Nurses to the rescue | Oct. 2
Kind words for nurses welcome
What a refreshing article by Ravi Parikh. Harvard Medical School should be proud to have him as a student. I have been a registered nurse for 34 years and have seldom seen nurses publicly recognized for the skills that we must maintain in order to render our patients the high degree of care that we do.
While the majority of us are not trained for as long as physicians and do not claim to have all of the knowledge that they possess, we are the ones at the patient's bedside for the majority of the time. We must have the knowledge to recognize symptoms, adverse reactions, declining vital signs, medication reactions, and so on in order to report to the physicians any change in condition.
Nursing has become specialized over the past few decades and our education must keep up with the changes: accepted treatments, new medications, new equipment, computer knowledge. It takes many hours of continuing education to maintain skills.
We do not expect thank-yous, for it is our chosen profession and we deliver care with pride. It is, however, nice to have a member of the medical profession recognize all that we nurses have to offer.
Terry Minyard, R.N., CAPA, Palm Harbor
From his garage to all the world | Oct. 6
Courage to follow his heart
Steve Jobs had an uncanny knack for looking into the future and daring to be different in the present. His genius lay in making things for people before they knew they needed them. His creations successfully disrupted the universe of gadgets and entertainment, creating new benchmarks of excellence, quality and usability.
Jobs had a timeless message for everyone: The only way to do great work is to love what one does. Another powerful message was his outlook on life. In his commencement address at Stanford in 2005, he said: "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living somebody else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma. … And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." This summed up the life and work of a college dropout who, by having the courage to follow his heart and intuition, changed the world.
The impact of Jobs' creativity, vision and philosophical insights will be felt for decades to come.
Rev. Abhi Janamanchi, Clearwater
Jobs for China
I hear Republicans calling Steve Jobs, a great American, a wealthy "job creator." My research shows that the millions of iPhones and iPads were made in China. What America needs is American job creators, not Chinese job creators.
James Worley, Lutz
'Reform' hurts consumers | Oct. 6, letter
Credit unions can help
Does Sen. Marco Rubio really think voters blame banking reforms for the outrageous new debit cards fees from Bank of America and others? Those reforms were absolutely necessary in order to stop these bankers from bleeding us dry.
The new debit card fees are direct retaliation on consumers for supporting reforms on the banking industry. The fees are not needed to offset any burden imposed by reform. They are being instituted solely because the greedy banking titans want to continue their rapacious ways.
But fear not, citizens: Credit unions will happily take your business. They actually refund debit card/ATM fees imposed by other banks, so I pay zero for my checking and savings accounts.
Julie Canton, Tampa
Fees now out in the open
Sen. Marco Rubio claims that the recent Wall Street reform bill caused the Bank of America to impose a $5 debit card fee.
First, you were already paying those fees; they had been charged by the banks to store owners, who then passed them on in the price of goods. So the real change is from hidden fees to public fees. Now you can choose your bank based on a comparison of those fees.
Second, what do you suppose the actions of Lehman Bros., Bear Stearns, Bank of America, Countrywide Home Loans, etc., cost Americans in 2008, when massive, unregulated overleveraging caused the collapse of our economy?
John Kroll, Tarpon Springs
Republicans dash toward the brink | Oct. 6, commentary
The missing middle
Thomas Friedman asserts that had Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey entered the race for the Republican nomination for president, it would have given Republican moderates an alternative to the current field of mostly extreme right-wing Republican candidates.
Friedman also asserts that Christie's candidacy would have forced President Barack Obama back to the middle regarding economic policy rather than moving to the left: "We would have had a race between the Democratic center, independents and the Republican center."
Where does Friedman find this Republican center? Who are these moderates? What are their names? How have Obama's previous moves to the center (or more precisely, to the right) and his attempts at bipartisanship been met by these "moderates?"
Michael T. Gibbons, Lutz
A flawed future | Oct. 5
Flawed pricing structure
This is so typical of wealthy people blaming poor people for their problems. "Why aren't people forking over a mortgage payment to take their family to see my team play?"
My beef is the four-tiered pricing structure. They're telling us that teams like the Orioles are lousy and the tickets are cheap, but that the Yankees and Red Sox are worth a whole lot more.
My basic math education tells me that if you fill the stadium with reasonably priced tickets you would make a killing on parking, not to mention the concessions.
A filled seat spends money. Reduce the prices for a flat rate for all games and you'll fill the stadium. Fill the stadium and fill the parking lots. Fill the parking lots and create longer lines at the concession stands.
Randall Durham, Largo
Salary cap needed
I can't continue to listen to the owner of the Rays talk about how the Rays deserve better or will be "vaporized" due to the lack of support by fans. At what point are the owners of small-market teams going to finally have the guts to stand together and demand a salary cap in baseball, rather than rant about the lack of support by fans?
Aaron Whitaker, Largo