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House Republicans in danger of destroying party and economy

House Republicans in danger of destroying party and economy

*House Republicans in danger of destroying party and economy *Bellevue nurses need to be respected,

House Republicans in danger of destroying party and economy

The Republicans in the House of Representatives are in the process of destroying the Republican brand as a competitive national party. They have foolishly shut down the government and threaten not to raise the debt ceiling, causing a default in the payment of the nation’s obligations. The consequences of actually carrying out that threat has been described as creating an economic apocalypse for the American and world economies.

The House Republicans know that they cannot repeal or delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), as they have failed to do so in over 40 attempts. Nonetheless, they remain obsessed with achieving that goal and seem oblivious to the fact that they have reached a new level of political stupidity. They have also reached a reprehensible level of irresponsibility to the American people.

The Founding Fathers (who they worship) would find their behavior repugnant, since causing a default would harm the people.

As poker players know, when you have a weak hand your only option for winning the pot is a successful bluff. The Democrats have decided to call that bluff and are likely to gain politically by doing so.

Howard Littman


Bellevue nurses need to be respected, represented

I have resided in Schenectady all of my life and have watched as Ellis Hospital has grown to provide complete and comprehensive medical services to our community. I am fortunate to know many members of the Ellis network and have experienced their dedication to patient care on many occasions.

Most recently, nurses at the Bellevue Woman’s Center have reached out to the New York State Nurses Association for representation similar to that of their colleagues at the Ellis Nott Street and McClellan Campus [Oct. 4 Gazette].

In the past few days I have read about and seen their struggles to be acknowledged as professionals by Ellis management. I am appalled by the lack of interest shown by Ellis CEO/President Jim Connolly to meet with Bellevue nurses at the request of Niskayuna Town Supervisor Joe Landry.

Bellevue nurses are only trying to provide a safe environment and the best care for their patients. The lack of support by Ellis management will inevitably create low morale and force experienced nurses to seek employment elsewhere.

Superior patient care begins with a supporting management team that provides the nursing staff with the best tools and resources to perform their jobs. It is quite apparent that this is lacking in the Bellevue environment. People in this community deserve the best level of medical care.

Mr. Connolly, stop fighting this fine group of caring nurses and allow them to be represented by the New York State Nurses Association.

Michael Hilton


Voters should get rid of those old familiar faces

If you are not happy with the way the people you’ve elected run our government, and don’t know whether to blame the Democrats or Republicans for this preventable fiasco, don’t blame either. You have only yourself to blame.

Why? Because you keep voting for the same people over and over and over and expect different results. How stupid is that? You vote for them because he’s a nice guy or she’s cute or because one time he or she voted for something you were in favor of, or because he or she says things that you like to hear.

You have to realize that everything a politician says is only to get you to vote for them. Once a politician gets past the local level and moves up to the state or federal level, they no longer represent you. Their primary objective is to try to get re-elected and they will say anything to get your vote. Stop voting for them over and over again.

The fact is that there are only two things both major parties will always agree on and they are: 1) never allow a third major party and 2) never allow term limits. Every other democratic country in the world has many political parties and they form coalitions. Forget your party affiliation and vote some new people to run our government. What have you got to lose? Could it be any worse?

At the local level, the politicians are your friends and neighbors and they do represent you, at least to a point. Vote with your head and not your heart.

In the words of Winston Churchill, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”

Neil Nusbaum


Common Core could use some remediation itself

Re Sept. 30 article, “In wake of brutal tests, schools react”: If the point of Common Core tests is to show that many more children are educationally deficient than previous tests led the public to believe, how do the newly found lacking children benefit if they do not all receive remedial attention?

You reported that New York’s education department plans to have districts keep the same number of students in academic remediation as the year before, even though new tests show many more children need remediation. How is it fair to children to tell them they need to know a lot more than they do, but refuse to give it to them for another year?

What, then, is the point of tougher tests if they do not lead to better things for kids? Is this merely a demoralization exercise for children, parents and teachers?

Joy Pullmann

Chicago, Illinois

The writer is an education research fellow at Heartland Institute.

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