Readers Write: Sept. 26

Results of nuclear war beyond imagination

For anyone (particularly Kim Jong Un of North Korea) that might be contemplating a nuclear war, they should read the book written by Pat Frank, titled “Alas, Babylon” and published by Harper Perennial in 1993. This book (although fictional) rather clearly intimates what the civilization of the world would face if such a war were initiated. The book should be required reading for anyone (or any country) contemplating such action. Yes, this is fiction written quite a while ago, but the consequences of such a war actually happening are beyond imagination.

The U.S., the United Nations organization and any other country even thinking about starting such a conflict must be made to understand what is at stake. President Trump, in his speech at the United Nations Convention, has tried to convince the North Korean leaders that their current actions could lead to disastrous consequences. Let’s hope the “Rocket Man” will come to his senses.


Graham-Cassidy bill would devastate patients

Opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill is tremendous. According to the, it is rejected by the AMA (doctors cannot support the bill as it “violates the precept of first do no harm”), the American Psychiatric Association (“This bill harms our most vulnerable patients”), the American Public Health Association (“Graham-Cassidy would devastate the Medicaid program, increase out-of-pocket costs, and weaken or eliminate protections for people living with preexisting conditions”), the Federation of American Hospitals (“It could disrupt access to health care for millions”), the American Academy of Pediatrics, Association of American Medical Colleges, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and AARP.

This bill is cruel, selfish and wrong.