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NPR's Liane Hansen responds to listener letters and reader comments. A man quoted in NPR's Howard Berkes' piece about rural health insurance corrects an error he inadvertently told the reporter, church officials respond to Barbara Bradley Hagerty's Episcopal Church story and a reader reflects on Gloria Hillard's profile of a Korean-American police officer.


From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen.

Time now for your letters, but first a correction.

Two weeks ago in our story on rural health insurance, Howard Berkes reported that Nebraska small business owner Larry Harbour was uninsured because the plans he had considered would cost from $24,000 to $40,000 a year in premiums alone for him and his wife. Harbour tells us he misspoke. The actual range of the premium quotes was $12,000 to $20,000 a year, he now says, half of what we reported.

Dozens of you posted comments no our Web site about Barbara Bradley Hagerty's piece about Episcopals who think the church has become too liberal and want to break away. Ray Whitlock(ph) of Columbus, Ohio says the rift makes sense.

Mr. RAY WHITLOCK: Conservative Anglicans have fought for change in their church for years and they've seen the fight has produced more heat than light. In their view, the Episcopal Church has abandoned her mission and they believe that separation is the best way for them to faithfully serve their god.

HANSEN: But Hal Hurst(ph) of Los Angeles, California says those who want to leave the church have turned their backs on compassion.

Mr. HAL HURST: As the Episcopal Church has long held, our theology rests on the three legs of scripture, tradition and continuing revelation. In the past, our church, thanks to efforts that began with the friends, Quakers, rejected slavery after condoning it and even justifying it by use of scripture quoted out of context.

HANSEN: Gloria Hillard's piece for our series on immigrants' children also dealt with the theme of diverting from tradition. In this case, it was about a Korean-American woman who became a police officer. Alex Lee(ph) commented on our Web site that the story was interesting, but no more interesting than other minority groups doing tremendous duties and serving the nation. But Young Cho Young(ph) commented that Korean-Americans who are striving to be good citizens need much encouragement and support from the rest of the community.

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