TENNESSEE’S HEALTHCARE CUTS
Trudy Lieberman’s article on TennCare cuts, “Mismanaged Care” [Dec. 12], should bring national attention to a shameful act. If readers would like to see the faces of some of those cut off–including, most likely, some of the 3,311 people that the state has effectively sentenced to death–they should take a look at Joon Powell’s superb “Faces of TennCare” portraits at www.joonpowell.info/tenncare.html, the personal project of a gifted young photographer.
SHOW ME THE WOMEN!
I was excited to receive your Fall Books issue [Dec. 5]–until I opened it, that is. You have reviewed twenty books by men and only one book by a woman! How is it possible that you didn’t find this troubling before the issue was published? This is an even worse ratio–I believe–than last year’s issue. I find it very discouraging.
NO SWEAT STUDENTS
San Bernardino, Calif.
I was pleased to see Richard Appelbaum and Peter Dreier’s “Students Confront Sweatshops” [Nov. 28] describing the United Students Against Sweatshops Designated Supplier Program. I am proud to let Nation readers know that the California Faculty Association (SEIU/AAUP/NEA), representing all faculty on the twenty-three campuses of the California State University, has adopted a resolution of support and assistance for the USAS campaign in the CSU (the nation’s largest public university). We urge other university unions and organizations to adopt similar resolutions supporting USAS’s campaign to set a new standard in the apparel industry. In union,
Co-chair, Ad Hoc Committee on Peace and Justice
California Faculty Association
LYING, NO-GOOD ‘GERM BOYS’
Jeremy Scahill, in “Germ Boys and Yes Men” [Nov. 28], distorts the truth about efforts to better secure the nation against a bioterrorist attack. The article questions why the government gave VaxGen a contract to provide a new anthrax vaccine. The government funded the development and has now ordered a next generation anthrax vaccine from VaxGen because the product is purer, more consistent and requires half the number of doses compared with the existing product. In contrast, according to a recent Newsday article, the FDA reported that the existing anthrax vaccine manufactured by BioPort may have been linked to twenty-one deaths and 4,100 illnesses, including 347 termed “serious.”