I read with great dismay Jonathan Pavloff’s response to the Faculty Senate’s and department chairs’ overwhelming “no confidence” votes in President Scott Scarborough (“Chairman pleads for reconciliation,” Feb. 11). The request by Pavloff, chairman of the university board of trustees, to meet with the leadership of the Faculty Senate is too little, too late.

No one ever disputed the financial problems the university is facing. Before this administration arbitrarily eliminated programs and positions, it should have sought the input of the university community, not now.

A good leader develops a vision in concert with faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community. This was not done, and we are all now paying the price for the arbitrary and ill-conceived changes.

The board’s position that “no confidence” votes are commonplace is an insult to the intelligence of reasonable people.

Each situation is different. In the case of UA, the overwhelming number of votes against Scarborough indicates there is a problem. If not, why has there been such an overwhelming backlash, shown by declining enrollment, faculty unrest and decreasing contributions?

I am not one of those who has been ugly and unfair in criticism of this president. I am a retired professor of the university’s College of Education and care deeply about the university.

The board of trustees is supposed to represent the community in guiding the university. They are not supposed to rubber stamp everything the president proposes.

The board and president are missing the mark, and it is costing the entire university community dearly. The board can begin to regain some of the respect it has lost by asking for Scarborough’s immediate resignation.

William E. Nemec

Munroe Falls

Following in ?Scalia’s path

In the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, we have lost more than an important vote, we have lost a man who believed in Christian principles.

He walked in the footsteps of another justice, who said: “I believe no one can read the history of our country without realizing that the Good Book and the spirit of the Saviour have from the beginning been our guiding geniuses.”

Those are the words of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, who called the United States “a Christian land governed by Christian principles.”

“The vote of a deceased justice does not count,” said veteran lawyer Roy Englert (“Justice’s death means loss of important vote,” Feb. 15).

Let’s pray that the voice of men who believe in Christian principles does count.

Kay Long

Akron

Practitioners ?with purpose

As a nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience in both civilian and military settings, I object to several statements made in the Feb. 9 commentary on House Bill 216 (“Better care with physicians in the lead”).

I firmly understand that physicians are an important part of the health-care team, but they are limited in their ability and willingness to do many things that nurse practitioners do well.

Nurse practitioners are educated to view the whole patient, not just his or her medical problems.

We have to be nurses, social workers, therapists and patient advocates, all while handling patients with multiple medical problems in a fragmented health-care system where insurance companies decide what care the patient really will get.

I have had many patients with chronic diseases who were followed by physician for many years and had never had a discussion about the eventual course of their disease and what their end of life wishes were.

In regards to nurse practitioners overprescribing Schedule II controlled substances, I have seen physicians who prescribed controlled substances with no regard for how long the patient had been on them, their other health-care issues, and with no thought about whether the medication was still appropriate.

I am absolutely aware of my limitations as a nurse practitioner and am not afraid to ask a physician for help.

Nurse practitioners are educated on chronic-disease management, something that is cost-effective and needed in health care.

My physician colleagues are better at managing critically sick patients and patients who are too complex for me to manage.

The patient is the captain of the health-care team, not any health-care provider. There are plenty of sick patients to go around.

Elizabeth Houglan Adkins

Tallmadge