Dec. 2 Letters to the Editor

Posted Dec. 01, 2010, at 9:56 p.m.

Travel nurses superb

Shame, shame, shame on Michael Garrow of Brewer for his narrow-minded, uninformed statement about travel nurses, referring to them as “carnie nurses.”

Never before have I written a letter to the editor. However, I am compelled to reply to Mr. Garrow’s letter published Nov. 24 concerning the travel nurses during the recent nurses strike at EMMC. My father-in-law became a patient at EMMC during the strike, with a heart attack, resulting in his death after three days. I cannot even begin to imagine what his final journey would have been like without the travel nurses.

Our family could not have asked, or prayed, for more caring and experienced nurses. They were superb, well trained, outstanding individuals. In fact, words cannot, and do not, adequately describe their presence. Our family will be forever grateful for the team of travel nurses who rescued EMMC.

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Linda Hatch

Brewer

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Turn on headlights

As a longtime subscriber to the Bangor Daily News, I find the editorial page to be very informative regarding news that affects everyone. This was the case with the Nov. 18 article about the “click it or ticket” policy, which over the years has prevented many serious injuries and deaths. We must all consider it a success not because it is the law, but because it saves lives.

Another matter that should be strictly enforced is the state law that requires every driver to put on their headlights in rain if their wipers are on. Traveling in the southern part of Maine you will find signs requiring drivers to comply. I never have seen such signs north of Augusta. Perhaps many drivers do not know that this simple effort saves lives. I know that there are many older cars on the roads in Maine, but as with seat belts, it costs nothing to comply.

With the wintry weather making driving more difficult, it is common sense to put your headlights on.

Harry L. Carpenteri

Milo

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Flying friendly wards

Imagine boarding a plane. At the door you hear the pilot and crew express worry that they’re flying short-staffed, and are, therefore, concerned about passenger safety. But then you watch the preflight video showing you friendly skies. The airline magazine in the seat-back in front of you features glossy pictures of gleaming aircraft and a glowing report of the airline’s safety record.

How reassured would you be?

Some might object that analogies between airlines and hospitals, flight crews and nurses, are not a fair comparison.

I agree. The airline pilot and crew, while committed to their passengers’ safety, don’t have heartfelt connections to the people they transport. Whereas the nurses with whom I have worked at Eastern Maine Medical Center for the last 32 years are not only devoted to their patients’ safety, but also care very personally about what happens to the patients entrusted to their care. That hasn’t changed this year, or this month, or this week.

So when nurses tell me, or tell the administration, or now tell the community, that they are worried about patient safety, I am worried, too.

EMMC has spent a lot of money broadcasting to the community their message of “Don’t worry, it’s fine” in full-page ads, TV commercials and radio spots. EMMC nurses don’t have that scale of resources to mount an equivalent media campaign. But we should all listen hard to what they are telling us.

Dennis Chinoy

Bangor

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Island got it right

We on Vinalhaven are not an island divided — we are a community willing to help one another out at the drop of a hat, and a large majority of the island loves our windmills.

Coming home on the boat I see the three large and turning windmills and I always smile; an island with no cell phone reception, often pegged as years behind, has finally gotten it right.

Energy prices on our island used to be high and unstable. With the economy and fishing industry going the way they are, the lower and more stable prices that the windmills provide are crucial.

It is not just about the price — with global warming and overconsumption, everything we can do for the future of our planet is a step in the right direction — using wind power, green energy, and not using fossil fuels.

I would rather see and hear the turbines every day than deal with the devastation of oil spills. Wind and other renewable resources need to be our future. What will the world do when we run out of oil?

Our island is that much more ready. I just hope that a loud and overly published few will not derail the innovation that the quiet masses are in support of.

Turn, baby, turn!

Shannon Campbell

Vinalhaven

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