YES. It’s unfortunate that it has come down
to this, but people of certain ethnic and religious backgrounds have a much higher probability to commit terrorist acts against the
U.S. at this time. Anyone acting suspiciously
also has to be checked.
Bruce Shimizu, Kaneohe, Hawaii
GE T T Y IMAGES
NO. Did everyone suddenly forget that the
second most heinous terrorist act in the country, the Oklahoma City bombing, was committed by two white males?
Lance McDowell, Tacoma, Washington
might have been free in the past. Our overhead
costs rise annually while insurance companies
and Medicare have cut what we get paid by not
raising fees over the last five years. Medical
insurance generally pays for office/hospital visits, and that’s it. You can’t get free service by
phone or e-mail from a lawyer or accountant,
so why does he think you should get free services from a doctor? If patients want non-visit
care, they can either pay each time or, in some
practices, enter a retainer agreement where
these services are provided for a monthly fee.
Dr. Roy L. Bishop, Durham, California
Debate goes on
In response to the November
Debate, “Should airport security
procedures include ethnic and
NO. I don’t think airport security personnel
should target only young Arab men.
Diane Yankelevitz, Bozeman, Montana
Y ES. It is just common sense. I am not advocating the suspension of civil rights, but I
think the increased safety of the majority,
even at the possible inconvenience and embarrassment of a few, is necessary.
Massapequa Park, New York
I was shocked to see Daniel Pipes’ picture
and to read his venom-filled comments in The
Costco Connection magazine. Pipes’ mission in
life is to speak and write against Muslims. His
comments do not belong in a corporate magazine such as The Costco Connection.
B. Bhombal, Monrovia, California
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I love Costco and I love seeing Costco
expand, but when I read the cover story of
the October 2006 issue
of The Connection, I
found Taiwan listed as
a country along with
profiles of countries in
which Costco operates. That’s really confusing, because only a
few countries in the
world officially consider
Taiwan an independent country, even though
it has its own government, army and passport.
I would refer to it as Taiwan, China, or
perhaps list Taiwan under a territory category.
As of today, neither the United States nor the
United Nations considers Taiwan a country.
These Web sites offer more information:
Frank Lew, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Odds and ends
More than integrity
I totally agree with the article
“Following a Moral Compass”
[October 2006 issue]. As a small-business owner I am always researching ways to support the people who
work with me. The article talks about
treating employees with integrity. I
would love to see a follow-up article
that covers how a small company can
move from independent contractors to
employees and then to providing health
insurance and paid parental leave. I want to
do right, but it is all overwhelming!
Erica Matteson, Portland, Oregon
Charitable giving revisited
In the November issue of The Costco
Connection (which I love to read), on
page 23, an article titled “Charitable
choices,” says, “The IRS allows tax
deductions on charitable contribu-
tions of up to 5 percent of pretax
income.” I believe this is a typo.
Did you mean 50 percent? I
know that the IRS allows way
more than 5 percent.
You’re correct; the figure in the story should
have read “ 50 percent.”
The Connection apologizes
for the typo.—Ed.
The doctor fights back
I fail to see why David Horowitz complains about doctors’ fees for services that
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