thank you, Doug Ireland, for boldly stating the case about Senator Bill Frist. By all accounts, Bill Frist is a very competent physician and on occasion “a Good Samaritan.” He is also, however, a multimillion-dollar stakeholder in his family’s for-profit enterprise, Health Corporation of America (HCA). HCA has, so far, paid $1.7 billion in penalties for fraud, i.e., for diverting precious senior-health-care dollars to illicit personal gain. Given this monumental conflict of interest, Senator Frist, ethically, has no other choice than to recuse himself from legislative activity in health matters.
I was directed to your site by way of a link — to a very funny story you ran about Bill Frist — from an equally hysterical Web site, www.whatreallyhappened.com. You liberals are really good for a laugh. You have no idea why your numbers are dwindling so quickly. Please keep up the good work!
—James Trimble St. Louis, Missouri
THE GIT FACTOR
Although I agree with Brendan Bernhard’s sentiments on the reality-based televison show The It Factor [“American Asshole,” Box Populi, January 10–16], I have to wonder if he’s lost touch with reality. Yes, it would be nice to see a show about struggling actors who possess some semblance of insight, or perhaps aren’t completely narcissistic and self-obsessed. But the sad truth is, a reality-based show featuring actors like that wouldn’t be based in anything resembling reality.
—California Watson Los Angeles
WISH YOU WERE HERE
Re: “The New Year’s Eve Riot You Didn’t Hear About” [January 10–16]. I love the way Alec Hanley Bemis writes. He made me feel like I was there. I wish I had been. It sounds like it was a blast. I am a reader who usually reads one or two paragraphs, and if I don’t like the way a story is written (no matter the subject), I will lose interest quickly and quit, or force myself to find what the point is and skip a lot of the stuff. Bemis’ article made me laugh and smile.
—V.A. Salazar Victorville
An article last week on instant runoff voting, “What Democracy Votes Like” [January 17–23], incorrectly identified someone being criticized in the last paragraph. Dave Robinson chastised Steve Chessin — not Steven Hill — for suggesting in a proposed letter to the editor that runoff voting is more popular among “progressive” voters. Hill is dedicated to promoting runoffs as a nonpartisan alternative to the current system.
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