Letters To The Editor 11/17/2018

November 17, 2018


Forgiveness urged

Editor In excerpts from her memoir “Becoming,” obtained by The Washington Post, the newspaper reported that former first lady Michelle Obama said she will “never forgive Trump for the ‘xenophobic’ claims that her husband, former President Obama, was not actually born in America.”

Perhaps she is not aware of what the Rev. Martin Luther King said about forgiveness: “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude,” and “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.”

To withhold forgiveness and to indulge in self-righteous feelings is a heady power. Yes, wrongs should be righted. We deserve to feel contempt for those who hurt us.

Refusing to forgive doesn’t grant us power, it enslaves us. Feeling contempt for others rarely makes a significant difference in our lives. Absolutely no good whatsoever comes from refusing to forgive.

This is why Jesus said we are to forgive one another 70 times seven. We should forgive so much that it becomes second nature. Perhaps if we adhere more to what the King and Jesus said about forgiveness we all may be better and have less violence in our society.



Help appreciated

Editor: I want to acknowledge workers named Chris, Eddie and Joe, who are employed by J.P. Mascaro and Sons Solid Waste and Recycling Services.

I was on a walk behind Abington Heights High School when I slipped on some loose rocks and fell. These caring men saw me limping toward the road and ran through waist-high weeds to help me make it to the street. They stayed with me until my husband came to get me.

I am grateful for their kindness and concern. In a very frightening moment for me, they offered comfort.

After getting X-rays I learned my hip was broken and I needed surgery. A month later, I am on the mend. Thanks again for helping me. I will always remember the kindness.




Religiously intolerant

Editor: I find it ironic when Christians cry foul when their religious icons are removed from public places (“Religious displays OK,” Nov. 10).

Other religions and secularists could say the same about the writer who defended public religious displays. Christians have no problem pushing their religious beliefs on others regarding issues such as divorce, abortion and gay rights. I believe that these ideas should be put on a ballot to let the people decide, not politicians who often are in the pocket of the religious right.

Furthermore, why should your religious icons be sacred and not others? Would people be offended, for example, if a statue of Buddha or a Wiccan pentacle were placed in front of the state capital? How about Muslim prayers in schools?

Remember, the United States is a secular nation. There was a reason the Founders made a point of separating religion and government. It wasn’t to keep government out of religion but to keep religion out of government.

Those “bitter people” mentioned in the letter are tired of having religion forced upon them. Consider how you would feel if members of another religion did the same to you.




Liberals are coming

Editor: Congratulations liberals, you now have gained control of the House of Representatives. You may think you now have power but it’s not. It’s called force.

Some of the destructive agendas liberals forced upon America include the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the World Trade Organization and Common Core.

We now have upwards of 50 languages spoken in our schools and a drastic increase in remedials. We have sanctuary cities and diseases once eradicated here are making a comeback.

Don’t forget the infamous #MeToo movement, in which people are considered guilty until proven innocent. Even when proven innocent, you may still be guilty of being a man.

I cringe thinking about what horrors liberals plan to unleash in the coming years. Consider: “What goes around comes around,” “Be careful what you wish for you just might get it,” and “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

I do not subscribe to any of the colloquial terms accepted by the people, including Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservative, independent, libertarian and other labels. I choose, American.




Full staffing needed

Editor: Voters rejected a Massachusetts ballot question regarding nurse-patient ratios on Nov. 6.

Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association President Steve Walsh claimed victory “to continue providing the best possible care for patients throughout Massachusetts.”

Although the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association does not support mandated nurse ratios, what Walsh and many hospitals and health systems fail to hear and acknowledge is that inadequate nurse staffing exists across the nation. Forty percent of hospital nurses have burnout levels that exceed the norms for health care workers. Job dissatisfaction among hospital nurses is four times greater than the average for all U.S. workers, and one in five hospital nurses report that they intend to leave their jobs within a year.

It’s time for hospitals and health systems to provide adequate staffing levels so that nurses can deliver the best possible care for patients. The solution begins by working with hospital administrators to address nurse staffing. Nurses welcome the conversation.




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