Archives: 2003 December

Acceptable Risks in the Marketplace

December 30th, 2003, No Comments

To the Editor, Risk assessments for the fate of consumers of beef infected with Mad Cow disease, illustrates the major problem in American consumer affairs. Other people are estimating consumer risks for us. Materials from infected cows are used in products unrelated to the food industry such as cosmetics and vaccines. We are supposed to […]

Putting God Back in Politics

December 28th, 2003, No Comments

To the Editor, The Almighty is not running for elected office. Would someone please explain to me why every politician wishes to act as His campaign manager and collect contributions to His Action Committee? If the current wave of “compassionate conservatism” has somehow received Divine approval, I want to file a FOIA request in order […]

Why is the Medical Equivalent of “Pro Bono” Work a Crime?

December 27th, 2003, No Comments

To the Editor, It is understandable that insurers would have deductibles and co-payments to offset the full burden of medical costs for insured parties. They are, after all, in business to make a profit and are basically gambling on the fact that premiums from their healthier clients will cover costs engendered by their sick clients. […]

Bush donors get chance to Convey Confidence in USDA testing Procedures!

December 27th, 2003, No Comments

To the Editor, I am relieved that the Bush campaign staff is serving USDA approved hot dogs and hamburgers to their wealthy donors at fundraising events. Will they or won’t they eat these offerings? I think these business executives and CEO’s should all choose the beef as a vote of confidence in the administration’s policies […]

Medicare isn’t about Medicine

December 24th, 2003, No Comments

To the Editor, This “business” article debates the rights of doctors to determine which brands of drugs are necessary to their treatment plans. Differences between generic and original formulations are frequently detectable to sensitive individuals. The fact that special laws must be passed to enable doctors to consider such factors at all is an abrogation […]

The Good Doctor

December 23rd, 2003, No Comments

To the Editor: Thank you for publishing this important piece by Ms. Karen Charman about Dr. Shafey. I became acquainted with the good doctor’s struggles back in 1999 when I found myself on the front lines of a pesticide war here in my home town of New York City. As I assisted in collecting data […]

Dreams and Glory

December 20th, 2003, No Comments

To the Editor, With all due respects to Mr. Brooks, (“Dreams and Glory“, 12/16), your columnist’s opinions on the differences between Bush’s and Dean’s world views are as empty as the prevailing mode of thought he glorifies in this column. Mr. Brooks says it himself, “Every time he (Bush) is called upon to utter an […]

Chirac Backs Law to Keep Signs of Faith Out of School

December 18th, 2003, No Comments

To the Editor, As usual, the French vision of its “republic” is based upon false visual impressions of uniformity instead of the enforcement of non-discrimination laws and the teaching of tolerance. One cannot compare the wearing of a cross, a purely voluntary display, with the observance of mandated religious principles by Muslims and Jews expressed […]

Dow to pay $2M for making false pesticide safety claims

December 17th, 2003, No Comments

To the Editor, This article confirms what many of us have long known about environmental enforcement. No one is “minding the store”. The NYS Attorney General was quoted as stating …”he was surprised $2 million is apparently the largest pesticide penalty.” If Mr. Spitzer, a long time proponent for the removal of pesticides from our […]

Another Battle for Bush

December 15th, 2003, No Comments

To the Editor, I beg to differ with Mr. Herbert’s most cogent review of the Bush administration’s relationship with labor (“Another Battle for Bush“). These facts reflect upon the successful conclusion of previous battles fought by the executive branch. Results include people vying for fewer jobs with longer hours at lower wages; more nonworking persons […]

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