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Tony! Hospitals sterilize tons of 'stuff' every day; why panic?

To The Daily Sun,

The frequent flyer letter writers are at it again. Using scare tactics and gross misinformation, they portray themselves as experts on everything and write long-winded letters that ultimately blame all the worlds ills on President Obama and the Democratic Party.

Shoutin' Boutin's letter this past Saturday is a prime example. Such hyperbole as Obama's actions on the Ebola crisis "will leave a path of death and destruction this country will never forget" or "consequences that carry a gravity of death unimaginable." Tony and his compatriots avoid the flu vaccine because it is some sort of conspiracy or wrongly believe it will cause illness. The flu is far more contagious than Ebola and kills far more people every year. Remember the flu pandemic in 1918? Now that was a path of death and destruction at least some of us will never forget. Tony et. al. apparently have no such recollection despite their extensive medical knowledge. Did you get your shot Tony? Sure didn't get a distemper shot.
Tony goes on to prove his ignorance by stating the the 47 percent mortality rate can be extrapolated to care provided in the USA. The conditions in Africa are horrendous compared to the USA. To date, all the people in the USA that contracted Ebola here have done quite well. Yes, it takes a team of professionals to care for these patients, but Tony leaves out the fact that the unit Dr. Branley was treated in was set up for just such a patient.

Tony, how many highly trained professionals care for a patient with open heart surgery? Dozens, Tony, and they also do this in a highly specialized unit.

Now this one is my favorite as it takes ignorance to great new heights. Tony wrote, "In the end 3,200 pounds of stuff had to be autoclaved (heated to 350 degrees) to be sure the all virus was killed. Did it all get killed? Did some item or items get missed out of thousands? Do you think hospitals have the capacity to treat and sanitize tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of pounds of stuff in a real outbreak? I don't. If they don't, they sure are not going to say so for fear of causing panic.

Tony, Tony, Tony. Hospitals sterilize tons of "stuff" every single day with many controls to assure that they are terminally clean. Modern healthcare also relies on disposable items which are disposed of and not reused. Didn't know that, did you?

In your efforts to continually belittle our president, you dear Tony are the one causing panic and fear. I am not surprised though, as fear-mongering is your specialty.

Carol Stappi

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Walt Havenstein will do what is right for N.H., not just what's popular

To The Daily Sun,

Simply put, if you want honesty, integrity, and a man who will do what is right, not just what is popular at the moment, Walt Havenstein deserves your vote.

"In questions of power ... let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution." — Thomas Jefferson Nov. 10 1816

Roger E. Kohls Sr.



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