Congress needs to be fixed
In his latest article, Robert Watson finds it deplorable that “negotiation has become a lost art” and he uses Congress as an example. He suggests that Congress needs to be fixed. I agree.
When we remove those congressmen who defeat job-creating bills passed by the House, who refuse to cut spending, who refuse to reduce the deficit and the soaring debt and insist on raising taxes on those who already pay most of the taxes, then we will see some real progress and maybe more negotiation.
Haig D. Tarpinian, Boca Raton
Plan saves us billions
I found it ironic that Bill O’Reilly states that “billions of dollars are wasted every year” and “Medicare costs the country $168 billion per annum.” I agree. President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which O’Reilly refers to as “Obamacare,” saves our nation hundreds of billions of dollars over a 10-year period according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.
Bill Reider, Boca Raton
Appointment of Horoho shows importance of nurses
On Dec. 7, Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho assumed her new position as the 43rd Surgeon General of the United States Army. Nominated by President Barack Obama, she is the first nurse and first woman to fill this esteemed role.
Appointing Lt. Gen. Horoho to the highest level of military medicine sends a positive message to the nation about the critical role that nurses serve at all levels of health care. Once a registered nurse in North Carolina, Lt. Gen. Horoho now joins forces with our country’s top tier of government and military officials, providing advice and assistance to the Army secretary and chief of staff on health care matters.
Nurses comprise the largest percentage of health care professionals. In addition to providing direct bedside care, nursing professionals are academicians, clinical practice leaders, researchers, CEOs, government officials, missionaries, school nurses — fulfilling a limitless array of diverse and rewarding opportunities.
I congratulate Lt. Gen. Horoho on her latest career achievement and extend a heartfelt thank you for her continued dedication to responding to the health care needs of American servicemen and women and their families as they serve at home and abroad.
Susan Groenwald, national president, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Downers Grove, Ill.
Will say it again: Obama no friend to Israel
In reference to the letter about our president’s commitment to Israel, all I can say is that actions speak louder than words. President Obama’s “silver tongue” helped get him elected, but as many learned the hard way, it’s not what you say, but what you do.
It’s one thing to have disagreements with your allies, but it’s another thing to publicly insult them as President Obama did to Benjamin Netanyahu when he visited the White House. He has yet to visit Israel although he has been to the “neighborhood.”
He criticizes Israel’s so-called obstacles to peace but says nothing about the Palestinians’ gross infractions. If the letter writer has a hard time figuring all this out, then all he has to do is listen to the president’s private remarks to President Sarkozy (which turned out to be public when he thought his mike was off) denigrating and insulting the leader of our truest ally.
If you want to believe that Mr. Obama is a steadfast friend of Israel just because he says so, well, I guess you’re one of those people of whom one can say, “fool me once and fool me once again”.
Rhoda Azar, Boca Raton
Global warming is a fact