• 54°

Letters to the editor – Thursday 5-12-11

Nurses give care and compassion
This week (May 6-11) the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center honors the dedicated men and women we in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) consider to be the compassionate backbone of the veteransí health care system ń our nurses.
The theme of National Nurses Week 2011 is ěNurses: Trusted to Care,î and no one puts more passion into the health care profession than VA nurses. VA is the nationís largest single employer of nurses, and VA nurses lead their profession in education and training, clinical responsibility and research. But their passion comes from VAís mission ó caring for our veterans.
VA nurses are integral and equal members of our health care team of professionals. No health care professional is closer to the veterans we care for than a VA nurse. Our patients rely on them for their compassion and the VA relies on them for setting the highest clinical care standards. That reliance is well placed. VAís recognition as a leader in health care, patient safety and research is due in large part to its nurses.
I am deeply proud to be associated with the nurses who serve veterans at the Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, our outpatient clinics in Charlotte, Hickory and Winston-Salem, and of all of our nationís 2.9 million registered nurses who work tirelessly to keep us well and save lives around the clock every day.
ó Paul M. Russo
Salisbury
Russo is director of the Hefner VA Medical Center.
Not tax money
Just so the citizens of Rowan County understand, the monies that they are taking from the NC Health & Wellness Trust Fund to balance the state budget were set aside from the Master Settlement Agreement in 1998. This Tobacco Trust Fund money was supposed to be used to educate young people in the state on the dangers of tobacco use and to help farmers change from growing tobacco to a different product.
This money does not come from N.C. taxpayers. It is vital you contact your senator and Governor Perdue so this money can be used for what it was intended for.
Governor Perdue:1 800-662-7952
ó Scotty Greene
Mount Ulla

Comments

Comments closed.

Crime

Sheriff’s office: Two charged after suitcase of marijuana found in Jeep

Crime

Thomasville officer hospitalized after chase that started in Rowan County

Local

Board of elections discusses upgrading voting machines, making precinct changes

News

Lawmakers finalize how state will spend COVID-19 funds

Local

Salisbury Station one of several ‘hot spots’ included in NCDOT rail safety study

Education

Essie Mae Kiser Foxx appeal denied, school considering options

News

Iredell County votes to move Confederate memorial to cemetery

Nation/World

Lara Trump may have eyes on running for a Senate seat

Local

Rowan among counties in Biden’s disaster declaration from November floods

Local

PETA plans protest at Salisbury Police Department on Friday

Education

Essie Mae Kiser Foxx appeal denied, charter revoked

Coronavirus

29 new positives, no new COVID-19 deaths reported

Crime

Blotter: Woman charged with drug crimes

News

Nesting no more: Eagles appear to have moved on from Duke’s Buck Station

Business

The Smoke Pit leaving downtown Salisbury for standalone building on Faith Road

Education

Shoutouts

High School

High school football: Hornets’ Gaither set the tone against West

Local

Salisbury to show off new fire station

Education

Livingstone College to host virtual Big Read events this month

Local

City makes some appointments to local boards, holds off on others to seek women, appointees of color

Education

Education briefs: RCCC instructor honored by Occupational Therapy Association

Local

Second quarter financial update shows promising outlook for city’s budget

Columnists

Genia Woods: Let’s talk about good news in Salisbury

Local

City attorney will gather more information for Salisbury nondiscrimination ordinance