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NEWS
September 9, 2016
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Nurses can do more I take issue with Dr. Scott Shapiro's assessment that allowing nurse-practitioners "full practice authority" is "a solution that doesn't work for a problem we don't have" ("Expanding the role of nurse-practitioners," Aug. 28). The shortage of primary-care physicians is a huge problem, and nurse practitioners fill that gap. The Family Practice and Counseling Network, the largest nurse-managed health-care network in the country, operates largely in underserved and vulnerable communities.
NEWS
September 9, 2016
ISSUE | COLLEGE An 'F' for Swarthmore Life itself is the school of hard knocks. Delaying the experience, as Swarthmore College does for its freshmen, works to deny our youth the most valuable of lessons ("1st semester, no grades," Tuesday). In creating a faux-world for new students, Swarthmore's take-a-pass freshman offerings reek of the kind of political correctness that produces citizens fearful of everything. |Avrum Fine, West Chester, filmamerica@comcast.net
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Two sides of 'Johnny Doc' Labor mogul John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty's accounts of the accomplishments of organized labor are well-founded ("Workers on parade," Tuesday). Unfortunately, he left out the side of organized labor that he represents - unbridled cronyism, nepotism, and access to unlimited funds, which he uses to the benefit of friends, family, and causes. For example, would kid brother, Kevin, be a state Supreme Court judge on his own merit, and how much is he beholden to his older brother for getting him elected?
NEWS
September 8, 2016
ISSUE | WEATHER Forecasts way off I want to thank the weather forecasters for their help in tanking my Labor Day plans ("They scared everyone away," September 5). Without swimming because of the rough surf, I still could have enjoyed beach and family time, biking, and sampling great food. One request: Please let me know when the next Sharknado is due to hit the area. |Wayne Phillips, Glendora
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ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Respect is needed for civil elections This election, perhaps more than ever, we need to ensure journalists have the freedom to report the facts without fear of harassment ("Campaign abuse demands a journalism Bill of Rights," Philly.com, Aug. 30). Fundamentally, this comes down to the erosion of civility in America. Sixty-nine percent of Americans agree that civility has decreased in the last few years, or that two out of three voters say the 2016 campaign is less civil than other elections.
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ISSUE | PHILLY LABOR UNIONS Longshoremen geared up for a busier port Inquirer reporter Linda Loyd captured the excitement for all of us who work at the Port of Philadelphia regarding the long-awaited Panama Canal expansion that was recently completed ("Via canal to Philly," Aug. 29). With the canal expanded and reopened, and the Delaware River dredging project to a depth of 45 feet nearly complete, Philadelphia is attracting the interest of some of the world's largest cargo vessels.
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ISSUE | WIND POWER Birds, bats victimized Wind farms have one big drawback ("Hot air isn't wind power," Aug. 30). Even the relatively small number of wind turbines in this country slaughter an estimated 140,000 to 328,000 eagles, hawks, falcons, vultures, California condors, and other endangered and protected flying creatures in North America each year. While possession of an eagle feather can result in a stiff fine, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allows repeated "takings" (killings)
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ISSUE | VACCINATIONS Parents, beware The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement last week counseling its members to reject nonmedical waivers by parents wishing to forego their child's vaccinations ("Pediatricians group: Doctors can fire patients over vaccines," Tuesday, Aug. 30). Such vaccine refusers would be subject to dismissal from a pediatrician's practice. Before bowing to this pressure and agreeing to the dozen-or-so vaccines administered to children before age 15 months (some being combination vaccines)
NEWS
September 7, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Trump's head-spinning flip-flops I wish Donald Trump would keep his immigration message and policy the same long enough for us to know what it really is ("Soft and hard words," Thursday). There was the hard-core, anti-immigration stance he pontificated for most of the last year. Then, he went to Mexico on Wednesday, trying to sound like a statesman, and he softened his tone. That night, he made a rip-roaring, bombastic "major policy speech. " And in Thursday morning interviews, he walked it back, softening his tone and changing the substance of his policy.
NEWS
September 7, 2016
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Give nurse-practitioners full practice authority Nurse-practitioners are registered nurses with advanced graduate education and the skills to diagnose and treat common, chronic, and acute conditions ("Expanding the role of nurse- practitioners," Aug. 28). NPs have been diagnosing and prescribing medications in Pennsylvania for years, but now they may not assess and treat patients or prescribe medication without a formal collaborative physician agreement. Full-practice authority means that an experienced NP could practice without a collaborative agreement.
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