Our own Joe Tone thinks
cover headline "The Case for Killing Granny
" is evidence that the folks at the mag have lost it, and maybe they have. After all, author Evan Thomas makes a Colorado reference in illustrating the healthcare disparities (according to him, the average cost of Medicare treatment in Boulder is $9,103, while it's $6,448 in Fort Collins, an hour away) without mentioning former Governor Dick Lamm, whose famous comment about seniors having a "duty to die" -- a remark he's long said was misinterpreted -- has gotten new life of late. Examples: CBS mentioned in not one
but two recent reports
In a September 2 Denver Post interview, Lamm said he felt vindicated by the debate over so-called "end of life" issues -- the latest phrase to anger the elderly. But as the Newsweek banner demonstrates, it's a lot easier to stir ire when it comes to dealing with such topics than it is to discuss them coolly and dispassionately.