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Opinion: Letters to the Editor

Letters for March 15

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Opinion,Letters to the Editor

Wells voted to restrict nightclub challenges

Re: "D.C. councilman worried about retaliation in NoMa shooting," March 13

Thirteen victims sustained gunshot injuries following Monday's drive-by shooting two blocks from the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro station, where nightclubs are notorious for disrupting the peace, order and quiet of the area.

A July 27, 2011, ABC Board fact-finding hearing determined that the Metropolitan Police Department has responded to literally hundreds of calls regarding Fur Nightclub, including fights between its patrons. The nightclub has also has been the subject of dozens of investigations by the city's Alcohol Beverage Control Administration. Clearly, enforcement of the alcohol beverage law is woefully lacking and, arguably, corrupt.

However, only now does Ward 6 D.C. Councilman Tommy Wells pledge to do his best to remove such nightclubs from the area -- after he voted for the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2012, which fails to strike the proper balance between these businesses and nearby residents. That legislation also limited residents' ability to challenge the licenses of rogue operations.

John Hammond

Washington

U.S. health care system is one of world's best

Re: "Our money-based health care system is world's costliest, least efficient," From Readers, March 10

Marc Mocarkski asserts that "... by any measure we have the least efficient yet most expensive health care system in the universe" without a shred of evidence.

Like most liberals, he probably has in mind fallacious "data" and "conclusions" from the World Health Organization Surveys of National Health Systems. The first of these in 1980 ranked the U.S. about 34th -- not "worst in the universe." But even this ranking was delusional.

That first survey was initiated by WHO's recently appointed and prominently socialist president who had an arguably Marxist agenda. It contained 20 questions which rated national health systems on the basis of answers to questions about social, political and economic conditions presumed to index health system quality, but with no proven causal relation to such quality.

For example, life span and infant mortality were prominent "measures." But while short life and high infant mortality may be outcomes of a bad health system, it's illogical and meaningless to reason backward and draw conclusions about health system quality, as WHO did.

Two of the questions actually dealt with health system effectiveness -- and here the U.S topped the list of nations.

Dr. Angelo Mirabella, Ph.D.

Silver Spring

Cutting through the confusion about religious rights

Re: "Gender equality elusive in Muslim countries," From Readers, March 11, and "Muslim women have more rights than Westerners," From Readers, March 7

Aneela Wadan made a very interesting point regarding the rights of Muslim women in her March 7 letter, but many Washington Examiner readers may have been confused by the headline and her letter's content.

As a college student and aMuslim woman, I know very well that in many Muslim countries women lack their basic God-given rights. It is the beauty of the United States that we can practice our faith as we please. Being born and raised in the D.C. area has shown me that my American values actually reinforce my Islamic values, such as tolerance, equality and free will.

I am also of Pakistani descent so yes, as Steve Dowling mentioned, I do know about and admireMalala Yousafzai's struggle. But Ms. Wadan was not glorifying countries such as Pakistan, merely drawing a connection between the rights given to her by both her faith and her country -- America.

Saira Bhatti

Centreville

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