Debate goes on In response to the August Debate, “Is traffic photo enforcement a good idea?”
YES. Ultimately, by heightening awareness
[with traffic photo enforcement], there won’t
be as many violations as there are now.
Lake Zurich, Illinois
Nursed to good health
I enjoyed your article “Speak up for
good care” [Consumer Connection, August
2010] and felt that the suggestions given
were on target. In today’s healthcare environment, patients must advocate for their
care and partner with their provider to have
their needs managed in a timely and cost-effective manner.
I would like to point out that doctors aren’t
the only healthcare providers that patients
come into contact with. In the primary-care
setting and even in specialty practice, there are
many mid-level providers, nurse practitioners
and physician assistants giving safe, high-quality and affordable care. It would be good to
remember this when instructing patients to
“discuss this with your doctor” since many
patients see a nurse practitioner or physician
assistant as their only healthcare provider.
Nicol Hedgpeth, NP, MSN, AOCN
I enjoyed your article on Costco Travel [“A
decade of deals,” July 2010]. I wanted to let you
know of my latest experience booking through
Costco Travel. My wife and I have cruised for
many years, but this was the first time we compared prices with Costco Travel. For the same
ship, same suite and same sailing date we
saved $713 over Holland America’s price, plus
received a $50 shipboard credit. The savings
included Costco Travel insurance.
Thank you, Costco Travel. I saved enough
to pay for my Executive membership for the
next seven years!
NO. The system is full of flaws and loopholes.
It is also an invasion of one’s privacy.
YES. Since these have been installed [in our
area], I have seen more people obeying the
signals and fewer people running lights.
No wishy-washy advice
Thanks for your home tips [“Did you
know?”, August 2010]. I really loved the tip
about cleaning the detergent cup. Putting
the measuring cup for liquid laundry detergent into the wash is a wonderful idea for
top-loading machines, but not front loaders. I learned the hard way. In a front loader,
the cup can get stuck in those rubber door
sealers that keep the water from leaking
out of the front door. When it happens, it’s
a visit from the Maytag repairman, which
means (a) your machine is unusable until
it’s repaired, and (b) it’s a costly repair. He
actually said that this mistake was the most
common reason for his visits to repair the
Maytag Neptune front loaders.
Cynthia Weed Johnson
Colon cancer test
Thank you for the article by Shelley
Lawson on preventing colon cancer [“You can
prevent colon cancer,” July 2010]. The last
paragraph mentioned that many state and
local health departments have programs to
help uninsured people gain access to colon
cancer screening, i.e., colonoscopy.
I am one of those uninsured people who
has put off this very expensive test for monetary reasons. I followed through on the information, found out that I do qualify and am
scheduled for the test. Thanks for this valuable information.
NO. I think the technology is flawed. I think
it is primarily for revenue generation as
opposed to traffic safety.
Gates Mills, Ohio
Filibuster fact checker
It is unfortunate that a respondent to your
July debate question, “Should it be harder to
filibuster?,” who answered “No” [Dialogue,
“Debate goes on,” August 2010] knows little of
our history or our Constitution.
The first filibuster (the word comes
from the Spanish word that means “pirate”)
in U.S. Senate history began in 1841 over the
issue of the firing of Senate printers and
lasted six days.
The filibuster was not a part of the Constitution and it was not considered by its framers
IF YOU’RE preserving foods (“Perfect for
preserving,” August 2010) and you live at
a higher altitude, experts recommend
increasing the processing times for
safety. This is because water boils at
lower temperatures as altitude increases,
and lower boiling temperatures are less
effective at killing bacteria.
In general, add 1 minute to the processing time for every 1,000 feet in altitude, or 2 minutes per 1,000 feet if the
original processing time is more than 20
minutes. For altitudes higher than 5,000
feet, consider using a steam-pressure
canner, which will allow for accurate
processing time without overcooking
I was very impressed by all of the volunteer work Costco employees are doing in their
communities. Kudos to you for encouraging
that. I have a suggestion for another place
employees can get involved—it’s called
Comfort Zone Camp (
camp.org). Comfort Zone Camp is a weekend
camp for grieving children (ages 7 to 17) who
have lost a parent or sibling, and was the
vision of a woman named Lynn Hughes who
had lost both of her parents by the time she
Thank you, Costco, for your commitment to make our communities a better place.
Costa Mesa, California
8 ;e Costco Connection SEPTEMBER 2010
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