The writer of "Killing private health care?" (letter, Aug. 11) advises Stars and Stripes to choose a journalist who did his research before writing a story.

Well, the last sentence of his letter states that the health care system in America is the best in the world. If the letter writer had done his research, he would have discovered that the last time statistics were compiled, America’s health care was rated No. 37 in the world. I recently read where our child mortality rate was rated 34th in the world.

These are sad numbers for a country that was once the world leader in just about every standard-of-living category anyone cared to look at.

What happened to us? Greed, corruption and arrogance come to mind. But there is one category I think we do lead in: One of every 100 [adult] Americans is incarcerated.

Bob CrockettMainz, Germany

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