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I enjoyed reading the very instructive
article by Rita Colorito “Hear, there and everywhere: Why hearing loss matters and new
ways to prevent it” [October 2014].
As we age, and our hearing loss progresses
due to the aging process, it behooves everyone
to learn how to speak to those of us who are
hard of hearing. I cannot tell you how many
times I have to ask a speaker to speak directly
into the microphone, instead of turning from
side to side, or how often I have to ask physicians, nurses or technicians to please speak
directly to me rather than facing a computer
or looking down at a chart while talking to me.
And don’t yell, that only makes matters worse!
Speak more clearly and more distinctly.
Lake Worth, Florida
Your article “Closer to the land” [October
2014] on winemakers adopting earth-friendly
approaches in their vineyards was a good
overview as California’s residents and vintners
grapple with climate change and drought.
I am a huge fan of author Ken Follett and
have read nearly all his books. However, the
article refers to Pillars of the Earth as part of a
trilogy and I believe there are only two books
in the series: Pillars of the Earth and World
You are correct. There are two books in the
Pillars series, and three books in the Century
Toys that teach
Your article on My Friend Huggles
[“Dolls with a difference,” October 2014]
makes a clear point that toys are far from
frivolous for kids’ development. Toys need to
be fun to do their job, but they can be so
much more, as in the case of My Friend
Huggles. A doll that gives companionship,
encourages creative play and develops important character traits is an essential part of
childhood. Bravo to Brenda Katz!
A note on diabetes
The article [“Managing diabetes,”
September 2014] by Dr. Sanaz Majd left me
Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are completely different diseases, yet discussions and
articles about diabetes rarely make that distinction clear. People with Type 1 diabetes
had no role in acquiring the disease. It is an
autoimmune disease where the insulin-pro-ducing beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed
and the pancreas can no longer produce this
vital hormone. There is no cure, and people
with Type 1 diabetes must either take multiple
injections of insulin each day or wear an insulin pump. Type 2 diabetes can be managed by
increasing exercise and changing the diet. No
medication or diet or amount of exercise will
reverse Type 1 diabetes.
Mary Ann Gallagher
Our apologies. The distinction between the
two types of diabetes should have been made
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In response to the
“Should utilities be
required to bury
NO. Among several reasons are the dangers of [striking] hidden power lines if one
were to do construction, and flooding,
which could cause power outages.
YES. With climate change and the increase
in the frequency and strength of storms
and flooding, it is increasingly imperative
to bury the lines. It is also aesthetically