In Defense of a Doctor

Liz Szabo reveals some disturbing information about various physicians practicing in the state ("Dangerous Doctors," Cover Story, Feb. 5).

I am offended by one of the profiles with respect to Dr. Vincent Speckhart. The description unfairly portrays him as a reckless physician. Quite to the contrary, he is a compassionate and caring Christian doctor with 40 years of clinical experience. He has countless satisfied and healthy patients. I do admit personal bias because he is my father.

It is hurtful to see him compared to incompetent abortionists, surgeons or even those accused of murder. Ms. Szabo summarized the case with glittering generalizations that included inaccurate and incomplete treatment descriptions and patient history. She decided for herself to be judge and jury. Her journalistic point of view does not serve the public good when false statements, half truths and innuendo are presented as fact. Finally, the article did not state any new information relating to his current status.

James Speckhart

Graham Slammed

Gee, great. So now Style Weekly is acting as a cheering section for a right-wing extremist, hate-mongering AM radio talk show — something Richmond radio suffers a real dearth of, I might add ("Listen at Your Own Risk," Cover Story, Feb. 19).

So how unfortunate that Michael Graham has the promotional clout of your weekly behind him, the better to ensure that his swill won't go unnoticed. How about Style giving an equal spotlight to the lefty liberal radio show? But wait, I forgot — with all the "left-wing bids" rampant in the news media, there don't seem to be any programs like that to run a cover story on. How odd. Maybe someday that will change — probably about the time "old Richmond" admits the North actually won the war. Until then, I'll be keeping my dial tuned to NPR, where the intelligent talk is still to be found.

Elaine Wood



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