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Most private medical groups don’t match the VA’s quality and service, in my experience. Where else are you pleasantly greeted and escorted to your appointment (should you need or request) by volunteers who are eager to help?
As for the May 15 editorial cartoon, the 20 or so appointments I’ve had over the past five years only once or twice have run late, and never more than 15 minutes, with efficient communication, explanation and apology. Up-to-date records and notes are all together there, with very few informational gaps. No need to duplicate tests or scans. All doctors in fields of specialty medicine know my overall history up to the present moment. Two doctors of different experience levels attend to my presence with every appointment. They discuss the situation with me and come to an agreed plan of action.
Hugh Newman, St. Louis Park
Plenty of parks here; let streets be streets
Summer sproutups sound cute as all get-out (“3 portable parks set for Minneapolis,” May 14). A park at 36th Street and Bryant Avenue S.? Yeah, we need a park in the midst of 36th Street and Bryant like we need more potholes. In the street? Really? How do the folks at Our Kitchen feel about this? A couple fewer spots for their customers. Two blocks to the south, Lyndale Farmstead Park; two blocks to the north, Painter Park. Wow, not really a dearth of parks in the ’hood over here. Not to mention the cost of what, $25,000? Can we not find better ways to use our resources and not inconvenience the people in the neighborhood?
Kris Froemming, Minneapolis
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