Stephen C. Antalics Jr., Bethlehem
Drug companies in cahoots
After many delays, a generic for the drug Lipitor was finally approved. A generic was made available, but what happened? Pfizer, the maker of Lipitor, persuaded the generic manufacturer to keep its price the same as Lipitor's, just for a short while. I recently went online to order my third 90-day supply of Lipitor, and guess what? The price for the generic is still the same as Lipitor's. This is not a short while in my view. Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration does nothing about this scam. What is even stranger is that I can order from Canada, get 100 pills, and save about $40. Is anything on the up and up anymore?
Ron Costello, Warminster, email@example.com
Red-light cameras save lives
"Red-light cameras: Cash cow in the fast lane" (June 3) wrongly casts those who run red lights as victims of a government ploy, when in fact they are lawbreakers who should be held accountable for their actions. In 2002, we learned firsthand the result of drivers "blowing through the intersection a second after the traffic light turned red" when our daughter, Sarah, was killed by a driver who did just that. Our grandchildren lost their mother because of a driver who felt he could ignore a red light.
As stated in your article, 676 are killed in red-light running crashes every year. Further, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study you referenced concluded safety cameras saved 159 lives in 14 cities in just four years. Safety cameras make people think twice before they drive in an irresponsible and dangerous manner. Restricting the use of these cameras in New Jersey, or passing on the opportunity to expand this technology in Pennsylvania, would be a step in the wrong direction.
Paul and Sue Oberhauser, Co-chairs, Traffic Safety Coalition, Somerset, Ohio
Cameras give towns new tax
I read your article concerning red light cameras with interest. If anyone is naive enough to think this is a safety issue, I've got some swampland in Florida for sale real cheap.
Putting aside the whole Orwellian issue, this is all about municipalities looking for ways to raise revenue. It's a disgrace, and amounts to a further tax on local residents who are already taxed to the max. Almost everywhere these cameras have been challenged in court, they have been declared unconstitutional, most recently in Florida.
More than 90 percent of the violations incurred nationwide for red-light camera violations are for the so-called "rolling right-hand turn." If authorities are so concerned about safety at certain intersections, just erect a "No Turn on Red" sign. I rest my case.
Steve Hunt, Marlton, SHunt1944@aol.com
Clearing the record
The position played by Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was described incorrectly in Thursday's Letters section.