In Philadelphia and across the country, President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry can have multiple meanings. For some, the hearings might feel like political theater with potential outcomes depending on competing political narratives. And for others — such as Ukrainian Americans in the Philadelphia region — it might have less to do with politics and more to do with the reputation of the nation.
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For some of Philly’s Ukrainians, politics isn’t at the center of how they view the impeachment inquiry. But the fact that more people are learning that the nation of 44 million people actually exists is a positive. There are more than 67,000 Ukrainians in the Philadelphia region.
Over the years, Ukrainian Americans in Philly and elsewhere have battled the misconceptions that they’re Russians, Poles or Hungarians because Ukraine has been occupied by each of those nations at different times.
Our Washington, D.C., correspondent, Jonathan Tamari, has been covering the impeachment hearings this month. What he saw didn’t just provide a window into President Trump’s actions as it pertains to Ukraine.
They also showed two divergent worlds of information that have cut across America. The future of the Democrats’ potential attempts to remove the president from office could take the form of a battle of competing narratives.
A group of school nurses who said they speak for many of the more than 200 nurses caring for nearly 200,000 students in Philadelphia’s schools issued a warning last week that stunned some school board members. “Our nursing practice is being interfered with by an administration that does not value our input, puts our nursing licenses at risk, and ultimately puts the health of the children we serve at risk," a veteran school nurse said.
The nurses argue that there’s no district physician in place after the previous one left about a month ago and there’s no policy handbook to guide them. They also contend that administrators without medical experience are handing out medications and altering student records. District officials disputed that the nurses who spoke out reflected the views of the entire group of nurses.
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