Must change way care is delivered

This is regarding the story headlined "Hepatitis C sufferers don't get proper testing: CDC."

Half of the people infected with hepatitis C have not received proper follow-ups, so the patients are at risk for further complications, like liver cancer, which are preventable. Because the costs for health care are so high in the United States, several patients may not return for follow-ups, fearing expensive hospital bills.

The solution to reduce the instances of several preventable diseases should not be creating new drugs, but reforming the health care system.

The current health care system is based on the concept of free-market capitalism, where health services can be bought and sold as a commodity. The current system is driven largely by market forces. The theory is that private health insurance companies seeking to maximize profit will compete with each other, thus, driving down costs. However, costs have continued to rise steeply because the current free-market system is failing.

Therefore, an effective health care system that will drive down costs to promote patients to seek preventive care is needed.

Preventive care is an essential aspect of health care that prevents further complications from diseases like hepatitis C.

Kuntal Chowdhary

Berkeley

Does anyone in city care about camps?

About a year ago, the small camps under the I-80 overpass along the entrance to the westbound Posey Tube to Alameda were cleaned up and vacant. Now it is May 2013, and the community of panhandlers and drug dealers/users has reached a dangerous number.

Imagine your wife or teenage daughter on her way home from work one evening and she has car trouble on that Alameda entrance area under I-80. She would have encampments housing tens of transients and druggies on three different sides of her, with no ability to walk safely, let alone stay in her car safely, until help arrived.

I drive this road regularly and the panhandlers on Seventh Street and Broadway can be seen walking into the makeshift huts in these tent cities of trash, and have no qualms about shooting a needle in their arm for all to see as they drive by in horror.

The residents have all the comforts of easy drug deals, furniture, tents and endless open-air latrines.

Why is Mayor Jean Quan, the police force or the Oakland departments of health and sanitation allowing the continued growth of this eyesore of human tragedy?

You can't tell me they are not aware of it. Perhaps better lighting and night vision cameras would give them a better view of what goes on down there. Or perhaps no one in Oakland government cares.

How sad would it be to have an undercover reporter go in there with night vision cameras to document these new trolls of Oakland. We'd not only be the most robbed per capita city, with unbelievable levels of crime, but we'd be able to advertise a homeless tent city that has been growing for more than a year.

L.A. Buday

Oakland

Perhaps God created evolution

Creationists are persistent. Yet they haven't even considered the very real possibility that God created evolution. Clearly, they think they know better than God.

Some creationists -- reacting to legitimate charges that there's zero peer-reviewed scientific research papers supporting "intelligent design theory" -- tricked many scientists into signing their deceptive "Dissent from Darwin" statement, saying this manufactured, religiously motivated, pseudoscientific paper "deserves to be heard."

What these fraudsters don't think deserves to be heard is that this statement was created by the Discovery Institute, a fundamentalist conservative Christian think tank attempting to discredit evolution. It wasn't produced by scientific methods and has been rejected by the scientific community with many of the signers retracting, saying they felt conned.

New York Times science reporter Kenneth Chang wrote in 2006 that even the Discovery Institute admits only 25 percent of their signers were biologists, with fewer still working in evolutionary research. The rest were chemists, engineers, physicists and medical doctors -- evolutionary laymen.

Why couldn't God have created evolution if He created mankind? To refute that possibility is to refute the majesty of God.

Ed Chainey

Richmond