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Letters: ‘Hearting’ taxes, medical tests

Sarah Gardner Apr 6, 2012

On Monday, commentator Melissa Chadburn argued that paying taxes is a way to value the community you live in. A lot of you agreed with Melissa. Not everybody though.

Tom Daly writing from Chicago had this to say.

Tom Daly: It is easy to see Melissa’s point of view. However, as long as we continue to spend far more than we tax, we do not feel the full cost, making these services seem less expensive and less onerous. Will Melissa still feel good when her children receive the bill?

On Wednesday I interviewed Dr. James Fasules of the American College of Cardiology about his board’s recommendation that doctors perform fewer tests and medical procedures.

Kyle Kinkaid, writing from San Jose, California had this to say.

Kyle Kinkaid: I am battling a physician who wants to perform too many guests, but I was struck by the tone of your guest. He essentially said “blame the patient.” In most cases, doctors benefit financially from overtesting, so it was not a surprise. Your host tried to confront him, but I was looking for a more spirited rebuttal.

And finally, to matzo. Yesterday’s interview with Jewish Daily Forward reporter Paul Berger about matzo price wars had several of you writing in with your favorite ways to make matzo more appealing. So we put them to the matzo maven at Marketplace, our New York editor Jonathan Karp.

Claire Berman sent in the winning recipe from Boston, Massachusetts: Gluten-free Matzo toffee bark. Hey, it’s got a half a bag of chocolate chips in it, folks, it can’t be bad.

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