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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 13

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W S C THE PALM BEACH POST FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 1998 13A G T T Let stingy HMOs, not taxpayers, pay to train more nurses Heed's call for sharing pain i)f flooding seems insincere Ti3us closing to the March 1 Opinion article "Nail ture's system dissolved along with flood con- troJ." Nathaniel Reed suggests that homeowners and farmers should be willing to let their lands "be , 'wetter' to save the precious and unique environment of South Florida." " it is obvious that Mr. Reed thinks most of them should not have been allowed there in the first place. But they were, and most have invested their Who created all this growth? You did I never cease to be amazed by people complaining about the new buildings such as supermarkets going up in their neighborhoods. Don't , these people realize that is how native Florid ians felt 30 years ago, when this beautiful state began to be overrun by people from the North, with their condominiums and gated communities? So, before you rush to complain, just remember who is responsible for the wider, more crowded roads and all the new stores. Alan Evans The opinion expressed in the editorial "Doctor in the house but try to find a nurse" that legislators could help with money for training nurses is way off base. Health maintenance organizations or (mis) managed care is where the money should be coming from. These for-profit money machines do not contribute to research or new techniques in medicine, nor do they show compassion for their members. They will not, except on rare occasions, deviate from the terms of a plan to help a member. While I recognize the need for additional nurses to give proper care to patients, why should the public pay to help HMOs, which will quickly hire them during the winter season, then lay them off after? These nurses, trained at our state's expense, will then be lured to other states that have the same nurse shortages. As indicated in the article, hospitals have fired nurses to cut overhead. The nursepatient ratio in these hospitals borders on negligence. Patients are not given their medications on time, wait a long time to get assistance to the toilets and even have to wait for a linen change if they soil their beds. Unskilled people are now doing the work of trained nurses, and let's not forget the obscene amounts that managed-care executives take out annually in salaries and bonuses for cutting services. Boris Edelman Lake Worth Hospitals asked for nurse shortage In response to the article "Desperate hospitals begging for nurses": Make no mistake there is not a shortage of nurses in Palm Beach County. There is just a shortage of nurses who will put up with the poor work environment and profits-before-patient-care atti- 3 lives and personal fortunes such as they may be in their farms and their homes. So it seems more than a bit aristocratic for Mr. Reed, a Hobe Sound multimillionaire, to ask those whose lands would be flooded West Palm Beach Timid Reno tarred Babbitt's reputation Secretary of the nterior Bruce Babbitt was a .yf 1 r 4 1960 classmate of mine at Notre Dame University and was our student body president. Even though I do not share his liberal philosophies, I respect him as an intelligent, honorable man. I agree with Matthew Miller's Opinion column "A clear case of prosecutorial excess" (March 3), which stated that ."Janet Reno lacked the guts to say that Mr. Babbitt's case is tude of most local hospitals. If the hospitals set up staffing patterns so that nurses could actually care for patients .' without worrying about action against their li-;, censes, more nurses would probably be willing to work for them. Instead, there is a con- ' stant state of crisis every shift. 1 Many nurses have shown their disapproval'' by leaving the hospital environment and seeks ing employment elsewhere. It's a pity that pa-V tients don't have that option. Dariene Crawford, R.N. Loxahatchee andTwhose lives would be destroyed to sacrifice for, hi,s greater cause. Certainly, his plea would rin.g,truer if we perceived that he would share equally in the personal loss. All, if we could only go back and wreak vengeance on those dimwitted scalawags who allowed this "unbridled" development and "outrageous" drainage system to be built in the first place. Failing that, according to Mr. Reed, let us punish the innocent, for surely someone must suffer for the error of our ways. y ,'.; William H. Losner, chairman and president I : .. First National Bank of Homestead Homestead Mr. , Babbitt much ado about nothing. Let's stop damaging honorable public servants' reputations as well as costing them legal expenses that some cannot afford. Chuck Sawicki Palm City For Floridians' sake, end the free meals The daily expense of meals for Florida's legislators seems to be a problem, as the allowed stipend may not be enough to cover reasonable expenditures. The alternative of allowing the lobbyists to buy the meals, however, is not a good solution for taxpayers. As an example of the lobbyists' influence, consider the recent 14-2 vote of the Florida House Utilities and Communications Committee to raise the basic monthly phone rate from $10.05 to $23.50. The legislators claim the increase will be good for business. Maybe it will be for their businesses but certainly not for mine and probably not for yours. To protect Floridians, tough measures must be imposed to deal with this problem. Consider: Prohibiting legislators from taking meals from others; Prohibiting direct contact with legislators by one paid to represent a position. If we can prohibit lobbyists from controlling legislators and writing legislation, the annual March madness of the legislative session will be less detrimental to Florida residents. Ed Fielding Stuart Florida needs a special truck patrol, too The headline "Stop the dangerous driver: Beef up the highway patrol" on a Feb. 25 letter was most appropriate. I would like to add that additional patrols for speeders should also stop trucks for tire checks to prevent casings from being strewn on the highways. " ' I understand from conversations with the truck compliance people in the Department of Transport tation that only spot checking for defective tires is done. There is no routine for zeroing in on fleets either in terminals or at weigh stations or on the . highways. The hazards posed by tire casings on Interstate 95 each day warrant a special truck pa-" -trol capable of pulling vehicles off at exits and giv-' ' ing tickets on the spot to those driving with bald "' or unsafe tires. Once the trucking companies were made ; aware that there will be regular policing of trucks; the effects would be evident in short order. Nathan Sklar Palm City : Write us m The Palm Beach Post welcomes letters from readers. All letters are subject to editing for brevity and clarity. Even e-mail and Z faxed letters must include the writer's j name, address and daytime telephone num-; ber. You may receive a phone call for verification. 'Open letters' or letters addressed ."to a third party will not be published. Our ad-'3lZesses: :Z:Z, Letters to the Editor ZZZZ The Palm Beach Post ZlZ'Z P-0. 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