Debate goes on In response to the November Debate, “Should the sponsors of political ads be identified?”
PHOTODISC/COMSTOCK/CHRIS A RUSNAK
I have offered these plans for years now
and have many patients who love the idea
of being able to have a certain amount of
credit that they can use interest-free for up
to two years to pay medical bills. I have not
heard a single complaint so far!
Thomas R. Getreuer, DDS
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YES. We all need to know who’s lining the
pockets of politicians.
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NO. The Supreme Court already ruled on
this one and Congress came up with the
DISCLOSE Act to get around the ruling. This
is an attempt to stop free speech.
Greenville, South Carolina
Hearts and minds
I just read with great interest your article
on migraines [“Oh, my aching head!,” November 2010]. I do feel you have left out one
of the most important medical discoveries of
I am 62 years old and for as long as I can
remember have suffered with severe migraine
headaches. These headaches would completely disable me for days at a time.
Three years ago, during a very simple test
the doctor described as a “bubble test,” it was
discovered that I had a hole in my heart. The
cardiologist implanted a small device through
my groin and into my heart, essentially closing the hole. This was outpatient surgery.
Since that day I have been completely migraine free. I am not a doctor, so cannot share
with you all the ins and outs of why this works,
but I can tell you it is an accepted treatment
for ending migraine headaches.
A note to Nora
To Nora Ephron [“From here to infirmity,” November 2010]: How do you know these
things when you are so young?
Your words spoke to me and spoke for me.
Ed Schaffroth, 77
El Cajon, California
Due to unforeseen circumstances,
the release of Gran Turismo 5
(“Hot games for the holidays,”
November 2010) has been delayed.
Credit for healthcare
I take exception to David Horowitz’s
piece [“Healthcare credit cards—boon or
boondoggle?,” November 2010]. While he
may feel that these are just another credit
trap, many practitioners, such as myself,
find these credit programs to be a big help
for the patients using them and for the offices offering them.
In my practice we always explain what
happens if the credit applicant cannot be
sure he can pay the balance off within the
interest-free period. We make it clear that
these are a great deal for the person who
needs 12 or 24 months to pay off a balance,
but that these are a terrible deal if [he or she]
might need more time.
The Peanuts Holiday DVD Collection,
advertised in the November issue,
will not be available.
As a customer of the Jewish faith I want to
commend you for including a couple of pictures for our holiday, Hannukah [Holiday Gift
Guide, November 2010]. Hannukah, being a
celebration mostly geared for children, was
symbolized, very thoughtfully, by the pictures
of a dreidel and the gold-wrapped chocolate
candy. The dreidel represents the game children play and the candy the prizes they win.
Thanks for being so insightful.
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An update for Buying Smart, “How
sweet it is” (November 2010): Due
to consecutive years of crop failure
in both Hawaii and Australia, Costco
has not been able to obtain enough
macadamias to offer the Kirkland
Signature™ Milk Chocolate Salted
Caramel Clusters. Instead, after the
first of the year, Costco will be introducing mixed nut caramel clusters
with pecans, cashews and almonds
in place of the macadamias.
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The Connection received inquiries
about the salad that chef Ina Garten
is preparing in the cover photo of the
November issue. It’s Garten’s Greek
Panzanella recipe and can be found
on page 89 in her new cookbook,
Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?,
available at Costco.—Ed.