In “A mere mortal after all, Obama plunges down to the real world” (Opinion, Sept. 4), Charles Krauthammer abandons substantive debate on health care reform in favor of fueling the culture wars, and pushes a self-fulfilling prophecy he incomprehensibly views as desirable. He doesn’t miss a chance to marshal every loaded metaphor and stereotype. Why the fear of progress? Who stands to benefit?
Jan Rice, Atlanta
Atlanta’s many problems seem horribly familiar
Does anyone else feel that Atlanta is on a slippery slope to possibly becoming our next Detroit? Corruption, lack of leadership, job loss, shrinking economic base and deteriorating infrastructure — the signs are there for those who want to see.
Rather than continued in-fighting within the city, why not cooperative programs that put the city first — or is this just too much to ask for? Linn Matthews, Atlanta
Doctor’s answer prompts a few questions
In response to Dr. M. Todd Williamson’s “no” answer to a public option (“Pro and Con: Public option?” News, Sept. 6): You say you are against the proposed public care option because it would have patients relinquish the freedom to choose a doctor to “cost-savings-driven bureaucrats.” Do you think insurance companies are not driven by cost savings?
You say that Medicare has become the “only health insurance option for seniors.” I am a senior, and I do have insurance options. I can go to the private insurance sector and choose Medigap insurance from a number of suppliers to give me more extensive coverage. Jane Terry, Decatur
A thousand pages? A thousand times, no!
Someone please explain to me how a bill of over 1,000 pages, that no one has really read, studied or understands the cause and effect of, is going to be the penicillin shot for health care. The current problem is partially the result of government interference. Now look at all the government-run programs, and how successful they are. Yes, health care needs to be adjusted, but 1,000-plus pages is not the answer. One thousand-plus pages: penicillin, or a laxative? A little common sense, please.
Cosby Smith, Elberton