May 3, 2013

Ezra Klein’s April 28 Business article, “The nurse’s house call: If this were a pill, you’d do anything to get it,” was interesting enough that it kept me reading, beginning to end. Another fine example of how dysfunctional government has become.

But perhaps one thing good writers do time and again over the years might be called to his attention. Klein wrote: “[A]fter adjusting for demographic factors . . . social isolation increased the likelihood of death among the elderly by a stunning 26 percent.” I expect to live out my allotted time and die (remember the “death and taxes” cliche), whatever I do. Some sort of qualifier of “death” — premature, sudden, painful, picture your adjective here — was required.

Hary Meem, Richmond