2000-06-17 / Letters

Wrong Enemy

Dear Editor;

It has been ruled that Microsoft is to be broken into two companies for what appears to be sour grapes on the part of competitors who can’t hack it. It is obvious that they are the ones that will gain in this affair. Bill Gates deserves admiration for his accomplishments in his field; instead he is vilified for his achievements. His products are accessible to all who want them, either on their own personal computer or in the library.

There is no other industry as much in need of control as the pharmaceutical companies. Unlike Microsoft, those monopolies are totally out of control, gouging the people on whose lives depend their products. I’m a pensioner on a fixed income, and about 25 percent of my pension is spent on prescription medicines. Only recently, a doctor prescribed medication for me to take, and I was told by the pharmacist that a 30-day supply costs $120.00, and I had to decide which will it be, food or medication. It was really an easy decision. Without eating I will die within the week, but without the medicine I may not even see my next birthday.

All that you have to do is multiply this by millions, and you too will see my point.

Leave Microsoft alone and go for the real villains, the pharmaceutical companies.


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