I am appalled to learn the Wolf Administration finds court-mandated child welfare and juvenile justice placement as non-essential services and therefore ineligible for funding during the current state budget impasse....
Many in the general public would have been happy to see Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush at Southpointe Tuesday, myself not included. But his speech was limited to invited donors, Rice Energy employees and the media.
Is this what we have to look forward to if he gets elected president? The general public being ignored in favor of his supporters and donors? Are we supposed to believe he will change? I doubt it will.
Edmund A. Roscoe
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently held one of its 14 listening sessions for developing a Clean Power Plan (CPP) in Waynesburg.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s CPP establishes the first-ever federal limit on carbon pollution from existing power plants in the United States, but it is up to the states to decide how they will meet reduction goals. Pennsylvania has the opportunity to craft a plan unique to the commonwealth that reduces pollution, improves public health, lowers electricity bills, and creates jobs. DEP is looking to community members across the state for ideas on how to maximize these outcomes.
As a resident of Greene County who is concerned about the impact of climate change, I felt unwelcome and intimidated at the Waynesburg listening session. Many pro-coal supporters made it clear my concerns were not valid in their opinion. People in the crowd walked out of the room or talked amongst themselves when people spoke in support of the state creating a plan that involves renewable energy or expressed concerns about
climate change, because that perspective was apparently too unbearable to listen to.
This type of behavior is what prevents Greene County from being somewhere I want to raise my family. Some people refuse to step outside of their comfort zone, choosing instead to live in their own world, pretending that coal is this region’s future.
People in Greene County need to face the fact that the coal industry is declining rapidly and young adults working in the coal industry now will not retire from a coal job. Even without any external factors like market conditions, regulations, and the difficulty of mining certain areas, the most recent DEP report reviewing underground coal mining showed that there are only 37 years of worth of coal resources left in Washington and Greene counties. Mining does not happen in a vacuum without external factors, so in reality, the years of mining left are far less than that. One company is already filing bankruptcy and closing a mine in November.
Coal company executives are going to pull out of the area once they can no longer exploit us for company profits. Our community needs to decide if they are going to sit around in denial that the coal industry is dying, or push up their sleeves and start preparing for a future without coal.
Coptis is the deputy director of the Center for Coalfield Justice.
There’s no doubt that new medications are expensive, as per your Tuesday editorial, “Why do they raise drug prices? Because they can.”
However, imposing price restrictions on high-tech drugs would jeopardize continued medical innovation. Cutting drug prices by 40 to 50 percent would lead to 30 to 60 percent fewer early-stage research and development projects, according to a study published in the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Harming innovators ultimately hurts patients.
Thorpe is the chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease.
Everyone’s entitled to their own opinions, but no one is entitled to their own facts. The hosts of the daytime TV show “The View” got it wrong when they made fun of the Miss America pageant contestant who talked about her professional role of a nurse as part of the talent competition.
The TV hosts thought nursing as a talent was funny. But a lot of people took exception, including me, a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).
As a CRNA, I work with a team of talented, highly trained, skilled nurses and other health care practitioners. The incredible work we do each and every day is closely correlated to the arduous path of education and clinical experience. Among the short list of credentials: CRNAs must graduate with a minimum of a master’s degree. The average student nurse anesthetist completes almost 2,500 clinical hours. Two-year re-certifications mean continuous education and training. It all takes talent and dedication to skillfully and expertly caring for patients.
It wasn’t just nurses who thought the hosts’ remarks were insensitive. Some of the show’s advertisers disagreed with the recent comments and have pulled their advertising. Miss Colorado may not have won the pageant, but she deserves an award for raising awareness about the work of nurses everywhere.
The writer is a board member of the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
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