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I had a tatoo removed in Kelowna, B.C. for $150 CND. It would of cost $3,000 US for it here in Portland, OR.
Are U.S. Dr.'s ripping us off?

Sent by Aggie | 3:29 PM | 3-8-2007

As in every interview with experts on Iraq, Mr. Conan's discussion last week with retired General Keating (I believe I recall his name accurately) omitted one key question which I understand to be a standard element of any Pentagon battle scenario. That is the estimate of American casualties that are anticipated. Today the NYTimes reported that Americans deaths have risen significantly during the current escalation, aka "surge," a logical consequence of its tactics.
Henceforth, I request that Mr. Conan and his colleagues put to such guests, including especially Republican pols continuing their lockstep support of Bush, what American casualties they anticipate. When they duck the question, ask it again. When they duck it again, ask if that's a question they don't want to answer.
This has become a Republican war, maintained by the Republican minority in Congress at the bloody expense of our brave troops.

Sent by Glenn Becker | 6:18 PM | 4-9-2007

Regarding the Virginia Tech shootings, would someone please address the reason that the police did not shut down the campus after the 7:15 am shootings. The reason cited was that they believed the shooting was "only a domestic dispute." Was their reasoning that since it was domestic dispute and the woman was dead, the shooter would not visit his rage on anyone else? This type of thinking speaks to the continued low priority our society, and law enforcement in particular, place on domestic violence. I was in Atlanta when the failed daytrader shot several people at a facility in Buckhead. He killed his wife and children at home before he killed his colleagues. I grew up in a home where my father physically abused my mother and I am still wary of police because of the many instances in which I saw them do nothing after my father had beaten my mother until she bled. I was a very young child but I still remember the officer telling my father he had to "tone down his voice" when he abused my mother. Although, many law enforcement agencies say they are concerned about domestic abuse, this instance seems to prove that they still do not make the connection between domestic abuse and general violence against society.

Sent by Georgellen Burnett | 7:35 PM | 4-19-2007

Regarding laptops for children: I think that there would be a lot of savings on medical issues if all kids had laptops. My middle shcool daughter's backpack is about 50 lbs - and kids are not going to use the rolling backpacks! So, just think if all the binders, papers, books in her backpack could be replaced by a 5-6 lb computer! Maybe the schools and insurance companies could get together and come up with a shared funding plan!

Sent by Katherine Richardson | 3:49 PM | 5-9-2007

I am intrigued by the use of positive four-letter words. I believe if we emphasise the positive four letter words the negative ones will lose their sting.

Sent by Thornton Howard, III | 11:49 PM | 6-14-2007

Today, 6/26/07, Andrea Seabrook cut off an answer to the question of whether oysters are an aphrodisiac with her guest A. O'Connor, telling the audience to check out instead. How coy. What about those who don't have, can't afford or don't know how to use the internet?

Sent by Bob DePillis | 4:11 PM | 6-26-2007

I have to wonder what Jack Abramoff must be thinking while sitting in his prison jail cell and pondering over the Scooter Libby verdict. Cuckolded perhaps?
Lee Martin

Sent by Lee Martin | 2:27 PM | 7-3-2007

In re 9/11 - there is a similar "disaster" every 20 days in the US. Approx. 150 people die every day - not to disease or old age - but traffic and gun accidents and homicides. The grieving families of these victims often don't even warrant a mention in the local news much less a million dollars. And as a country the argument can be made that we "asked for it" by our foreign policy. Many of our citizens do not know the amount of our "support" to Israel - - but the Arab nations do!
The belief in the literal truth of Genesis may be a good basis for a religion but it is wrong for the foreign policy of citizens of diverse religions - or no religion!
Our military/ industrial/ oil corporations are largly responsible for horrible unchecked spread of arms throughout the world.

Sent by Dorothy McGuire | 4:28 PM | 9-3-2007

regarding the show today on the book "Zoom", I called to offer up two questions for the guests and was told that there were similar questions already waiting so I would not get to ask. I listened to the entire show and never heard anything close to what I wanted to ask. So here goes, for anyone who is interested. The question was posed, are we ready for a "car of the future"? What about the electric car that was designed by the Saturn company for GM back in the early 90s? It ran great, got 60-70 mpg, they looked exactly like other cars (there was even a small SUV model) and Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson, and hundreds of others raved about how much they loved their electric cars. This was all in LA, mind you. However, after about a year, GM recalled every single one of them without giving a legitimate reason. They simply said that there was not enough demand to continue making them, even though they had barely tried to advertise the way they would advertise, say, their newest and biggest gas-guzzling SUV. All electric Saturns were repossed (even the ones owners tried to buy the lease for) and destroyed. Why? The car of the future was created a decade ago.
Electric cars were mentioned in the broadcast, but it was stated that they create pollution somewhere else, as they have to be charged at a station that uses coal-power. This is also false. When these first hundred electric cars were made, solar-powered charging stations were built. They charged the electric car completely off solar power.
Secondly, what about hemp as bio-diesel. Hemp is illegal to grow currently in the US, but if we all agree that we need a clean, renewable fuel, and if we all agree that corn destroys soil and is tough to grow over and over, than we should also all agree that hemp is the answer. Hemp DOES NOT AND CAN NOT GET YOU HIGH, it replenishes soil and can be grown in just about every climate zone in the US, as well as tons of other parts of the world. There was a car that ran from TN to Canada on nothing but hemp-fuel. Google "hemp car" for more info. The most important issues were not raised on today's show, and I was very disappointed as the conversation became the same old "hybrid vs. fuel-cell" debate. THERE ARE OTHER OPTIONS THAT ARE BETTER AND ALREADY PROVEN TO BE TOTALLY AFFORDABLE TO PRODUCE AND BUY. I am a daily listener of many shows on NPR, but today I was very upset to be denied asking two very relevant questions and being told that they were already going to be raised, then not hear them on the show.

Sent by Shane Durie | 5:29 PM | 10-3-2007