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Many patients have benefited from chiropractic care

Re: Chiropractic school angers FSU professors, Dec. 29.

So some Florida State University College of Medicine professors are threatening to resign if FSU goes forward with the chiropractic school? I say, so what? They can and will be replaced.

I thought all this "chiropractic is quackery" nonsense had long since been put to rest.

Millions of people have benefited from chiropractic care. I have had opponents tell me that the state has no business teaching chiropractic. Really, there's no less of a reason for the state to be involved in this than in training teachers, pharmacists, or anything else.

Ernest Lane, Trinity

Let the professors resign

Re: Chiropractic school angers FSU professors.

I battled a herniated disc for 20 years before going to a chiropractor. I had seen numerous physicians and primarily became nauseated and without pain relief from the medications prescribed. The chiropractors were the only ones to help relieve my pain and return me to my full routine of exercise.

Regarding the professors who are threatening to resign, I can only say that FSU will be better off without them. I don't want my tax dollars supporting the salary of anyone so rigid in his or her beliefs teaching medical students, conducting research, or worse yet, seeing patients.

David M. Wagner, St. Petersburg

A threat to doctors' golden goose?

So much for FSU being a first-rate institution where liberal-minded educators encourage diversity and critical thinking. What a bunch of hypocrites! Sounds to me like these protesting professors are a bunch of narrow-minded bigots that are more interested in keeping their personal pocketbooks well-lined with gold. Of course this gold comes from pushing more of their "miracle drugs" onto the much-too-trusting public. At least the public is finally starting to realize that they probably don't even need many of these new drugs or that they have been or could be harmed by them.

No wonder these professors are working so feverishly in order to suppress the establishment of a college that could bring to the forefront good alternatives to drugs. They consider this a challenge to their golden goose.

J. Larry McElveen, Belleair Bluffs

Resistance to change

Re: Chiropractic school angers FSU professors, by Ron Matus, Dec. 29.

Our medical establishment is under great pressure today. Increasingly we see reports of the dangers of medical intervention. The public has become more aware of these dangers, and in response has become more educated about health concerns. Demand for alternatives to standard medical treatments has grown exponentially in the past decade. The proposed chiropractic school at FSU is a direct result of these market pressures.

The parody map that was shown in Matus' article is profound evidence of the professional bigotry that exists in allopathic medicine today. I believe that it is beneath the dignity of our profession to have such a narrow-minded view of the world. As a physician board certified in holistic medicine, I can state that there is Class 1 evidence for many unconventional techniques including chiropractic, acupuncture, homeopathy, physical medicine, prayer, herbal medicine and nutritional therapy. I see their efficacy on a daily basis in my practice. What do these doctors fear?

Many FSU College of Medicine faculty members are experiencing significant emotional distress over the proposed change. Their reaction is understandable considering the stress under which they must function in today's medical world. Change, however, is inevitable. We can choose to face change as a challenge to grow, or we can attempt to thwart progress because of a need to maintain control.

I suggest that the faculty of FSU expand their horizons and begin a dialogue with other types of practitioners. I refer them to the Scientific Basis of Holistic Medicine from the American Holistic Medical Association (www.holisticmedicine.org) for further education.

Fred Harvey, M.D., Sarasota

Manipulating Florida voters

Re: Special interests underestimate voters, letter, Dec. 29.

Jeb Bush says he has "complete faith in the intelligence of Florida voters." He goes on to say, "It's the special interests that hijack the amendment process and sell issues without full disclosure of facts that I distrust." Amazingly, he concludes: "Unfortunately, special interest groups have decided to circumvent the legislative process to achieve their own ends by disguising their agendas as "citizen's initiatives' and giving voters only half the story, usually through an advertising blitz."

Jeb is not underestimating the voters' intelligence, he is cynically underscoring his estimate of how easily they are manipulated. This is the same governor who not only hijacked the entire Legislature but trashed the judiciary to foist his personal interest in Terry Schiavo on the taxpayers, even though it was clear that a majority of voters disagreed with the idea of having the governor inject himself into such a personal matter.

This is the same governor who rode in a canoe to proclaim his concern for the environment in general and the Ichetucknee River in particular. After he made his manipulative point, he allowed a cement manufacturing plant to build on the river.

Jeb's cynicism is clear in his letter _ his faith is in the idea that the "intelligent" Florida voter is asleep and the rest don't really care.

Howard C. Batt, Clearwater

Parents aren't a "special interest'

It is interesting to note that Jeb Bush, who has never been an educator of young children, can tell us that class size has no long-term effect on student achievement. It is further evident that he has never tried to teach science to 42 sixth graders. I have, however, and can reliably inform you that I am a much more effective teacher in a class of 24 students than I am with more than 30 children in a room.

I was further interested in Bush's not-so-veiled threats to further reduce teacher salaries and cut art and music programs in the state if the class size amendment is not repealed. The voters, he said, were not aware of all the issues and costs when they passed the class size amendment. He continues to inform us that this amendment was the result of "special interest groups" meddling in the legislative process.

Parents and educators are not a "special interest group." We are simply the voters and taxpayers in the state of Florida who have repeatedly declared that we want the best education possible for the children in our state. I believe that the funds for a top-notch, high-quality education exist in this state and can be allocated by the Legislature if it so chooses. It is all a matter of priorities. When will Florida's children become the priority?

Cathie Chapman, Clearwater

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