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LETTERS: Obama's physical, energy needs and more

Who footed bill for Obama's screening?

I am interested in learning who paid for President Barack Obama's virtual colonoscopy . I have never heard of an insurance company paying for this procedure for a healthy 48-year-old patient.

Robert Klein, M.D.


Editor's note: The writer is a gastroenterologist.



An upside-down look at our energy needs


Once again, New York Power Authority Chairman Richard Kessel is looking at our energy situation upside down "Kessel's hope for hydropower," Business, Feb. 26]. His tune hasn't changed since he headed LIPA; he is still calling for more energy supplies and, I expect, still threatening that if we don't have them, the lights will go out.

This is exactly the opposite of what we should be doing. We should be looking at demand-side management - how to lower our demand for energy. There's a lot we can do quite easily, too. For example, more than 50,000 applications have been received for the New York State Great Appliance Swap Out - that's a lot of older, less efficient appliances off the grid. We need leaders who can lead the way with demand-side management.

Laurie Farber




Who's minding kids while Kate dances?


Some dancing wannabes I'm not sure of, but Buzz Aldrin "New 'Dancing' lineup announced," News, March 2]? He's 80 and the practices are strenuous. Pam Anderson? How will they ever keep her encased in her costume when she does the required Latin dances? Evan Lysacek? Don't tell me he's not practicing for the upcoming World Figure Skating Championship! But above all, Kate Gosselin? Who's watching the kids while she spends hours and hours practicing her moves? And we thought Jon was a bad parent!

Marlene Miller




Fish feel pain, deserve protection


I vehemently disagree about raising the limits of fish that can be caught . Fish look so unlike humans, it's hard to imagine that they feel pain in the same way we do, but scientists find that the fish pain response is basically identical to that in mammals and birds. Fish also lead complex intellectual lives that rival those of dogs and some other mammals.

The fish industry is completely foreign to most people, whose experience with fish is limited to the frozen food section in their local grocery store. These intelligent, complex animals are slaughtered by the billions with very little consideration for their suffering.

For people who oppose cruelty to animals, the abuse of fish by the fishing industry (as well as by sport and recreational fishers) should be a key concern.

Billions of fish are killed for food in the United States each year, and sport fishing kills millions more. Without any legal protection from cruel treatment, fish are impaled, crushed, suffocated, or sliced open and gutted, all while they're fully conscious.

Juan Verde