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    Letters to the editor

    Boston Globe Magazine readers respond to recent stories on health care executives, Cape Ann, and a certain kind of airport behavior.


    I enjoyed Robert Weisman’s piece on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and its CEO, Andrew Dreyfus (“The Last Health Care Reform Optimist,” July 13). But one thing that nagged at me during the whole story about how great he is is the main reason that most people like me are skeptical of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts: the deal they had for years with Partners that resulted in paying above-market rates, which shortchanged ratepayers while advantaging the academic hospital system.

    What are they doing to get their payments under control with Partners? The switch to global payments is only one part of bringing down their sky-high reimbursements, and the payments to Partners are one of the reasons the company — and by extension, the Commonwealth — has such high medical costs. Dreyfus sounds like a great guy, but I wish you had pushed him a bit for answers about this very problematic part of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts’s recent history.

    Paras D. Bhayani



    Good article, although the “Massachusetts first” mentality is getting a little old. I’m convinced that mind-set was a major contributing factor to the spectacular failure of the Connector. We find out after that expensive blunder that there were actually states that had a better take on how to get the job done. I’m all for optimism, but sometimes I think our arrogance gets in the way.


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    Dreyfus a reformer? Yeah right. Perhaps Dreyfus could reform the massive administrative burden that his industry offloads on providers. Maybe he could reform how his industry has managed to do an end run around mental health parity laws by using low reimbursement and extremely limited networks.


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    The article on Cape Ann was very good and informative (“Escape to the Other Cape,” July 13). I know that you cannot mention every restaurant, but I did want to point out Ohana in Gloucester. It has received great accolades in its short history as it offers a different type of food for the area.

    Paul Cohen



    I couldn’t agree with writer Alyssa Giacobbe more about Good Harbor Beach and Wingaersheek Beach — I so enjoy them (except I was unable to get into the parking lot once in five tries last year). Also, you missed mentioning a gem: Gloucester Stage Company.

    Suzan Chatis


    Downtown Gloucester has some great bookstores; Virgilio’s, one of the best Italian delis anywhere; The Cave, the best cheese store on the North Shore; and the Lone Gull, a great independent cafe; and numerous art galleries. It’s definitely worth exploring and not a tourist trap like Rockport.


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    How quirky and charming it is that Art Sesnovich takes pride in competing with strangers to be the last to board the plane (Connections, July 13). Art, the rest of us just want to get there. Do us a favor.

    Ben Craft


    I just had to let Sesnovich know how much my husband and I enjoyed his essay. I can’t remember the last time I laughed out loud for such a long time.

    Margaret Vogel

    Pittston, Maine

    Is there anything in which humans do not compete?


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    Loved it!

    Vin LeVine


    I read and reread “Duel of the Dawdlers,” but for me there is a missing factor in the equation. To wit: I cannot see a single advantage to boarding a plane last.

    Dana Hayden



    I think the Miss Conduct letter writer was being too hard on the stew of leftovers and expired items brought over by her mother-in-law (July 13). Many of us who grew up in less-than-ideal financial situations ate “stone soup” for meals, and we lived. And it’s not OK to freeze vegetables and then defrost them? Because many of us have survived that, too. The writer ought to have a little compassion for someone who maybe grew up in different circumstances and is frugal (in pay-for-garbage towns, one way to deal is to recycle, reuse, and create less garbage, which it sounds like the mother-in-law is doing) and appreciate the thought behind the gesture. I hope this mom is not bringing up her kids to be as impatient and lacking in empathy as she is.

    Maureen Milliken

    Belgrade Lakes, Maine

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