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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Feb. 20

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Feb. 20

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St. Clare’s failed to do right by workers

Should you blindly respect St. Clare’s Hospital?
What if those people aren’t behaving in a way that engenders respect? What if they are flawed human beings who don’t practice what they preach, or who take advantage of their position?
What if they don’t have the knowledge or insight truly necessary to lead and “do the right thing”? I am so upset that St. Clare’s Hospital, who didn’t choose to do the right thing, to honor others, walk your talk and stay above the fray, even when they wanted to jump down into the mud.
I so much wished they treated others with compassion and care and remembered that, deep down, human beings have the same needs and concerns. I feel cruelty of every kind conveys weakness, not strength, to those who are cruel to employees, who have no chance to fight back to even the score.
I feel a truly powerful employer would subjugate itself to those who are “weaker” and try to help as much as it can. In this case with the St. Clare’s Hospital pension collapse, they chose to abandon the loyal employees who made their existence. Hopefully these people will be judged swiftly for their wrongdoing. It is unbelievable that St. Clare’s Hospital would make loyal employees suffer, when these 1,100 employees have done nothing wrong.
Walter “Neal” Brazell
Rotterdam


How far back do we go for greatness?

MAGA – “Make America Great Again.” When I first heard that slogan, that resounding inducement, I marveled at its simplicity and its appeal, and I wondered what it really meant.
“Again” suggests that America is no longer great. It harkens the mind back to the good old days. I wondered how far back we should go to find that model of greatness.
Should we go back to the 1930s, or the 1920s? If so, that would lead us into a mess.
Maybe we should go back to the Gilded Age, when the “swells” were swollen with lots of money. Or, maybe we need to go back even further, before 1776, when King George III ruled over America.
Yes, that’s probably it. After all, if those who sing out that phrase were to shout, “Make United States Great Again,” the acronym, MUSGA, would have had much less pizazz. Furthermore, it would have limited our backward reach to the years after the founding of our nation.
Now I know what it means.
“Let’s Go Back to Great King George.” (But of course, with a different king; perhaps one who wears a crown of carefully combed gold-colored hair.)
Are you smiling? What do you think?  
Kernan Davis
Scotia

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