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Thank you, Jonathan Thompson, for your great writing and for exposing “The Big Sell-Out” (HCN, 2/19/18). The “orphaned wells” story in the same issue could have just as easily been titled, “How the ‘Third Man’ always gets the shaft.” The Koch brothers’ American Legislative Exchange Council, as one dark-money example, writes legislation and buys legislators to socialize their costs in exchange for privatizing the profits. We the people don’t “own the place,” as Thompson suggests. We merely pay for it on behalf of the private domain and the sullied, salaried “representatives” who sell us out and toss us down the well of abandonment.

Sean Doyle
Corvallis, Oregon