Kaiser has used this system for decades

I am so glad that the patients at the new John Muir Outpatient Center will be able to enjoy the benefit of "One-Stop Shopping" that I have had for 60 years as a member of Kaiser.

As I read through the article's listing of "innovations," I could not figure out what was so special, since it is the way I have received my health care forever. Then, at the very end it says, "Kaiser Permanente has been doing something similar for years." That is correct.

If the Affordable Health Care Act prompts more groups to adopt this model, health care and its costs will become much more efficient, and patients will benefit tremendously.

Stephanie Shell

Hayward

Children's Hospital has been a blessing

My siblings and I are lifelong residents of the Bay Area who, since the 1960s, have spent more than 50 years experiencing many facets of Children's Hospital Oakland. Our dad was one of the very first pediatric sub-specialists there. We have been patients ourselves; our children, nieces and nephews have been patients; we have volunteered, raised money, and have had the pleasure of meeting many Children's Hospital staff members.


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On behalf of myself and my three siblings, we want to publicly state what a privilege and honor it has been to grow up with Children's Hospital being a major part of our lives, and publicly give thanks for the professionalism, lifesaving dedication, and world-class care that has always been at the core of this amazing place.

Joan Senz Wakefield

San Francisco

Bigotry apparent in boycott movement

I agree with almost everything that Richard Cohen wrote about the repugnant academic boycott of Israel, except his point that the boycotters are not always anti-Semitic ("What the boycotts tell Israel," Jan. 15, www.insidebayarea.com/opinion).

Criticism of Israel converges with anti-Semitism when it demonizes the Jewish state on the basis of outright lies, half-truths and language chicanery -- precisely the same way as anti-Semites have demonized Jews since times immemorial.

Anti-Semitism is like pornography, which sometimes one may have a difficult time to exactly define but is recognizable by the famous Justice Potter Stewart's dictum: "I know it when I see it."

The boycott movement belongs to the anti-Semitism because its goals are predicated on the same falsehoods of the old-fashioned anti-Semitism:

1. "Ending the occupation of all Arab lands" is a trickery jargon implying a Jew-free territory between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.

2. "Recognizing the fundamental right of Arab citizens in Israel" is a total lie since their rights have been recognized a long time ago. Of course, there are some problems, as the case may be with every minority in every country.

3. "Respect for the right of return of Palestinian refugees, in accordance with the U.N. resolution 194" is a typical half-truth since paragraph 11 of the Resolution talks about all refugees, i.e., including Jews from Arab countries, also.

The bigotry of the boycott movement is patently obvious.

Vladimir Kaplan

San Mateo

Must do our part in the face of drought

I was very interested in the recent article about the drought and am glad the paper is calling it a drought.

I don't know why Gov. Jerry Brown has not yet used the "d" word. It would encourage people to save water.

This is a serious situation, with reservoirs only a third full, the snowpack just 20 percent of normal and last year the driest calendar year in recorded history in California. We should all be trying hard to save water, like not leaving the faucet running unnecessarily, not flushing every time, not washing our clothes so often, not watering the garden so often. In fact, I am appalled to see the lawns around Lake Temescal so luxuriously green.

We should not be using precious drinking water on lawns. These are not normal times. We all need to do our bit, even the regional park district.

Kathleen Whitney

Oakland