When I saw the September 24 cover, I was immediately captivated by the Chuck Close style of painting. A closer look showed an extraordinary composite of the photos of American men and women who have paid with their lives… for what? I sat down and wept.
PHYLLIS J. PETERSON
Is the original artwork for the cover of the September 24 issue available for purchase, or, failing that, can one purchase a reproduction? It is a stunning statement of the cost of George W. Bush’s colossal folly, and the artist should be highly complimented.
Two years into the Iraq War I completed a project that became the cover of the online magazine Purgatorius (www.purgatorius.org/Archives/2005Apr-Jun/Cover1.html). I compiled photos of the 1,525 US troops who had been killed in Iraq from March 19, 2003, to March 19, 2005, as well as photos of dead Iraqi children to symbolize the tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians who had been killed, and arranged them into a partial mosaic of George W. Bush, the man primarily responsible for their deaths. Placing the photos in the mosaic was a poignant experience: Here were farm boys from Wisconsin, ghetto girls from LA and babies from Baghdad–dead because of the policies of our government.
Sadly, as your cover shows, there are now enough dead troops to form a complete mosaic of Bush–and the number of dead Iraqis has jumped to six figures. We need to remember that this war is still going on in our name, and that we have a responsibility to end it as soon as possible.
Daly City, Calif.
Is there any way my friends and I can acquire copies of the September 24 cover art–the portrait of George W. Bush composed of photographs of military personnel? Everyone I showed it to was overwhelmed with emotion.
Good news for our many readers who have inquired about the September 24 cover art. A poster is in the works. –The Editors
HEALTHCARE BAIT & SWITCH
Mount Prospect, Ill.
I was happy to learn from Trudy Lieberman’s “The Medicare Privatization Scam” [July 16/23] that my and my co-workers’ ire at Humana’s marketing of Medicare Advantage plans is well placed. I work for a large oncology group, and we have had many problems as more and more patients with Humana Medicare plans come to us. Our policy is not to participate in Medicare Advantage plans, because they pass so much of the cost of cancer treatment on to the patient. Subscribers are not allowed to retain any supplemental plan from their traditional Medicare, and they are surprised to find that they are responsible for 20 percent of the cost of drugs administered in the office. The patient’s portion for treatment can add up to thousands and thousands of dollars.