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An unjustified 'attack' on Haley

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 07:06 PM

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Regarding "Vet takes issue with hospital's namesake" (front page, Oct. 22): Bob Sawallesh wants to change the name of the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital because of a tragic circus fire that occurred in 1944, despite the fact there was little evidence Haley was directly responsible for the fire that killed and injured so many any more than many others who were connected with this tragic event. It doesn't make any sense why Sawallesh would promote this event as the main reason for changing the name of the hospital that bears Haley's name. If Sawallesh had used this tragedy to explain why the treatment of burn patients is somehow deficient, his attack on the name of the hospital would make some sense, but he has not done that. As a veteran myself, I think most are interested in quality-of-care issues, not the name of the hospital. Rep. Gus Bilirakis said he would investigate Sawallesh's request. I hope he keeps the focus on quality of care rather than what appears to be an unjustified reason for changing the name of this hospital.

Art Hayhoe

Wesley Chapel

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