to lower drug costs
Re: “6 reasons drug prices are so high in the U.S.” (Page C7, Jan. 20).
An excellent article, but it missed another major reason drug prices are so high, which is that the United States is one of the few countries in the world where drug companies are allowed to advertise their products.
Advertising like this is banned in basically all major nations as it has no positive value. Informing me about a drug has no benefit, it should be up to my doctors to decide what is the best treatment for my illnesses.
Drug advertising should be banned and the money saved should be passed on to the consumer.
Chris WorrallSan Jose
Let’s strive to beintellectually nimble
Re: “Engineering leader claims he was fired over posts on war” (Page C7, Jan. 17).
Letters: Land-use disaster | Public health | Inaccurate picture | Israel a mirror
Letters: VTA structure | Plastic bags | EV conversion | Demand cease-fire
Letters: Solano County | Support in losses | Ridiculous notion | Tempering majority | Low bar | Third-party spoiler
Letters: Big shoes | Baffling support | War powers | Overdraft fees | Citizens United | Immunity claim
Letters: Fund Ceasefire | Violence prevention | Constituents’ concerns | RCV in Antioch | 14th Amendment
Our society would be well served to heed F. Scott Fitzgerald’s reminder that “the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
Herein lies the issue with our modern society. We are a nation built on the idea of individual liberty. Self-proclaimed conservatives grimace at the notion of anything liberal, while basking in the liberties of our great nation. Regardless of religion, race or affiliation, it would benefit us to avoid extreme ideology on any end of the spectrum.
Isiah Berlin drew upon the ancient Greek poet Archilochus to remind us that the fox is clever at many things, but the hedgehog holds on to a single idea. We should all strive to understand how foxes behave.
Akeem MostamandySan Jose