Comments: Week of June 28, 2010

1. Steve Fishman’s account of Bernie Madoff’s life behind bars at the medium-security prison in Butner, North Carolina (“Bernie Madoff, Free at Last,”June 14–21), was, according to The Wall Street Journal’s

2. Jennifer Gonnerman’s article detailing the struggles of full-time nannies to win greater workplace rights (“The Nanny Uprising,” June 14–21) elicited sympathetic comments on nymag.com. “Though there are obvious reasons that nannies deserve that this bill pass, it is appalling that there are so many families who treat their nannies with such little respect,” wrote in reader Amy Gittelman. “Our nanny started with us when my son was 15 days old. The only reason I let her go is that my son was going to be in school. She was and is truly wonderful and is welcome in my home at any time.” Not that everyone views the proposals in question as a good idea. “Although these demands [in the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights] are ideal and fair, they would make it impossible for many families to stay in NYC, where most of the parent’s paycheck goes toward the nanny’s salary! The result would be an exodus of families from New York City and less jobs for nannies,” argued one commenter. Lisa Belkin at the TimesMotherlode blog used the article to spark a series of posts and discussion of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights that went on throughout the week with her commenters.

3. Some corrections to our “Best Doctors” issue (June 14–21): In the index of hospitals for the physicians on the “Best Doctors” list on page 105, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center was left off. Dr. Steven Inglis, a Jamaica physician, is cited under Maternal and Fetal Medicine. In “My Toughest Case: Treating a Contract Killer,” Alice Medalia is identified as a psychiatrist; she’s a psychologist. Finally, there has been some confusion over how the doctors featured in the “My Toughest Case” profiles are chosen. Although Castle Connolly is responsible for the “Best Doctors” list itself, New York Magazine chooses which doctors get feature treatment.

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Comments: Week of June 28, 2010