Letters in the Editor's Mailbag.Byline: The Register-Guard
Drug prices keep rising
For years I have been struggling with the great question: Why do prescription drug prescription drug Prescription medication Pharmacology An FDA-approved drug which must, by federal law or regulation, be dispensed only pursuant to a prescription–eg, finished dose form and active ingredients subject to the provisos of the Federal Food, Drug, prices keep rising when inflation remains low? The inflation rate is around 1.8 percent; prescription drugs are rising at an annual rate of 6 percent to 10 percent.
When I asked the great question years ago, I was told research and development costs made such increases necessary. Strange. I have spent time In England, France, Italy and Australia. They also have R&D costs, yet their drugs are more affordable than in America. If R&D is so costly, why is the industry spending millions to advertise expensive drugs that can only be gotten through a doctor's prescription, and then millions more in expensive packaging of trial doses dispensed by doctors? "Ask your doctor" has become a standing joke standing joke standing n → Standardwitz m .
How have pharmaceutical companies been able to extend patents on successful, costly drugs that have not been upgraded or improved in any way? Why have these drugs not been allowed to enter the generic realm and become price competitive? The Food and Drug Administration and Congress have crumbled under powerful lobbying (and money) from the pharmaceutical industry. The White House, as usual, remains silent.
But wait! There is a bill currently making its way through Congress on prescription drug coverage for the elderly. It is very weak and won't become effective until 2006. It's a blatant piece of election year hoopla hoop·la
a. Boisterous, jovial commotion or excitement.
b. Extravagant publicity: The new sedan was introduced to the public with much hoopla.
2. certainly smiled on by the industry.
We know of all this. Why do we permit it?
Tribes are sovereign nations
In a July 16 letter, Robert Hursh proposes that Indian tribes do not pay their fair share, referring to the fact that Indian tribes operating on their own lands don't have to pay federal taxes. The reason for this is that U.S. courts long ago granted sovereign nation status to formally recognized tribes. Just as Mexico is a sovereign nation and doesn't pay U.S. taxes, the same is true of this nation's 562 recognized tribes. Most tribes have their own governments and police forces.
As far as I'm concerned, they can do and build whatever their societies and governments deem acceptable on their own lands. Don't like it? Too bad! Indians have paid their fair share with their blood, land and loss of their way of life.
Some will read this and say, "Well, I didn't oppress op·press
tr.v. op·pressed, op·press·ing, op·press·es
1. To keep down by severe and unjust use of force or authority: a people who were oppressed by tyranny.
2. the Indians." I will ask these people to look at our own society. People are allowed to get away with murder and rape because they suffered past abuses, and they receive special treatment from courts and in the minds within our society.
With those vile poker machines in every nook and cranny Noun 1. nook and cranny - something remote; "he explored every nook and cranny of science"
nooks and crannies
detail, item, point - an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information" in Oregon, I'm not seeing what the big deal is. Oregon will receive revenue from a casino - maybe not comparable to our tax rates, but certainly much more than if it were not built at all.
TOM MURPHY Mur·phy , William Parry 1892-1987.
American physician. He shared a 1934 Nobel Prize for discovering that a diet of liver relieves anemia.
Time to discuss Patriot Act Patriot Act: see USA PATRIOT Act.
Prior to becoming a psychologist, I taught U.S. history. Now I wonder if my students remember what they learned about the founding of this nation. How many citizens in Florence remember our Bill of Rights? How many have read the USA Patriot Act USA PATRIOT Act [Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorists], 2001, U.S. ? It is time to discuss both the Bill of Rights and the Patriot Act. These discussions should take place immediately.
I do not believe these discussions are partisan politics. I hope the Florence City Council will place a discussion of the Patriot Act on the council agenda as soon as possible. Cities across this nation have placed the Patriot Act on their agendas, and many cities now have developed a response to this slam-bang piece of legislation that was passed in the wake of the Sept. 11 events.
Hopefully, a mix of liberals and conservatives who don't want the government involved in their lives will come together to study the ramifications ramifications npl → Auswirkungen pl of the Patriot Act.
Doctors refusing patients
When my wife and I started receiving Social Security benefits more than 10 years ago, we purchased health insurance to supplement our Medicare. We have paid both Medicare and supplementary insurance premiums since that time.
My wife, who has been in good health, has not gone to a doctor for over 15 years. Three months ago, she had a health problem that needed a doctor's attention. We called several different doctors and were told each time that they were not accepting new patients. The Ask-a-Nurse program provided names of doctors who were accepting new patients. When we called, we were told: "No new Medicare patients." We received the same response when calling names provided us by the Oregon Medical Group.
It is shocking to know that we have made Medicare and supplementary insurance payments for over 10 years, and they are worthless. Several of our friends have had similar experiences.
The practice of "no new Medicare patients" is probably followed in other parts of Oregon and the nation. Millions of people may be adversely affected when they move to another town, go on vacation or for any other reason need a new doctor.
Shortly after our exasperating experience three months ago, I sent letter to Sens. Gordon Smith
Gordon Harold Smith (born May 25, 1952) is Oregon's junior United States Senator, currently serving his second term. He is a member of the Republican Party. and Ron Wyden Ronald Lee Wyden (born May 3, 1949) is Oregon's senior United States Senator. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Early career and personal life
Wyden was born in Wichita, Kansas to Edith Rosenow and Peter H. and to Rep. Peter DeFazio Peter Anthony DeFazio (born May 27, 1947) is an American politician. He serves as a Democratic U.S. Representative from Oregon, representing the 4th Congressional District and is currently serving his 11th term. to inform them. DeFazio responded promptly and showed concern, even though he gave little hope for a change. Smith and Wyden have not even responded.
