Here's an example. About 11 years ago, as a teacher, I asked approximately 300 of my students to contact Senator Mikulski's office to express support for her to introduce a piece of legislation designed to call upon all of the nursing homes in the United States to try to reach a 6-to-1 ratio of nurses' aides to patients. The major problem in nursing homes then, and still today, is the shortage of nurses' aides in taking care of individuals who reside in nursing homes. Because of Maryland's weak laws regarding nursing care, nursing homes can have as many as 50 patients under the care of 1 nurse's aide. Is it any wonder why nursing homes are virtually warehouses for the elderly despite attempts on the part of nursing home owners to con the residents' relatives into believing they are doing a good job?