April 18, 2013 at 9:08 AM
Bombs over Boston
The need for surveillance
When will the American Civil Liberties Union and their ilk give up on the privacy issue and admit that security cameras, owned and controlled by city government, are a civil good [“Two bombs rock Boston Marathon,” front page, April 16]?Or will we continue to rely on voluntary installation by individuals and businesses who can control when their cameras are operating and how long they must keep their contents? Do we need a Boston here in order to open their eyes?Similarly, how many dollars would be saved if graffiti artists and other vandals could be observed by random drone flights? A child can make a monster go away by closing its eyes; a city cannot.
Robert E. Gardner, Renton
Obamacare will scare off quality doctors
The Boston trauma surgeons were incredible; only three lives have been lost [“Two bombs rock Boston Marathon,” front page, April 16]. Boston is the medical capital of America.
I noticed that the chief of trauma surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital had an accent, as well as the emergency-room head. I thought: “America’s health-care system is the best in the world and attracts the best from everywhere.”
But then I realized we just passed Obamacare.
Socializing health care creates less incentive for the world’s brightest doctors to come to America. If they’re rewarded less — as they will be under Obama Care’s government-centered approach — they’ll go elsewhere.
America attracts the best health professionals because our for-profit system rewards them for their talent and hard work. A more collectivized, communalized nonprofit system would do this less. The more a nation or industry is socialized, the less talent it will attract.
Jeff E. Jared, Kirkland
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