Myasthenia gravis (MG) [“Myasthenia
Gravis Awareness Month,” June 2012] can
strike dogs, too. Some symptoms are: sleeps
with one or two eyes open; megaesophagus,
which causes food and liquid aspiration into
the lungs, producing a frequent hacking
cough or clearing of throat and hoarseness;
and a wobbly back end.
It appears that the article’s original text used
the word “arachnid,” which was replaced
(incorrectly) by the word “spider.”—Ed.
In response to the June Debate,
“Do the benefits of Super PACs
outweigh the criticisms?”
Debate goes on
YES. Equal opportunity for all. We need fresh
new faces and ideas in politics.
When killing bugs, don’t kill the trees
While controlling mosquitos is an important health issue, I would like to offer some
clarification about your recommendation to
fill in holes in trees that trap water.
Many of the materials that a homeowner
might use to fill holes in trees may contain
ingredients that would be toxic to the tree,
which could enlarge the hole even further,
allowing entry of disease and decay.
Furthermore, if a tree has a wound large
enough to hold water and mosquitos, then
the tree may need to be assessed for decay or
structural integrity by a certified arborist.
If a tree hole is a breeding location for
mosquitos, I would recommend sponging out
the water after heavy rains, putting a teaspoon
of vegetable oil in the water to inhibit mosquito breeding, or contact a certified arborist
to assess the potential for removing the
branch with the hole.
NO. Everyone has the right to free speech, but
not the right to shout out other voices. Super
PACs give anonymous, unaccountable groups
the power to dominate the marketplace of
ideas. That’s not fair.
I was reading The Costco Connection and
noticed “Fraud prevention? Check, please”
[“Credit score crash course,” June 2012]. Since
I had this task on my to-do list, I went to
Costco.com and ordered security checks at
about half the price of my regular provider. I
never thought of ordering checks through
We look forward to each issue of The
Costco Connection. I was very thankful to find
the info on checks, and, as usual, Costco
saved us money.
International Society of Arboriculture
YES. Super PACs provide another opportunity to understand the issues and make an
NO. Super PACs allow special interests to
operate in the shadows, and the lack of transparency of these interests is not healthy for
either political party, or our society.
Clinton, North Carolina
Not all arachnids are spiders
I had to address an inaccuracy in the
“What’s your vector?” definition [“Buzz off!,”
It is correct except for spiders. Some
spiders have toxic venom, and some people
have an allergic reaction to spider bites. But
spiders are not vectors of diseases of humans
It is unfortunate that the article listed spiders first, as most people already have the
misconception that all spiders should be
killed, when, in fact, most are beneficial in
killing insect pests ... even those found in
homes and other buildings.
Grants Pass, Oregon
from the Internet
chicken is delicious by
itself as an entrée, but for
those occasions when you
can’t finish it all, what do you do
with the leftovers? We’d love to
hear your tips and recipes. Please
send them to
Are you creative
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