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Rick Santorum's 'theology' flap; columnist Steve Lopez on his father's death; altering California's high-speed rail plans

February 23, 2012

It is questionable whether courses like organic chemistry, physics and biochemistry are really necessary for primary care doctors. These subjects are helpful in training specialists, but they often deter students from going on to primary care.

The idea of training "practical doctors" was widely discussed in the early 1900s but lost in the fervor for specialization. Fortunately, the need for practical care is now receiving national attention.

Edward Volpintesta, MD

Bethel, Conn.

Wake up, Iran

Re "Iran halts oil exports to 2 nations," Feb. 20

There are two options, as I see it: First, Iran can deny the United Nations full access to its nuclear facilities, which would result in war, debilitating sanctions or eventually both, hastening serious or complete destruction of the country.

Second, Iran could allow full access by the United Nations, which would allow for peaceful energy production and good standing and protection by the U.N. itself.

The Iranian people should be able to vote on this, as it seems the government marches toward confrontation.

G. Colby Allerton


He's proud

Re "Renaming of Jew Pond put to vote," Feb. 19

Some want the name of Jew Pond in New Hampshire to be changed, saying it "conveyed contempt." It does, and that's why it should not be changed.

Unique among actual names of a people or religious group, "Jew" makes people uncomfortable and sounds contemptuous.

I'm a Jew. I'm proud to be called a Jew; not a Jewish person, but a Jew. I'm insulted that "Jew" is insulting.

Given the outsized Jewish population among Nobel laureates and intellectuals, the malicious verb "to Jew" should instead mean something like "to achieve."

So let's call Jew Pond Jew Pond, and let's call a Jew a Jew.

Ira Spiro

Los Angeles


Re "With ad, sheriff breaks the law," Feb. 18

So the chief law enforcement officer of L.A. County, Sheriff Lee Baca, and the guy who wants to be its chief prosecutor, City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, don't know election law. I wonder if the voters are going to encourage them to seek different lines of work?

Donald Broder

Studio City

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