Your Letters: Health Care, Nellie McKay

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Host Liane Hansen reads listener letters about health care and singer Nellie McKay.


Time, now, for your letters.

Last week, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli described the controversy over the murder conviction in Italy of American student Amanda Knox. Knox was sentenced to prison earlier this month for the murder of her British roommate. Many Americans saw the trial as flawed. Sylvia Poggioli's commentary drew more than 150 comments on

Kay Milligan(ph) wrote on our Web site: I had a trip planned to go to Italy for myself and a friend, but I won't go now. I would never feel safe there after what they did to Amanda Knox. If it happened to one foreigner in Italy, it can happen to any of us.

Colleen Sydell(ph) wrote: I am a student of Italian at an American university and I have studied abroad in Italy, so have many of my friends. And all of us have managed to stay out of trouble while over there. Ms. Knox made poor decisions in getting involved with the wrong people. I don't feel any sympathy for her.

Last Sunday, we aired a story about the Treasury Department dispatching so-called foreclosure SWAT teams to make sure that banks and mortgage companies are helping to prevent mortgage defaults.

Michael Krikorian(ph) wrote: Short of nationalizing the banking system, the SWAT team is only a beginning and it must be carried forward with constant government oversight. Nothing less will help.

Two weeks ago we focused on the nation's need for more primary care physicians. If health care overhaul is signed into law, some worry there aren't enough family doctors to meet the anticipated need.

Moni Leslie(ph) commented on our Web site: No wonder when physicians are staring down the barrel of debt, high malpractice insurance and overhead costs, they turn to more lucrative specialties. Ultimately, if you're a physician who wants to provide quality service, especially to underserved groups and the elderly, a future in medicine does require careful thought, motivation and extensive planning.

Finally, many of you were thrilled to hear singer Nellie McKay on our program last Sunday. McKay has released a Doris Day tribute album. Russell Holcombe wrote that it was indeed a pleasure to have experienced the foxy, spirited, divine personality of Nellie McKay. And Joseph Tomczyk(ph) called her a gorgeous gal with vitality, vocally, verbally and visually.

(Soundbite of song, "Dig It")

Ms. NELLIE MCKAY (Singer): (Singing) I ain't hip to that step, but I'll dig it. I never could do...

HANSEN: We want to hear from you. Head over to our Web site at and click on the Contact Us link. You can also reach us on Twitter. I'm at NPRLiane, while the rest of the WEEKEND EDITION team tweets at NPRWeekend - all one word. And be sure to check out the discussion on Facebook at

(Soundbite of song, "Dig It")

Ms. MCKAY: (Singing) The corniest jig, the polka. But if you say dig the polka, I ain't hip to that step, but I'll dig it. All right.

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