Columnist is all wet on 'ice bucket' funding

To the editor: Michael Hiltzik does a disservice to organizations conducting research on “rare” diseases.  ( “A cold look at the ice bucket challenge,” Column, Aug. 20) It is precisely because the incidence of the disease is low that the ALS Assn. gets a tiny fraction of a sliver of federal research funds, and must depend on what Hiltzik condescendingly calls “stunt philanthropy” to raise awareness and research dollars. You don’t have to “give a bit more thought” to where your money is going. It’s already going to big-ticket diseases. Michelle Gee, Piedmont, Calif. .. To the editor: A fad gone viral is very likely to...