Don’t give up on America
To the editor:
Our vote is important, so please vote.
First, I’d like to say President Obama is trying, and has tried to improve the economy with not much success in his first term. I feel good that an African American can be elected president in the United States. It says a lot about equality in our form of government. However, if he cannot get Congress to cross the aisle and work together to solve our problems and move our country in a new and better direction, then maybe we should vote for someone different now to see what he might be able to do.
I think we need changes in our foreign policy to improve national security. We need to get the economy moving again, balance the budget and find a way to pay down the national debt. We can do this, if we get people in Congress to work together and stop the political posturing that’s going on and start doing what needs to be done for the good of our country. There are other problems that need to be solved. I just mentioned a few.
So come November, let’s use our best judgment and vote for the one who might be able to get our country moving in a new direction. Don’t give up on America, it is still the best country in the world.
Let’s build on out fine school-nursing tradition
To the editor:
Meritus Medical Center is now hiring staff to work in the Washington County School Health Program previously managed by the Washington County Health Department (hereafter referred to as WCHD). This is being accomplished with the Washington County Public School System assuming oversight of the program.
The nurses and assistants in this program have had an anxious summer after learning of their job layoffs from the WCHD.
The school health program began 18 years ago in Washington County under the leadership and direction of knowledgeable, supportive and professional people. Although I retired in 2012, I was one of the fortunate ones to have been hired to work as a school nursing assistant in this program. Early on, the program’s supervisors recognized the importance of a good collaboration between the WCHD and the Board of Education for the success of this program.
In my opinion, in recent years a cooperative relationship between the WCHD and the BOE has not been fostered as it had been in earlier years. Also, I feel that the school health staff has not been given the same support and leadership they once enjoyed from their soon-to-be former employer, the WCHD.
Despite the difficulties of recent years, the nursing staff working in the schools have continued to provide excellent health care for the children of Washington County. Their experience and expertise in caring for students over the years is invaluable. I am hopeful that Meritus will hire these dedicated people to continue to work in the schools in a health program they know so well.
Parents must be taught to be accountable
To the editor:
This is about the relatively new program of feeding children school lunches when they are not in school, during summer break.
It is true that some parents have lost their jobs and thus are looking for any kind of handout they can get. If these parents want to support their children who are receiving free lunches, the parents could do enough volunteer work to cover the service and cost of their child being in the lunch program.
We have so many people who take — and feel no moral obligation to give back.
We have developed a culture of unemployment where people choose not to work unless they get a “perfect” job and a “perfect” salary right off the bat.
These people are not working at a fast-food restaurant to mitigate their “need” for hand-outs. We have told them in countless ways and countless programs that there is no shame for the 47 percent who don’t work to live off the 53 percent who do work.
This situation is like the dance where we go one step forward and two steps back.
I am willing to bet that most of these children are not of parents who suddenly lost a job, but are of parents who never bothered to get a job. As a society we encourage dependence on the public sector, when we hand out all we can and look for still more programs to hand out the taxpayers money. We do not teach that parents are obligated to provide for their children. Of course we want children to get fed, but it needs to be a part of teaching and demanding parental responsibility programs where they will take over the tasks of raising their children.
Using “government” money is a misnomer. It belongs to that taxpayer. Socialists believe that the private sector produces and the government distributes. If you do not think this is inherently a problem, pay attention to how things are going or not going so well in may countries on the other side of the Atlantic.
Anne P. Wright