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Letters to the editor on Flag Day, Kobach, APRNs, Andover nursing home

  • Published Friday, June 13, 2014, at 6:32 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, June 13, 2014, at 6:32 p.m.

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Flag is a symbol of nation’s freedom

On this Flag Day, citizens will unite in commemoration of the American flag’s adoption. For more than 200 years, Old Glory has served as a symbol of our nation’s freedom and as a source of inspiration for our citizens. Inspired by decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day was established by President Woodrow Wilson’s 1916 proclamation and by an act of Congress in 1949.

With each ceremonial fold of the flag, we recognize the principles on which our country was founded: liberty, unity, justice and sacrifice. She is the symbol of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Flag Day is a time to pause and remember that freedom is not free, and to recognize our servicemen and women who keep our country free.

On Flag Day, the Department of Kansas Units will stand with more than 800,000 American Legion Auxiliary members across the nation as we rally to recognize our blessings and express our devotion to America’s ideals in order to keep the flame of liberty burning brightly for future generations.

Whether you are a veteran, the loved one of a service member or a patriotic volunteer, take time to remember Flag Day by flying your flag and serving others, perhaps by visiting a veteran or veterans’ home, assisting with ceremonies of recognition, collecting personal memories and photos from veterans to create keepsake journals, or educating children and youths about flag etiquette. As you wave the flag, pause in reflective gratitude for veterans who keep our flag flying above our “land of the free and home of the brave.”



Vote out Kobach

My recommendation is that people vote for Scott Morgan in the GOP primary election for Kansas secretary of state and then choose between Democrat Jean Schodorf, Morgan and any other candidate in the November election. They should pick a candidate not based upon that person’s self-aggrandizement as the “guardian of state sovereignty” but on how that person will come to work for Kansas every day and actually earn the tax dollars that pay his or her salary.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach seems as if he spends half of his time working for other states such as Arizona and Alabama, not just on immigration issues but in crafting their anti-voter laws. What portion of that salary waste was paid by the taxpayers of Arizona and Alabama? Zero.

What Kansas benefit has he accomplished? While making himself a nationally known player, he has single-handedly denied more than 18,000 voters their right to vote, based not upon the federal requirements but upon the lack of an “approved” identification. He is suppressing voter participation because of alleged fraud – fraud that Kobach has yet to prove and most people believe is nonexistent.

Kobach deserves to be soundly defeated and relegated to the ranks of other failed political incumbents, never to be heard from again.



Supervision needed

Advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) are a much-needed and welcome supplement to our health care system. However, I take issue with allowing APRNs to practice independently in the emergency rooms in Kansas without any direction (May 29 Business Today).

The American College of Emergency Physicians said it best in its Guidelines Regarding the Role of Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners in the Emergency Department (July 2007). The guidelines recognized the limitations in training and education between APRNs and physicians. They state that APRNs may be placed in clinical and administrative situations in which they will supplement and assist emergency physicians, but they do not replace the medical expertise and patient care provided by emergency physicians. The recommendation was that APRNs’ scope of practice be clearly delineated and include a list of symptom complexes that may initially be evaluated and addressed – referred to as a collaborative practice agreement in Kansas.

This type of collaborative physician oversight and direction promotes patient safety and should not be compromised for the sake of increasing revenues to the APRNs by eliminating physician involvement. Emergency rooms are the safety net of the community and need physician supervision.



High-quality care

I’m writing in support of Victoria Falls Skilled Nursing Home, where my mother was a two-year resident (“Andover nursing home fined over alleged abuse,” May 15 Eagle). Sometimes we had difficulties due to my mom’s special needs, but my family and I met with staff and challenges were swiftly resolved.

I found the care at Victoria Falls to be of the highest quality, and the staff was comforting to families in time of need. I have no concerns about the quality of care at Victoria Falls, and neither should anyone considering the facility.



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