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All at Niagara Hospice deserve a big thank-you

Since April of 2006, I have had the privilege to work with some of the most compassionate caregivers that Niagara County has to offer. As we celebrate November as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the staff at Niagara Hospice, who have dedicated their hearts and skills to bringing comfort and peace to individuals facing a terminal illness.

By helping to control pain and related symptoms, these men and women bring physical and emotional relief to patients and their families at a time when it is so greatly needed.

During 2006, the nation's 4,500 hospice providers provided care to 1.3 million patients, reports the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. This represents a steady increase of more than 100,000 patients than the previous year. Approximately 35 percent of all deaths in the U.S. were under the care of a hospice program.

As the nation observes National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, please remember to show your appreciation to the physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, counselors, aides and volunteers who provide this very special kind of care. To every staff member and volunteer of Niagara Hospice, thank you for your unyielding kindness and tireless efforts.

I would also like to extend special recognition to Tina, Nancy, Cindy, Danielle, Kelly, Judy, Kim and Joanne, each of whom has recently sought and obtained hospice certifications for their field of expertise. Hospice is more than you think, thanks to the dedicated staff and volunteers who provide the care. For more information, please call us at 439-4417 or visit

Stephen S. Schinnagel, Niagara Hospice vice president of Hospice Services



2 Democrats did well in Legislature losses

Regarding the story "GOP maintains majority in Legislature" (Nov. 7): The lead sentence is, "Democrats failed to make any headway against the solid Republican majority in the Niagara County Legislature Tuesday."

While it is true that the GOP held their majority, a closer reading of the figures is in order. In the 13th District, the incumbent chairman of the Legislature, Clyde Burmaster, ran with all the advantages of incumbency, endorsements and name recognition. His Democratic challenger, Ann E. Oakes, was a virtual unknown, making her first run for office.

Nonetheless, she won 1,265 votes to his 1,493, a close race by any standard.

Just up the road in the 12th District, relative newcomer Jerry Mosey won 1,358 votes, while incumbent John Ceretto won 1,518 -- a margin of just 160 votes.

In every election, there's a winner and a loser, sometimes several losers. However, reporters and readers alike should recall the 1964 presidential election, in which Lyndon Johnson "crushed" and "destroyed" Barry Goldwater, in the colorful lingo of the '60s press.

Many pundits declared that the GOP was finished as a force in U.S. politics. Just four years later, Richard Nixon won the White House; 16 years later, Ronald Reagan led the party to a major renaissance.

Rod Fairbank



Could things be worse than they are now?

There seem to be so many people who are terrified of having a Clinton in the White House.

Aside from former President Clinton's inability to keep it zipped, for which his wife ought to be given kudos for her forgiveness, the country was in better shape all around then than now.

Terror of liberals is understandable, even if childish and craven, but gosh, folks, do you really want more of what's there now?

Fiddling around outside the marital bed is understandably looked down on, however I'd rather see that than the wholesale loss of more and more kids to death on battlefields -- wouldn't you?

And can you afford the financial price tag, even if you're unconcerned with the deaths and mutilations?

Could we all try to live and let live? It ain't all that easy, but it sure helps to keep our noses out of other countries' wars.

Sharon Cirrito

Niagara Falls

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