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Health-Care Clarity

I just finished reading Ms. Caudron's article (Health-Care Costs: HR's Crisis Has Real Solutions, February 2002) and found it very well done. It is concise, yet covers all the relevant issues in a way that even lay employees can understand and appreciate. Over the past few years I have read dozens of articles on the health care crisis, none, however, brought out the issues with the clarity of this one. This article will be worth sharing with our employee benefit committee and may well shape our future strategy in controlling health care costs.

Jim Bruce

HR Director Douglas County

Roseburg, Oregon

Mintzberg Is Missing

Congrats on a super 80th anniversary issue (January 2002), especially the 80 people, events, trends, and innovations that have shaped HR and the workplace.

Perhaps a little too much red, white and blue was in evidence as you overlooked Henry Mintzberg of McGill University, one of the world's foremost management thinkers. (Here is a Web site that contains more on Mintzberg: www.henrymintzberg.com)

Rodney McLean, Instructor

HR/Admin/Marketing/Finance

Palliser Campus, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada

EDITOR'S NOTE: We could not include every insightful management thinker in the 80th anniversary issue, but were pleased to pass on the information about Mintzberg's site. We also note that Mintzberg was the source of the HR Verbatim in the March 2002 issue. And if you missed the 80th anniversary issue, you can read The Workforce 80 at: www workforce.com/section/00/feature/23/10/75/index.html.

Cuban Comparisons

In your article ("Think Twice," March 2002, and at Workforce.com) you write about Mark Cuban: "The massages, the ergonomic chairs, the TVs, and the other perks cost Cuban less than one half of one percent of payroll. …

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