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Published:Monday | April 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Ford's prescription

Dr Jephthah Ford's letter of Saturday, April 3 states the obvious - our resources are limited. His solution is to remove free health care, thereby reducing the number of patients seeking health care. This would give patients of means a better chance of survival. Poor patients would die, but outside of his view.

Dr Ford might have given a good illustration of why Jamaica leads the world in murder and Dudus reigns. If this is all the concern that men who took the Hippocratic Oath, learned men, "the haves", have for the lives of the poor, why would you expect them to value yours?

I hope Dr Ford is incorrect in his assertion that this is the view of many doctors. If so, then we are truly lost.

Doreen McGann

Stockholm, Sweden

Why the visa cancellations?

The revocation of the United States (US) visas of several of our entertainers in the music industry is indeed a severe impairment to their potential income stream. This will not only affect the income potential of the entertainers, but also those who work with them - booking agency, the Government's tax appetite, and so on.

I concede that having a US visa is a privilege and not a right and thus there is no obligation for an explanation by the American embassy. It would be good, however, for the US to give a reason to appease the anxiety of the entertainers' stakeholders and large fan base, and by extension upcoming entertainers who would learn from their mistakes.

What's the real reason for the spate of visa revocations in recent times? I hear speculation upon speculation, but this serves to do more harm than good.

Here are possible reasons cited:

The Christopher 'Dudus' Coke saga;

Relationships with persons of questionable character;

The violent content of their lyrics;

The sexually explicit nature of their music.

These were the only speculations I could come up with, none of which may be correct, thus leading to more and more uncertainties which could do more harm than good to the individuals in question, their stakeholders, including their fan base and the country.