#b#Jeff Sessions Deserves No Break#/b#

Richard K. Rein’s excellent piece in the March 8 edition of U.S. 1 on memories and their failures raises points to consider regarding Jeff Sessions’ confirmation testimony. Consider these issues and the likelihood he would remember or forget the Russian meetings:

Had he in his role as a committee member ever previously met with the ambassador of a major country? What was his purpose in meeting with the Russian ambassador in 2016? Was any other member of his Senate committee present at that meeting? If not, had the Senate committee sent him? Why him? What preparation did he do before the meeting? Did he report on the meeting to the Senate committee after the fact? What is in that report? Supply a copy. Who else was present? How long did the meetings last? What did the ambassador say? What did others present say? What did you say? Were the meetings recorded in any manner? Did you or anyone else make written or electronic notes? What was agreed upon at the first meeting? The second?

If these questions are put to Sessions it should become clear what his motives were for the meeting. It should then be clear whether he perjured himself.

How often does one meet the Russian ambassador? Is such a meeting likely a memorable occasion? Don’t cut Sessions too much slack.

Thomas F. Marshall

Monroe Township

#b#Get Stroke Victims to Stroke Centers#/b#

Stroke kills nearly 3,500 people in New Jersey every year and causes lifelong disabilities for thousands more. Patients who receive treatment in the first three hours after stroke symptoms appear have the best chance of not only surviving, but of resuming daily life with limited lingering problems.

Sadly, too many stroke patients do not receive timely care. They are left to wait in emergency rooms for hours, or taken to hospitals that are not equipped to treat their conditions wasting precious minutes and hours. As a stroke survivor, I believe that New Jersey stroke patients deserve better.

On February 27 the Senate Budget Committee voted yes on a bill that would improve the stroke system of care in New Jersey. It would ensure that hospitals that identify themselves as stroke centers have the necessary pieces in place to treat stroke patients in a timely manner. It would also ensure that EMS providers have protocols in place to identify a stroke and transport the patient to the appropriate facility in a timely manner.

I encourage the leadership of the Assembly to post this bill soon and members of the Assembly to vote in favor of it so that stroke patients receive the best care possible. Stroke won’t wait, neither should you.

Patty Lang

Monroe Township

Lang is a multiple stroke survivor and volunteer for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

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