Debate goes on
In response to the November
Debate, “Should the mortgage interest deduction be phased out?”
YES. The tax code caters to too many special
interests. The end result is that the market
adjusts and we have higher housing costs.
NO. I think it’s important to keep the cost of
home buying down. If [the MID] is removed,
it will make it much more difficult to purchase a home and maintain it.
Wrong type of diabetes
The lifestyle changes the author refers to
in the article [“Diabetes-proof your life,”
November 2011] can make vast improvements
in the health of people with Type 2 diabetes.
But they are not sufficient to address
Type 1 diabetes (formerly called “Juvenile
www.jdrf.org), a serious autoimmune disease that affects as many as 3 million Americans of all ages. In Type 1 diabetes,
the body’s immune system attacks and
destroys the insulin-producing cells of the
pancreas. It cannot be prevented by lifestyle
changes, and cannot be treated without medication. There is not yet a cure.
I have to commend Rachel Renee Russell
for being able to fulfill her writing dream
[“Dork Diaries,” November 2011]. I was a
dork in school but I also wrote a lot, mostly
poetry and short stories. My teachers loved
what I submitted and recently I ran across a
notebook full of my treasured writings.
Like Rachel, in college my freshman
English teacher seemed to hate everything I
wrote. Unfortunately it utterly discouraged
me and the inspiration I used to feel left me. It
would be many years before I wrote anything
again. Eventually I got the courage to enter a
contest with a poem and a story; I won both
How refreshing and real to see Caroline
Kennedy’s face—without the false, plastic
look of Botox, no surgical enhancement and
free of the dreadful airbrush—on the cover of
The Costco Connection [November 2011]. It’s
so nice to see a woman secure enough to
show her true beauty. Of course, she’s beautiful. Look at her parents!
I just had to respond to the recent
November issue. I loved all the recipes. Besides
giving me new ways to cook old favorites, it
gave me ideas for my holiday cooking. I can’t
wait to try the Holiday Peanut Butter Cutouts
[page 34] with my granddaughters. The Green
Beans with Orange Essence and Toasted
Pecans [page 32] sounds like a way to “fancy
up” the tried and true standard green bean
recipe, but not overly complicated.
My husband and I just returned from a
cruisetour to Alaska, so when I opened the
latest Costco Connection and saw the article
about cruisetours [“Don’t just cruise, cruisetour!” October 2011], I had to smile.
The cruisetour materialized into a wonderful trip. Without using a cruisetour, we
wouldn’t have been able to get to know Alaska
as a whole. It provided a glimpse of possibilities and a picture of a future vacation. I highly
recommend the cruisetour followed by independent travel.
New Castle, Colorado
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