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Saturday's Letters to the Editor

Gays in Scouts

EDITOR: Wow. In Brad Potter's letter ("Terrible mistake," Thursday) regarding allowing gay youth into the Boy Scouts, he manages to provide some amazing images in three short paragraphs: homosexual militants with a (presumably malevolent) agenda; indoctrinating children into a (presumably malevolent) gay lifestyle; allowing Sodomites to put their (presumably malevolent) foot in the door; and encouraging pedophiles to infiltrate who knows what. And then he is certain this entire drama will be covered up by a presumably liberal media.

I can't help but think he may be watching too much Fox News — which will gleefully cover every facet of this evolving spectacle.



Nursing profession

EDITOR: I admire Juliane M. Schmidt ("Three strikes and I am out," Close to Home, Wednesday) for her courage to present to the public and her colleagues why she chose not to participate in a fourth strike at Memorial Hospital.

My concern is with her view of nursing as a profession. She states that she is only "an employee." She is more than just an employee, she is a licensed professional with standards of practice, a legal scope of practice and responsibilities for the health care environment in which she practices.

Schmidt says that she is a staff nurse and therefore can go home "and forget about her job." This is an attitude that limits her professionalism. She has responsibilities to be informed about the policies and practices of her hospital and the care provided there.

I don't think she has a "lousy attitude." I think she has a limited understanding of her crucial role as a professional nurse to help make the much needed changes that face health care delivery.

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