Letters: Health Care Mural, Digital Library

Listeners respond to a story about a woman's health care protest through art, and a school's plans for a digital library. Melissa Block and Michele Norris read from your e-mails.

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

Now, to your e-mails.

MICHELE NORRIS, host:

During yesterday's program, we brought you the story of Regina Holliday. Her husband died of kidney cancer earlier this year. And she believes inefficiencies in the medical record system harmed his care.

BLOCK: In the midst of the ongoing health care debate, Ms. Holliday has been painting a mural in Washington, showcasing her story. She considers it her way of contributing to the push for health care reform.

NORRIS: Lisa Lavoie of Billerica, Massachusetts wrote to tell us she also lost her husband to kidney cancer last year. And she adds, thank you for a wonderful story highlighting many of the systems that patients with a serious illness must navigate.

BLOCK: On yesterday's program we also heard about Cushing Academy. It's an elite boarding school in Massachusetts that's been switching out its physical library books for digital versions. As part of the transition, students will have access to handheld readers loaded with portable versions of their books.

NORRIS: Emily Krug of Johnson City, Tennessee writes: While I admire their efforts, I think it is too much too soon. She goes on to say, we are far from living in a world that could function well without the book.

BLOCK: And Stephanie Dum(ph) of Grand Junction, Colorado wondered how the shift would affect student's optical health. She writes: I'm concerned that between iPods, BlackBerries and now small digital reading devices, we'll all be cross-eyed within 10 years. If a full-size computer screen is bad for your eyes, focusing on a tiny one for prolonged periods must be much worse.

NORRIS: Last week we asked you to send us questions for three military thinkers featured in our recent special report What's Next For Afghanistan? You asked about Iran's role, why the war is taking so long and why Pakistan can't provide the troops General McChrystal is asking for. Well, we've now posted the answers at our Web site, npr.org.

BLOCK: And while you're at npr.org, send us your thoughts on the program - good and bad. We want to hear them all. Just click Contact Us at the bottom of the page.

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