HEALTH CARE AT SPRING HILL
San Antonio, TX
Re “Spring Hill: Another Utopia Bites the Dust” [posted Dec. 7]: I want to thank Nicholas von Hoffman for at least mentioning the detrimental effect that our lack of a national health care system has had on industry in the United States. Many Americans are now aware that the high cost of healthcare benefits is a factor in the difficulties facing our domestic auto industry, but most Americans imagine that the UAW has forced GM and Ford to provide healthcare that is superior to the healthcare available to Japanese workers at Toyota or German workers at BMW.
What is the truth about this? Are American workers at GM plants actually receiving better healthcare than the German workers at BMW, or is GM paying a higher cost due to the lack of a national health care plan? I would like to see more analysis of this topic.
REX EDWIN ROBARDS
THE NEWS WE LOSE
Nicholas von Hoffman’s “Anybody Want to Buy a Newspaper?” [posted Dec. 2], about the health and probable future of this country’s newspapers, is so very sad, yet so very true. Notice no reference here to the newspaper business.” Not much illness there. But “healthy” isn’t a robust enough condition as far as some greedy and shortsighted stockholders are concerned.
It’s a sad situation that persons of all political and ideological stripes should lament. Conservatives may have the most to lose; they already gripe mightily about how the few large, influential, and liberal papers set the national agenda. Those are the papers more likely to survive and maintain their quality. So many smaller, less-influential and often more conservative publications will certainly lose staff, which brings lower quality, fewer readers and less influence on the national agenda.
And for the nightmarish idea that broadcast of any form can easily take print journalism’s place, well, I like my share of Sloppy Joe’s made from leftovers, but I’d rather sink my teeth into a well-seasoned steak.
THE TRUTH BEHIND DELGADO’S PLEDGE
The stretched comparison between Roberto Clemente’s actions and identification with the poor is longer than any seventh-inning stretch in “The Silencing of Carlos Delgado” [posted Dec. 7]. Roberto Clemente would be totally embarrassed by Carlos Delgado’s action.