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Letter: No surgeon general to lead Ebola fight

County Medical Center President and CEO Victor F.

County Medical Center President and CEO Victor F. Politi and infectious disease experts demonstrated the training that will be given to Nassau County firefighters, police, emergency personnel and hospital workers when handling EBOLA patients. The event took place at Nassau University Medical Center on Oct. 16, 2014. Credit: Uli Seit

We have truly become a nation that cannot think beyond personal gain. This becomes evident in the fight to prevent Dr. Vivek H. Murthy from becoming the U.S. surgeon general.

Why can't the Senate vote to confirm him? Because the National Rifle Association is against him. He views gun violence as a health threat and wants restrictions like background checks for purchases. Politicians run for cover when they have to confront this group.

What does it mean for me and you? It means Americans lack a leader to fight Ebola. All because the NRA decided Murthy's fate.

Linda Kotin, Long Beach