letters | that peculiar hyphenate ‘doctor-politician’

One person’s gaffe may be another’s principled stance

Re “How can smart doctors be stupid politicians?” by Nathaniel P. Morris (Op-ed, Aug. 26): I certainly do not agree with all of the opinions of every doctor in Congress on political or religious matters. No one should feel obliged to agree with them just because they have an M.D. after their name, any more than they should agree with lawyers in Congress.

However, just because a doctor in elected office disputes political correctness or government micromanagement of health care, that does not make the person a stupid politician — unless you think the voters who elected him or her are also stupid.

Richard E. Ralston

Executive director

Americans for Free Choice

in Medicine

Newport Beach, Calif.