Walgreens’ prescription options are competitive 

An Express Scripts spokesman quoted in the Sunday story “Walgreens users may have to fill prescriptions elsewhere” left the misleading impression that Walgreens is uncompetitive compared to other pharmacies they deal with.

During our contract negotiations with Express Scripts, we have consistently offered a number of cost-saving concessions which would hold annual average prescription reimbursement cost increases to within an estimated 2 percent over the next three years, which is much lower than recent annual increases in overall health care costs.

We also offer employer-based plans such as Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Cross Blue Shield the option of contracting directly with us when their agreements permit them to do so, eliminating the Express Scripts middleman. Plan sponsors can easily compare Walgreens’ proposed rates and terms to their existing contract terms to see if they will benefit, which, of course, we are confident they will.

Kermit R. Crawford, Walgreens, Deerfield, Ill.

Mirkarimi has cut crime

What distinguishes Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi from his opponents in the San Francisco sheriff’s race is his track record in the Western Addition portion of his district where I live.

We were living in a crisis zone for years with youth senselessly gunning down other youth with a heart-breaking frequency. Mirkarimi fought to ensure that vital services for youth were not decimated during the budget process.

He supported programs for ex-offenders to re-enter the community in a positive way, police foot patrols, etc.

Since he has been our supervisor, his policies and efforts have resulted, thankfully, in a steep reduction in violent crime for the formerly dangerous pockets within District 5.

Tami Bryant, San Francisco

Car ban is discriminatory

Disabled people of all kinds are 15 percent of San Francisco’s population. Seniors with or without disabilities are also a major part of The City’s residents. Yet, Supervisor David Chiu’s plan to ban autos on Market Street and similar plans by others are de facto discrimination against disabled and senior transportation.

The ideology of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, its supporters within the San Francisco Planning Department and other City Hall bureaucracies, that only able-bodied transport modes such as bicycles are acceptable is blatantly discriminatory. What is needed is a lawsuit against such plans.

Fiona McGregor, San Francisco

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