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Logic lacking in school breaks

Editor, OBSERVER

It’s time for common sense to prevail! The two largest school districts in northern Chautauqua County have decreed a two-week spring break rather than one week in February and one around Easter.

There is no benefit either educationally or economically derived from the one week in February.

Some time ago I spoke with a person responsible for maintenance at one of the schools, and he stated that once the boilers are fired up following the Christmas break it is not feasible to shut them down for that one week and then fire them up again, so they are not shut down.

Once students return after the long Christmas break it takes a bit of time to get back in the “groove,” and then to shut down for a week they have to start all over again.

Also, there is no benefit to families. There is not much in the way of a vacation families can take for the one week in February, but with a two-week period later, when weather is better, plans can be formulated. Whoever is in charge at BOCES needs to be encouraged to utilize some common sense. This would be beneficial to all.

ROSALEE OWEN,

Dunkirk

Lot predicament

solved by help

Editor, OBSERVER:

I was parked in the Dollar Tree parking lot Saturday morning. I went in to do some shopping. When I came out, I was pinned in by two cars. One car was parked in front of me so close it was hard to get out. The car in the back was packed very close also.

A young lady, Mariah Culver, helped me to get out.

I want to thank her very much for her help, it was greatly appreciated.

PAT HAYWARD,

Cassadaga

Show gratitude for our nurses

Editor, OBSERVER,

Every year in May we celebrate Nurses Week. How do we value our nurses in our community?

Nursing is founded in human dignity, integrity, autonomy, altruism and social justice. Nurses are lifelong learners, need to be communicators and collaborate with physicians, families, administration, ancillary help, and with other nurses. During our education we develop our values, and learn how to apply them in our practice.

Nurses are selfless. Imagine making life and death decisions on seven or more patients in a five minute report at the bedside, or being berated from a physician or manager for forgetting one thing when you remembered to do 100.

It is not the skills or new knowledge that makes nursing hard, or the 12-hour shifts, the swing shifts, weekends and missed holidays with families. It is finishing your day and knowing you did not do enough for your patient.

Nurses are the core to our health-care system. Without a nurse, hospitals could not function, doctors’ offices would not be organized and our society in general would be less. Consistently nurses are voted the number one trusted profession. When you see a nurse this Nurses Week and every week, let them know how appreciated they are and how much we value them.

SALLIE PIAZZA,

Fredonia

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