U.S. Senate
In Washington, even Ebola and politics mix

To the editor: Let me see if I have the latest action in Washington on Ebola straight. ("White House names Ebola czar as it steps up response," Oct. 17) Earlier this month a man infected with the Ebola virus came to Dallas; he eventually died in a hospital. Two of the nurses who cared for him contracted the virus, probably because of a break in the barrier protection needed to prevent transmission from one person to another. Our response to this should be coordinated by the surgeon general, but we don't have one who has been confirmed by the Senate. President Obama's nominee is being held up in Congress because the Republicans do not like the fact that he is too hard on...