Mammography screening saves lives
In response to “Debate grows over cancer checks” (Oct. 21) and related articles:
The review of data and new screening guidelines by the American Cancer Society should finally put to rest any question of whether routine screening mammography saves lives.
It does. The ACS and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force both agree that the most lives are saved by screening women every year beginning at age 40.
Data show that screening every other year saves only 80 lives for every 100 lives that would be saved with annual screening.
As chief of Breast Imaging at Duke University Medical Center, I urge women to get screened yearly starting at age 40.
Dr. Jay Baker, Durham
Why so afraid of new UNC system chief?
In response to “Politics driving UNC president selection” (Oct. 22 Viewpoint):
I find it funny that liberals are so scared of Margaret Spellings. The left doesn’t know what to do with a Republican on a college campus. I think anyone that is not extremely liberal in higher education is a breath of fresh air.
Tripp Cherry, Matthews
Enough already with Benghazi witch hunt
In response to “Benghazi inquiry: Clinton confronts Republican critics” (Oct. 23) and related coverage:
It’s time to stop the petty jawing on the Benghazi issue. We’re tired of it. The congressional committee needs to put an end to it. Congress needs to get on with matters of much more importance for our nation.
Wayne Baker, Charlotte
GOP should be ashamed of hearings
If for whatever inexplicable reason the Republican Party was seeking new ways to alienate women, they found it with the outrageous comportment of the Republican members of the House Select Committee in their 11-hour televised hearing investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi.
Watching these proceedings was a mesmerizing but altogether ghastly experience. Not since the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s has Congress so disgraced itself.
It was an unforgettable spectacle, one for the U.S. Congress to be forever ashamed of allowing to take place.
Jill Dinwiddie, Charlotte
Give Hillary an Oscar for that acting job
Hillary Clinton’s appearance at the House committee investigation is more worthy of an Oscar nomination than a Democratic presidential nomination.
Her description of the details of attack and the deaths of four Americans serving their country was a poor acting job that her buddies in Hollywood would never take seriously. I was expecting her to break into the tears that her husband could do so well on cue.
Bob Connery, Charlotte
I still say no to the uptown arena
In response to “City made the correct call on arena” (Oct. 22 Our View):
The most important fact in the story is that voters said “No!!!” Our current governor and his “uptown” lackeys chose to ignore the citizens’ priorities and expressed will.
Subsequent findings and budget analyses cannot obscure that fact.
John Simpson, Charlotte
Democrats aren’t only big spenders
In response to “At UNCC, McCrory touts $2 billion bond issue” (Oct. 23):
Will Gov. Pat McCrory explain the difference between tax and spend, which Republicans accuse Democrats of, and cutting taxes with much fanfare, then borrowing $2 billion for pet projects? No matter how you slice it, taxpayers end up with the bill.
Steve Benson, Monroe
Big oil sowing confusion on climate
In response to “Scientists want to restrict speech” (Oct. 22 Viewpoint):
Most of the science deniers you see on Fox News come from front organizations who keep their funding sources hidden. Who paid the salaries of these professional talk show guests?
Suing the tobacco industry under the RICO Act in 1999 allowed federal taxpayers to get relief from the healthcare costs for millions of cancer and heart disease victims.
Big Oil is following Big Tobacco’s playbook. Who will pay the costs of climate change: the industry or the taxpayers?
Michael Segor, San Luis Obispo, Calif.