Letters to the Editor

Readers share views on patient care, KCK schools, Christians

Hospital practices

On Wednesday, National Time Out Day will be marked in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers around the country.

Taking a “time out” to confirm correct patient, correct procedure, correct surgical site and other important information before every operative and other invasive procedure is a requirement of the Joint Commission Universal Protocol. Despite the requirement, 40-60 wrong-site surgeries likely occur in the U.S. each week.

Time Out Day was created by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses in 2004 to raise awareness about the importance of requiring the entire surgical team to pause before all invasive procedures to communicate and confirm key information about the patient and procedure to help prevent errors.

Wrong patient, wrong site, wrong procedures are sentinel events — described by the Joint Commission as “an unexpected occurrence involving death or serious physical or psychological injury, or the risk thereof.”

To perioperative nurses, they are tragedies. That is why as a perioperative nurse and AORN member, I celebrate National Time Out Day with this public commitment to my patients, their loved ones and the entire surgical community that I will always take time out for every patient, every time.

Sharon Williamson


KCK schools hurt

I am writing in response to the article on Gov. Sam Brownback’s funding of Kansas schools (5-30, A4, “KCK district cuts staff and pay”). I am a teacher in the Kansas City Kan., School District, and the message boards are so full of condescending and sarcastic comments that I felt compelled to write.

Never mind superintendent Cynthia Lane’s salary, in the area of $200,000. She earns every bit of that and more.

I teach in a middle school in the inner city. I know of no teacher who doesn’t take work home.

I know a teacher who slipped one of her kids $10 to take to the book fair. I can assure you that Cynthia Lane will not be spending the summer lounging around the swimming pool.

She is the real deal. She is a superintendent who is out in the schools, attending evening functions, not sitting in a corner office. She cares deeply for the kids and her teachers.

Let’s talk about the real issue — school funding — and stop the nonsense about salaries and summers off.

Patti Dickinson


Christians targeted

I found Nick Connery’s June 3 As I See It column, “The fake war on Christianity,” to be typical of the left-wing media.

The war on Christianity in America does not come from Muslims as he states but from from radical left-wing politicians and judges whom he chose to ignore. His column has about as much meaning as my writing about “The Fake War on SpongeBob Squarepants.”

If Connery really wanted to address the Muslim war on Christianity, have him do the column about countries in the Middle East and Africa where churches are being burned, Christians murdered, nuns raped and children taught to hate Westerners.

Tony Bradley


Correcting wrongs

We have several major issues facing this country, and the Republican-dominated houses of Congress in Washington, D.C., have no intention of correcting those problems.

Our estimated $18 trillion deficit has been growing steadily since then-President George W. Bush signed enormous tax cuts into law to repay those who financially supported his campaign.

This and the insane war in Iraq have helped to push up the U.S. debt to a point of emergency. Working-class Americans are watching their net pay decrease monthly, while the very wealthy enjoy huge returns for their political donations.

Our debt problem could get back on the right track by dinner time today if the Republicans wanted to fix it. Returning to the tax rates of the Clinton era, or preferably the Carter era would immediately show a positive effect. Unfortunately, the Republicans are still demanding more, wanting larger tax cuts for the wealthy.

Don’t expect them to correct this tax situation. Those few donors are much more important to them than everyday Americans are.

Let’s try something new. Think before voting.

The voters of America caused this problem. Only voters can correct it.

Doesn’t it bother people that the Republicans refuse to even discuss positive legislation with the current administration?

Paul Yeager


Greatness challenge

How much lower can we go? In 1960, President John F. Kennedy challenged us to put a man on the moon by 1970. Even though only a handful ever got there, he inspired a generation. Kids dreamed of being astronauts.

President Dwight Eisenhower, a Republican for God’s sake, started the largest building project our country ever undertook, the interstate highway system.

Does anyone seriously think we could do anything of that scale anymore? Our direction is not up anymore. It’s down.

If you want to challenge that notion, take a look at the news. The big deal in Kansas is not allowing poor people to get tattoos or buy Coca-Cola.

Equally depressing is that the Supreme Court may just deal a death blow to the Affordable Care Act. Not only are we not doing great things anymore, we can’t even take care of sick people.

Is this a great nation, or what?

John Chapman


Political cartoons

If your political cartoonists of “Off the Easel” and Lee Judge didn’t have Christians, conservatives and Republicans to bash, they would have no theme to draw.

How about one on “Bonnie and Clyde” Clinton, who are taking billions of dollars for their foundation at the expense of our nation?

They very much think they are above the laws, but do the media report this? Only Fox News and The Wall Street Journal report their illegal activity.

Shirley Stucky


Sanders for president

As Republicans prepare for 2016 by an almost daily increase in their number of candidates for president, Democrats are content to roll over and accept the inevitability of a Hillary Clinton campaign. I think this is very wrong.

Although I believe Hillary Clinton has the overall qualifications for leadership, she carries far too much questionable baggage. My candidate is Sen. Bernie Sanders.

He is an in-depth candidate, with well-publicized views on women’s rights, immigration, health care, gun control, foreign affairs and more. You name it, Sanders has an opinion and a voting record in the Senate to match.

His greatest idea is very progressive: rein in big business and prevent corporations from becoming the de facto government, which they are well on the road to. If Republicans and conservatives think the government controls too much of our lives now, wait until big business calls the shots.

Sanders is honest, independent and above reproach. He is not beholden to anyone but the people. The concepts of “white privilege” and “Christian values” should not be the basis for running our country. Universal morality, service and fairness should be. This is what I believe Bernie Sanders stands for.

Timothy Earl Osburn


Minimum-wage woes

I do not understand why Kansas is fighting against raising the minimum wage. Kansas is suffering when other states are not.

America’s minimum wage has been at a low point by international standards for quite some time.

By early 2014, 13 states had raised the minimum wage, according to USA Today. Most of those states saw job growth within the first year.

Perhaps this should be enough to get Kansas lawmakers to rethink raising our minimum wage. There is no reason for people who work full time to live in poverty.

Meanwhile, many entry-level workers are seeing increases in their wages. I am an underpaid worker in Kansas and struggle tremendously to stay ahead.

I think I work just as hard as some entry-level workers and should be respected just the same.

Christle Estabrook

Hutchinson, Kan.