Letters to the Editor

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The cost of an X-ray

I have a deteriorating condition in one of my feet that requires an occasional X-ray to determine the level of stability in the foot. Over the past few years, the X-ray has been done in the doctor’s office for a cost of $35.

During a recent flare-up of the condition, my doctor faxed orders to a local hospital (your guess as to which one). I had the X-ray done and have just received a Medicare Summary Notice advising me of the cost of the procedure. It was $384.80, or more than 10 times what I had been paying at the doctor’s office.

To the uneducated, an X-ray seems to be an X-ray. Certainly one that is more than 10 times what another one costs is a pretty good demonstration of the problems with our medical system.

How is it that the hospital can charge Medicare that much for an identical procedure? Because they can get away with it, that’s why. Shame on this denominationally run organization. Oops, maybe I’ve said too much.

Dick Sears


Ads unappreciated

I just want to call you out for using three entire pages of the vilest form of advertising in your paper on March 2. I wonder what news you sacrificed to overwhelm readers with ads that mimic newspaper style.

Surely stories such as Clark Vandeventer’s announcement to run against Rep. Lois Capps and how California is continuing to cut services for the developmentally disabled were more important than the road show.

I’m aware that your paper is hurting for money and that you need the support of advertisers (hopefully these guys paid you well for the excessive spotlight), but you will continue to hurt financially as long as you offer a sub-par paper, filled with mock article ads, Associated Press stories and press releases.

When you’re not promoting others, you’re usually attacking fun. You went out of your way to encourage the San Luis Obispo downtown smoking ban and the increased fees for noise violations.

You’re becoming the grumpy old man of newspapers and when your grumpy old readers lose interest in your poor coverage or die off, there won’t be a younger generation of readers to replace them. You’ve alienated them by attacking their interests.

Enjoy your last few years as a news institution.

Nick Powell

Morro Bay

Once and for all

In her letter to the editor, Paula Nixon stated, “as to President Barack Obama’s nationality, there are more findings that point to him not have United States citizenship than those that do” (“Gullible or guilty,” Feb. 24).

I was born in the United States in 1937 in Amarillo, Texas, and I have a copy of my birth certificate to prove it. In fact, that’s all I have to prove it. If I were to ask Nixon to prove her citizenship, I assume she would produce a birth certificate, most likely a copy of her birth certificate.

A copy of Obama’s birth certificate can readily be viewed on the Internet. Once and for all, he was born on Aug. 4, 1961 in the United States, in the city of Honolulu, County of Honolulu, Island of Oahu at 7:24 p.m. The Certificate of Live Birth was filed by the registrar on Aug. 8, 1961.

Those are the facts. Can we please move on?

Lee Van Leeuwen

San Luis Obispo

Ruining Old Village

My opinion is regarding the plans for the Arroyo Grande Village. I think this idea is terrible! Why demolish an old building to put in a new one that will look out of place, just like the new ones at the beginning of the Village? Those are the ugliest buildings I have ever seen!

You are ruining the Old Village atmosphere by doing these things. I know you want to bring more tourists in, but ruining the Village will not do it, it will only drive them away. This is just my opinion and many may disagree with me.

Cindy Hamil

Arroyo Grande