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Letters to the editor: Opinions, not facts

Opinions, not facts Thanks to the person who added an 11th Commandment, "Thou shalt not be gay" (Your Views, May 12). It was a great laugh. He also excoriates the president for not having read the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence, even though this president taught constitutional law. I have read, re-read and studied the documents. Nowhere is homosexuality mentioned or alluded to, much less the term "gay." I suggest this creator of the 11th Commandment do some reading. He should note as a Christian that nowhere in the Bible did Jesus mention homosexuality, and the terms do not appear in the other cited venerated documents. We all are free to express our opinions, but not to claim them as facts. Mark Witt
Parrish View on Obama I can't take it. I'm not here to voice my opinion about the JPMorgan Chase meeting in Tampa this week. However, with all the venues with which our president could have chosen to voice his opinion regarding this meeting, he chose the ridiculous, celebrities-who-live-in-a-bubble gab show, "The View"? This is who you want to continue on for a second term? Certainly not me. Karen Lameier Valrico Against Romney Whether holding down and beating a young (suspected) gay man or dismantling smaller companies and putting thousands of working-class people out of jobs, Mitt Romney was and still is nothing but a bully. They say that power corrupts, so imagine what kind of person this guy will become should he be the leader of this country. I won't be voting so much for Obama as against Romney. Alison M. Foley Tampa Patients' compensation Regarding "A life-saving 'unnecessary' test" (Letter of the Day, May 10): Both letter writer Laura Whitley and Dr. Jeffrey Segal ("Defensive medicine," Views, May 13) have valid points regarding health care costs. Fear of litigation is unquestionably a main driver of cost. Also, if a physician ordered virtually every test, no diagnosis would go unmade, but this diminishes the quality of patient care. No one is advocating for less testing. We are trying to choose our tests wisely in the right setting for the right patient to get the right diagnosis, without over-testing. The practice of defensive medicine is real, and it's a learned behavior. Through tort reform, Texas and California may have cut down on outrageous awards and lowered malpractice premiums for physicians, but they did not decrease health care costs. That will only happen in an environment where doctors and patients can effectively communicate without the fear of being sued. A "Patients' Compensation System" would lower health care costs and increase the quality and satisfaction of patient care. Matthew J. Mick Bartow

The writer, an MD, is an interventional cardiovascular specialist.
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