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December 2, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 2, 2012

Irretrievably

lost

TO THE EDITOR: I recently heard from a friend whose sister lives in the Netherlands.

The folks there are positively giddy over Barack Obama’s victory. I’m not surprised at all by this. Europeans have been steeped in a crumbling welfare society for decades and believe that everybody should be as dependent on government as they are. 

I fear our country has been irretrievably lost and we will never be able to turn the overwhelming tide of big-government socialism. We have come a long way from yesterday and JFK’s famous, “Ask what you can do for your country” to today’s “Ask what your country can do for you.”

What has changed over the last decades is the character of the American people. We have allowed ourselves to become a society of entitlements, dependent on government largesse and unable to think for ourselves.

We have lost our constitutional anchor and as a result have lost our virtue and will lose our freedom.

TED HOHN

Willsboro

Upset by cuts

TO THE EDITOR: We, the staff of the Ambulatory Surgery Center, publicly acknowledge our beloved management team was dismissed in a vengeful manner.

In October, CVPH administration determined, beginning Nov. 14, the center would close on Wednesdays.

This decision stunned our staff and surgeons/physicians, as procedures/surgeries were scheduled past that date. The outcome of a meeting held between the physicians and John Zeilinski, AVP Surgical Services, must have offended him, because on Oct. 25, our clinical coordinators, RNs Lisa Kavanaugh and Mary Cook, were abruptly dismissed after 20-plus and 30-plus years of service. Obviously, they were not the “yes men” administration sought; they fought for their staff and patients. Of all the peri-operative managers at CVPH, they held the most experience.

Our staff must adjust to new management, who additionally manage the OR/ACU/PACU, leaving limited management on-site, putting staff/physicians at a disadvantage, perhaps leading to diminished patient satisfaction.

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