Then the “fashion” pages, multiple full-page outlines of plastic jewelry? Come on, this may fly in Seventeen magazine, but this is supposed to be for the working-class women, most of whom wouldn’t be caught dead wearing plastic. A cubic zirconium maybe, but plastic?? This seems like a complete waste of space and makes you wonder if you needed something to just fill up a few pages. There are too many references and articles about celebrities and politicians. If I want to read about this, then I’ll buy the National Enquirer. You’ve got at least seven pages with junk from pharmaceutical ads. Where are all the fitness articles? There is next to nothing about eating healthy, exercise, how to make your body look thinner by clothes, makeup and shoes. There is nothing about surviving in the workforce, nothing about job seeking or career advice. There are far more advertisements (full page) than articles. As a business owner, I understand you need the advertisements, but full-page ads should be at least a 1:3 ratio to reading materials. How about some articles about couponing, saving money, cutting costs?? The captions on the front page are not indicative of what is inside the magazine; it’s misleading to your readers.
No offense, but you asked for honest opinions, good or bad.
I applaud your effort to bring attention to the epidemic of prescription drug addiction in this country in your article “Lethal Weapon.” As a physician, I too have watched in horror as drugs that were once used only in extreme situations are now handed out as routine home medications. I think, however, that your article missed a large piece of the picture. When insurance companies began denying hospital stays after major surgery (think knee replacement, back surgery, mastectomy) and sent patients home to cope with severe pain after only 24 hours of care, what exactly were their physicians supposed to do? Tell them to take Motrin? For many patients, post-op pain is worse the second or third day after surgery. Physicians receive little training on outpatient pain management, especially management of post-op pain in the outpatient setting. The last thing a compassionate physician wants is for his or her patient to go home and become incapacitated because of pain, thereby setting themselves up for further complications. Can we for once take a look at who is really driving the health care, or lack thereof, in this country? If you think for one second your physician chooses your plan of care, think again. In the long run, your care, and your prescriptions, are managed by your health care plan.
--Elizabeth Patrenos, MD
Andrea Mitchell indicates that women voters are concerned about threats to their rights. Concerning contraception, no one is denying the right of women to use contraceptives; however, by forcing Church-related employers who do not believe in contraception to provide contraceptives, the health care bill would be denying the Church its right to practice its beliefs. I am grateful for both the opportunity to use contraceptives and to worship without goverment control.
I was thrilled at the concept of the magazine when it first came out. I read it and subscribed, but over time I came to realize that you cover women over 40 but you really stop providing any articles of interest or substance for women over 65. My guess is that you ladies involved in the production of the magazine have to join the “over 65” age group to better appreciate this time frame. Maybe then you will be inspired and equipped to comment on and to celebrate this different stage. Also, by then there will be so many of you, as baby boomers, that you will be compelled to address the “over 65” age group. Maybe you will even have a “More+” monthly edition just for that group . . . who knows? It could be fun. Anyways, enjoy the journey!