Your Letters: Afghanistan, Sen. Judd Gregg

Host Scott Simon reads listener letters about Afghanistan and last week's interview with Sen. Judd Gregg.

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

Time now for your letters.

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SIMON: A correction first. In my interview last week with Gay Marshall, who's just released a CD of Edith Piaf songs, I said that Piaf's lover, Marcel Cerdan, was the heavyweight boxing champion. Monsieur Cerdan held the title in the middleweight division.

Most of the mail this week was in response to our interview on the health-care overhaul bill with Republican Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire. Linda Person(ph) of Altadena, California, writes: I'm compelled to write about Senator Gregg's supposition that health-care decisions are now being made by health-care providers. That is false. As an oncology nurse with over 35 years of experience, I'm amazed to hear patients relate horror stories about getting appropriate care or follow-up based on their insurance carrier's decisions.

Even when appeals are made to these agencies, denials occur far too frequently. I cannot help but laugh when anyone against universal care launches into government rules as being restrictive. What do they think happens now?

Chris Mizakus(ph) of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, had this to say: I know it's difficult to interview politicians. They have a way of not answering direct questions, and also a knack for inserting unsubstantiated opinions when facts reflect something quite differently.

Still, I was hoping for Scott to ask Senator Greg one question: What do you say to an unemployed American who can't get health insurance because he has a pre-existing condition? Would have loved to hear Senator Gregg avoid that one.

Finally, lots of praise for an interview with the band Betty. Mona Divestal(ph) of Syracuse writes: The piece you did on Betty was fantastic. You captured the essence of what keeps us all going in the midst of chaos and painful transformations like cancer - a joy for living, for creating art, the connections with our loved ones, and the knowledge that today, right here, right now, is all we have, and that is so much more than enough. Thank you for a great piece.

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BETTY (BAND): (Singing) Everything's gonna be all right. All right. Everything's gonna be all right. All right.

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