Letters to the Editor

October 19, 2014
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Ebola is a threat to US

Dear Editor

Recently Congresswoman Katherine Clark wrote about ISIS and how she is working to protect America. I thank her for her efforts. However, the biggest threat to the United States right now is Ebola!

The only way to decrease the spread of Ebola is to institute a travel ban on West Africa except for military and humanitarian aid.

What is Ebola? It is thought that fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are natural Ebola virus hosts. Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals such as chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found ill or dead or in the rainforest. Humans are not infectious until they develop symptoms. First symptoms are the sudden onset of fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. Ebola is reported to be one of the most deadly virus with a 25-90 percent mortality rate. This is thought to be as lethal as Smallpox and highly contagious.

Currently, many of the nurses I work with at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston are not ready or trained to deal with Ebola. It is for this very reason I ask you, the reader, to call Congresswoman Clark and our two senators to respectfully ask for a travel ban on West Africa.

In the meantime, please copy the links below and educate yourself. After all, it’s your family and your health that is at risk.

  • http://www.who.int/csr/resources/publications/ebola/ebola-case-definition-contact-en.pdf?ua=1
  • http://www.nationalnursesunited.org/press/entry/national-nurse-survey-shows-hospitals-still-not-prepared-for-us-ebola/#.
  • Congresswoman Katherine Clark

Phone: (202) 225-2836

  • Congresswoman Niki Tsongas

Phone: 202.225.3411

  • Congressman Michael Capuano

Phone (202) 225-5111

  • Congressman Stephen Lynch

Phone: (202) 225-8273

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren

Phone: (202) 224-4543

  • Senator Ed Markey

Phone: 202-224-2742

George Rotondo

The writer is a former city councillor and a nurse in the Emergency Department at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Caruccio wins taxpayers’ endorsement

Dear Editor:

Paul Caruccio has won the endorsement of Citizens for Limited Taxation’s (CLT) 2 ½ Political Action Committee in his election bid for State Representative from the 19th Suffolk District, which includes Winthrop and parts of Revere.

CLT’S 2 ½ PAC, the political arm of Citizens for Limited Taxation, was originally created to support candidates who would defend Proposition 2 ½ in the State Legislature. It now endorses candidates who support taxpayers on a variety of issues, and uses the CLT Legislative rating to identify pro-taxpayer legislators.

Francis J. Faulkner, executive director of the PAC, said the group endorsed Caruccio based on his strong support for tax limitation.

“We need to put people like Paul Caruccio in the State Legislature to continue the fight for the income tax rollback and to block any attempt to impose new taxes.  Paul has also taken the taxpayer protection pledge.  This pledge asks candidates to ‘oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.’ A candidate who signs the pledge is sending a message to legislative leaders that he is serious about not raising taxes and will focus instead on better management of state revenues.”  In contrast, his opponent Rep. Bob DeLeo received a zero on CLT’s most recent taxpayer rating. In serving the best interests of the taxpayers and the economy, we urge the voters of the 19th Suffolk District to vote for Paul Caruccio on November 4th.”

CLT’S 2 ½ PAC

500 Mendon Rd.

Attleboro, MA 02703

Revere’s Future

Dear Editor:

The question from George Rotondo’s letter to the editor: “Where Revere is Now” is not hard to answer. In order to see where Revere is going let’s first see where we have been. Revere has had an exciting year. Two special elections regarding casino gambling. One referendum with East Boston regarding Caesar’s Palace. One referendum for Casino Gaming with Mohegan Sun. The problem for Revere is that despite its approval of Casino Gambling, Revere is not in control of its future because of the Gaming Commission.

Over the past year the divergence between what the Gaming Commission promised and what the Gaming Commission delivered leaves all of us bewildered. Between what the Gaming Commission says is happening and what actually did happen is a total breakdown of good government. They claim they are saving jobs by pink slipping 2000 Suffolk Downs workers. Its Wonderland Dog track all over again.

Where is Revere now, I say far better than 3 years ago. Revere has better communication with other neighboring businesses and cities due to Dan Rizzo’s efforts. In time this will bear fruit by bringing business to Revere. Revere’s bite at the apple will not go unnoticed. Business from other locales will notice the friendly business relationship Revere possesses. The ideas that Mohegan Sun gave us are priceless if we bring these ideas to Revere’s future development. What Revere has to do is take a page out of Mohegan Sun’s play book by having business become “Green”. Mohegan Sun showed us the way by having Revere’s businesses use the government 30% tax credits for energy and water conservation. Mohegan example of “grey” water for parks, lawns and laundries facilities is the lesson at hand that Revere must embrace. To cut the amount of water usage form the MWRA is an idea that Revere can achieve which would be a saving to all Revere residents.

Hal Abrams

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