DEBATE GOES ON
In response to the June Debate, “Should we eliminate anonymous comments online?”
NO [It’s about] freedom of speech. Let people judge
what they read.
—Pat Almond Hoyland-Smith,
YES I think if someone has something to say, he/she
should stand by it.
—Homan Taghdiri, from facebook.com/Costco
[Re: “Successful succession,” June 2016] I sold
my successful small business to two key employees
in 1995. ;ey expanded the business and continue
to do very well.
I have been a SCORE volunteer for the past 19
years. My counseling to all existing and prospective
small businesses regarding succession is to do what
I did. ;e important consideration is the retention
of your employees, customers and sources of supply.
;is is ensured when you transition to key employees who have been engaged in the business for some
time and have done well. ;is counsel also applies to
[business owners] who want to transition their ownership to family members.
—Bob Dorse, Seattle, Washington
;e article on men’s health [“;e gi; of health,”
June 2016] is informative, but the list of screens
missed one that saved my life: the PSA, or prostate-
speci;c antigen screen. Many doctors and profes-
sional organizations have been encouraging yearly
PSA screening for men beginning at age 50, and, for
men who are at higher risk of prostate cancer,
including African-American men and men whose
father or brother had prostate cancer, annual screen-
ing beginning at age 40 or 45. ;is screen is recom-
mended annually because it is the change in the
PSA score that is important.
—Paul A. Bogenrief, Newport Beach, California
According to the American Urological Association
(AUA), there are new recommendations concerning
prostate cancer screening. It now discourages screening
men who are at average risk under age 55. The AUA
says that men should be particularly cautious before
making the decision to go through with the screening
and weigh the benefits against the potential harms. The
association also stresses the importance of consulting a
doctor about whether being screened is the right decision.—Editor
Sit and stretch
Your June article about chair yoga [“Chair li;”]
was just what I was looking for. I have severe arthritis in my back, and my doctor wants me to try yoga.
Unfortunately, I’m unable to do the ;oor poses,
but I can certainly do chair yoga. ;ank you for
the article. I look forward to reading ;e Costco
Connection each month.
—Linda Scott, Seattle, Washington
Horowitz and medical-billing advice
[“Medical bill basics,” June 2016] I would like to
add one more piece of information for consumers.
If you receive a bill for services that you know are
covered by your insurance, call the billing department and request a coding audit. Twice I have had
bills for routine annual labs paid by my insurance
a;er the correct codes were submitted.
—Patricia Eich, Albany, Oregon
Wedding savings at Costco
Leah Ingram forgot a very important savings
when planning weddings [“Say ‘I do’ to savings,” May
2016]: purchasing bulk ;owers from Costco.com.
I did this for a friend and my daughter’s wedding
last year. ;e ;owers were spectacular, so fresh,
delivered to my home on time. ;ey lasted for days.
It’s not hard assembling a bouquet and doing vases
of ;owers—such a savings over ;orists. I would recommend this Costco service to everyone.
—Marilyn Rust, Tacoma, Washington
The June 2016 article “ 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers
of Benghazi” mistakenly identified all six men as Navy
SEALS. Two were former SEALs, three served in the
Marines and one was a Ranger.
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