Letters - June 22, 2007

Reader takes exception to past letter

I am responding to Mr. Valenti’s letter appearing in your June 8th Coastal Point.

It fills me with sadness that a man who defended our country in World War II should be so bitter and angry. Even with this anger, he is not justified in insulting all who do not subscribe to his views. He calls them liberals, which, in line with Republican spin, he makes sound like a four letter word.

Before proceeding, I will give you Webster’s definitions: liberal — favorable to progress or reform as in political or religious affairs; conservative — disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones and limit change. I will not be glib and suggest that, following the definition of conservative, we might not yet have the women’s vote and would possibly still have segregation.

Your claim that liberals despise our soldiers is puerile and not befitting a World War II veteran. Yes, I am sure that a comprehensive search would find one or two fitting your definition. However, a similar search of conservatives would, I believe, unearth some fascists in disguise. I would never refer to Republicans in this manner (my wife is a Republican — not using the word fascist is a matter of self preservation).

I take issue with your diatribe about liberals not believing in God, for I am one of your ill-defined liberals and I believe in God. It is the church that I believe falls short of God’s standard. I am in total agreement with you regarding prayer in school. It is disappointing that the students are not given anything to believe in. Please forgive me: My belief does undermine your theory that only Republicans can believe in God.

Your letter really “covers the world.” Let me briefly respond to your “gay bashing.”

People have told me that God said marriage is between a man and a woman. We humans have a penchant for interpreting God’s will in a convenient way. Marriage is between a man and a woman and when the man is tired of her, get another, and if that gets boring, get a third, and so on. I never heard him endorse that interpretation. I did hear him say something about adultery, but I suppose that doesn’t count.

Gays are not convenient. We don’t know how to handle them. We will in time. We are getting better today. I liken it to inter-racial marriages, which only 50 years ago were taboo.

I am sorry that you regard Canadians and Mexicans with such disdain.

Now comes the Republican catchphrase, which must be used whenever they are trying to justify chaos — “cut and run.” Maybe Republicans can’t understand “strategic withdrawal.” I take it that the politicians that you refer to as never seeing action are Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfewitz and George “C grade average” Bush.

I served in the British Army approximately 50 years ago. I was fighting terrorists in Cyprus. Today, Cyprus is still segregated between Turks and Greeks. This was nowhere near the scale of Iraq, but we lost lives. To this day, I am not sure what we achieved other than ensuring British influence was maintained.

Similarly, in Iraq, I question the violence and loss of American lives (more than 20 since you wrote your letter.) Mahatma Ghandi said “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.” It will take decades for the U.S.A. to regain the reputation in the world that this wonderful country and its generous people deserve.

I finish with two quotes. The president is constantly reminding us of the imminent threat of terrorist attacks. “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” — (Roosevelt); “If tyranny and oppression comes to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” — (James Madison)

Noel G. J. Tuck
Bethany Beach

In recognition of Hospice CNA’s

On the occasion of National Certified Nurses Assistants’ (CNA) Week, I feel it’s important to recognize the immeasurable contributions made by CNA’s in the healthcare profession.

At Delaware Hospice, we are privileged to work with a staff of CNA’s who meet the special needs versus challenges of hospice care, often going above and beyond the traditional CNA role.

They are integral members of a multidisciplinary care team. They must possess a good deal of confidence and credibility in order to perform their duties. They become the source of expertise that the family looks to for help with daily personal care of their loved ones. They are the backbone of what we do at Delaware Hospice and very valuable to the organization.

On behalf of the staff of Delaware Hospice our patients and families, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all of our certified nursing assistants for all that you do every day.

Susan D. Lloyd, RN, MSN
President and CEO, Delaware Hospice