Letters (Feb. 27, 2013)

Salem Home leader worthy of praise


I?have been a member of the workforce for 40-plus years and have witnessed various leadership styles. Working at Salem Home under Kris Erickson has been, by far, the most pleasurable.

Kris is up-front, no-nonsense and to the point about his expectations. He does not micro-manage or belittle. He does not dominate with an iron fist.

He has compassion for his employees as well as the nursing home residents; and he truly cares about each of them.

He is approachable—always with an open-door policy—and listens to each and every person that comes to him. He may not always agree—and will tell you so—as well as give an explanation why. He will often go on to give suggestions, or “food for thought,” so one can make their own conclusions.

A lot of what Kris does for Salem Home is behind-the-scenes, and always in the best interest of the resident and/or employee. He believes in re-investing assets to benefit the home and its residents, and has made many beneficial changes to both the structure itself and the day-to-day operation of the home.

Kris makes his expectations clear for each department and trusts his managers to follow through. He does not hover or shove his authority in your face.

If, however, his expectations are not met, he is straightforward and open about what he expects to change, leaving you to figure out how to make that change happen.

He is deeply committed to culture change and making the long-term care commitment as easy as possible, preserving the dignity and observing resident rights through choices.

Kris provides a relaxed working atmosphere that is non-threatening, though is in no way non-caring. He aids in making Salem feel home-like, and we are very fortunate to have him as part of our team.

Brenda L. Hiebert, LPN

Salem Home, Hillsboro

Letter’s arguments are skewed on guns


I was reading the online edition of the Free Press and was stunned by the letter from Daryl Enos last week.

I can remember the same rants and raves around Marion County about keeping arms to be ready for the imminent takeover by the “jack booted ATF thugs” in black helicopters after Ruby Ridge and Waco in the 1990s.

The bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City was a direct result of this kind of delusional thinking. I recall that when the FBI came to investigate the Marion County connection to the event, many of the “patriot bumper stickers” were removed rather quickly.

Did anyone else find the reference to Custer’s Last Stand a bit confusing and offensive? Given the history of the United States and the genocide that was perpetrated against the native people of this continent, it is almost the classic case of a people being disarmed and mistreated by a dominate power.

I don’t think the problem at this battle was the army being grossly outgunned but rather being badly led by an arrogant, narcissistic general.

Another reference in the letter was to the genocide in Guatemala. There is not enough room here to explore fully that horrible time except to encourage readers to inform themselves of the United States’ involvement with the right wing death squads that carried out the slaughter.

Many of the arms were provided by the USA and the Guatemalan military and police were trained at the infamous School of the Americas, Fort Benning, Ga. There was an apology made by President Clinton for our part in this anti-democratic activity.

Does Mr. Enos suggest that the poor Mayan farmers of Guate­mala suffered these atrocities merely because they were denied ownership of the weaponry to fight off an army?

Maybe the song from the Beatles “White Album” sums up the thinking of some folks in America: “Happiness is a Warm Gun.”

Harry E. Bennett

Madison, Wis.

























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