Tablet Opinion

Letters: Licenses required; problem with unions; Granger gets it right

Licenses required

I am a pediatric radiologic technologist (RT) registered with the American Registry of RTs and a licensed Texas medical RT.

The Texas Sunset Commission is seeking to end licensing programs for RTs (Medical Radiation Technology Act), nuclear medicine technologists, radiation therapists and medical physicists. They believe radiology equipment and staff are monitored by other governmental agencies.

This is true for hospital departments, but rarely for private offices.

I saw private offices (before the MRT Act) with X-ray equipment assigning secretaries, receptionists and non-radiology employees to radiate patients. Most images were of poor quality and repeated in hospitals by radiology professionals.

Non-radiology employees are not monitored by the government. This means no one checks for poor images, overexposure, weak cancer treatment protocols, employee film badges and working equipment.

When the MRT Act passed, private offices hired radiology professionals. Image quality improved, equipment was inspected, and ALARA (“as low as [is] reasonably achievable”) standards were followed.

Texas citizens need to contact the Sunset Commission. Ask them to preserve the MRT Act and licensure of medical physicists. Texans want licensed RTs performing their medical images, inspections of radiation equipment and the best in cancer treatments by radiation therapists.

— Lois Lehman, Dallas

Problem with unions

As a longtime American Airlines shareholder and frequent flier, I was encouraged to see the headline regarding American’s record-breaking profits. (See: “Strong earnings are forecast for airlines,” July 20)

However, I was quickly brought back to reality when I read Allied Pilots Association president Keith Wilson’s comments regarding future compensation for the pilots.

It was a strong reminder that excessive union demands in the past not only drove American to bankruptcy but most of the other major carriers as well.

While you would think the unions would have learned that a profitable and healthy company benefits everyone, Wilson’s comments reminded me that unions only care about their own interests.

Hopefully, the new American Airlines management team will be able to convince the unions that past behavior cannot be repeated if the current financial success is to be maintained.

However, I for one am not holding out much hope that the unions can change their way of doing business.

— Mike Morgan, Colleyville

Granger gets it right

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger wisely believes that unaccompanied children entering the U.S. illegally are better off entering legally under the care and protection of their parents and should be returned to them quickly and that their parents are best off entering the U.S. legally with them.

She would also uphold demands to immediately secure the border. (Gov. Rick Perry has done the right thing by deploying the National Guard.)

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), on the other hand, apparently feels he and his like-minded Democrats can do a better job than even parents can do: “The Democrats have children to protect and Republicans have a crisis to exploit.” ( See “Granger issues border proposal,” Monday, July 24 )

For starters, Congresswoman Granger is correct to push to secure the border and to change a 2008 sex trafficking law that protects only those entering illegally who are from Honduras, Guatemala and Salvador but not from Mexico.

Like Congressman Gutierrez, Germany once believed children could best be protected by the state under the Hitler Youth program. That disgusting program was a miserable failure. And there were days were when Texas eateries hung signs that read “Dogs and Mexicans not allowed.”

Don’t hang them on the Texas-Mexico border fence.

— Vince Rios, Haslet

Companies responsible

The fertilizer companies are blaming the city of West for not being prepared for an explosion.

That’s no different than a murderer blaming his victim for allowing himself to be killed.

Since Citizens United won their right for corporations to be equated with “people,” they should bear the same responsibility for their actions, or inaction, as the rest of us.

Unless this class of “people” is above the laws that We the People are expected to adhere to, they should be charged, jailed and tried for negligent homicide like anyone else.

— Edward C. Wyman, Fort Worth


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