Architects should be identified
Let's see Let's See was a Canadian television series broadcast on CBC Television between September 6, 1952 to July 4, 1953. The segment, which had a running time of 15 minutes, was a puppet show with a character named Uncle Chichimus (voice of John Conway), which presented each now: Otto Poticha (letters, July 10) thinks architects' names should be listed with their creations, while Randy Kolb (letters, July 14) says, "Who cares?"
Maybe Kolb is right. Why clutter up Verb 1. clutter up - fill a space in a disorderly way
fill, fill up, make full - make full, also in a metaphorical sense; "fill a container"; "fill the child with pride" our minds with such attributions as Beethoven's Fifth, Roberts' Rules, Halley's Comet Halley's comet or Comet Halley (hăl`ē, hā`lē), periodic comet named for Edmond Halley, who observed it in 1682 and identified it as the one observed in 1531 and 1607. , Rubik's Cube Rubik's Cube (commonly misspelled rubix, rubick's or rubicscube) is a mechanical puzzle invented in 1974 by the Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik. or Newton's laws? We can certainly dispense with the names of all artists, composers and authors. Who cares who wrote this great book or that lovely piece of music?
Seeing the light, The Register-Guard could drop all bylines. George Will George Frederick Will (born May 4, 1941) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, conservative American newspaper columnist, journalist, and author. Education and early career
Will was born in Champaign, Illinois, the son of Frederick L. Will and Louise Hendrickson Will. , Molly Ivins Mary Tyler "Molly" Ivins (August 30 1944 – January 31 2007) was a liberal American newspaper columnist, political commentator, and best-selling author from Austin, Texas. , along with Bob Welch There are a number of famous people of this name including:
Associated Press (AP)
Cooperative news agency, the oldest and largest in the U.S. and long the largest in the world. " credit.
All said, though, I think I would like to know the names of all these folks, as well as the identity of architects who reshape our community - so we would know who gave us the beasts as well as the beauties.
RICHARD GLENN WILLIAMS Glenn David Williams (born July 18, 1977 in Gosford, New South Wales) is a third baseman from Australia, who last played in Major League Baseball for the Minnesota Twins during the 2005 season.
It's just a billboard
I'd like to address Autumn T. Seaborn's opinion (letters, July 9) that a billboard on Highway 126 reminds her of walking in on someone in the bathroom. What?
How many young girls and women not on a billboard do I see dressed like that? I'm talking about a cute hat, a tank top and bikini bottoms - I can't see a bare bottom or nakedness. So the woman has nice long legs. I personally see nothing wrong with this billboard.
Now, how about the billboard that had the word "vagina" all over it, or the continuous personal insult I feel every time I hear a tampon tampon /tam·pon/ (tam´pon) [Fr.] a pack, pad, or plug made of cotton, sponge, or other material, variously used in surgery to plug the nose, vagina, etc., for the control of hemorrhage or the absorption of secretions. or pad advertisement alone or in mixed company? Wanna wan·na
1. Contraction of want to: You wanna go now?
2. Contraction of want a: You wanna slice of pie? talk about feeling like you walked into the bathroom on somebody?
Lighten up. It's a fun billboard, for God's sake.
Recently, PeaceHealth said it is thinking of discontinuing the Ask-a-Nurse program because of budget constraints. This would be an expensive mistake, which in the long run would end up costing the hospital much more that it would save.
The majority of clients using Ask-A-Nurse are doing so because they can't afford to see a regular doctor. With no other recourse, these patients will end up in the emergency room, unable to pay. Sacred Heart Medical Center Sacred Heart Medical Center may refer to:
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Let street have two names
I'm all for our town honoring Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic legacy. And, as Alan Siporin said in his Eugene City Council testimony, if renaming Centennial Boulevard is the choice of Eugene's black community, I'm behind them on that, even if I think otherwise.
On the other hand, as a long-time Lane County resident, I know the Centennial name has its own deep historic and personal resonances with many. So, here's my suggestion.
Why not create a win-win situation by retaining the original name (below Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) on signs and allow folks to choose how they want their mail addressed? I think King would approve, and it has been done elsewhere.
Let's honor all of our communities and legacies.
Why engage in name calling?
It is one thing to express one's opinion; it is something else entirely when the Mailbag section of The Register-Guard becomes a collection of rude, inflammatory remarks that are better suited to a grade school playground - although such a comparison may be an insult to elementary-schoolers.
I see no point in deliberately offensive phrases that describe liberals as "low-wattage" or "dull tools" who do not possess an IQ above room temperature" (letters, July 14). Why is someone with a differing opinion automatically labeled as stupid? There is a difference between disagreeing with an idea and attacking a person simply because his or her ideas are not identical to one's own.
Letters that pronounce liberals as unintelligent, conservatives as racist and women who have had abortions as murderers show nothing but their authors' rudeness. In my experience, those who must resort to name-calling to prove their points often do so because they lack the understanding or knowledge to present those points in any other way.
Letters received in past week: 167
Letters published: 69
What's on readers' minds: No single topic dominated Mailbag during the past week. We received 12 letters on the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians' plans to build a $26 million casino on a site east of Florence; 10 on the aftermath of the U.S. invasion of Iraq (four of those focused on President Bush's "Bring 'em on" comment and the rest on allegations that the administration misrepresented intelligence reports to justify an invasion), and six on the absence of an entryway ramp in the design for the new federal courthouse. Other popular topics included the federal deficit, the Eugene City's Council's decision to rename Centennial Boulevard to honor Martin Luther King Jr., and the state's budget crisis and tax reform.