This is Viewpoints for Sunday, April 14, 2013

April 14, 2013 


Maybe the reason gun control is being pushed hard in 2013 is because it has no chance to advance in 2014. Next year Americans will begin to digest the provisions of the national health-care mandate and after a heaping helping of that no gun control could ever pass. Maybe that’s the government’s intention; hurry up and disarm the people before the national health-care debacle goes into effect.

-- Stuart Mullis


Meat and heart disease link

The new link between meat consumption and heart disease, discovered by Dr. Stanley Hazen of the Cleveland Clinic, is just the latest evidence linking meat consumption to killer diseases that cripple, then kill, 1.3 million Americans annually.

Hazen’s study showed that carnitine, an amino acid contained in all meat products, is a major factor in heart failure. Similarly, an Oxford University study of nearly 45,000 adults in last January’s American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vegetarians were 32 percent less likely to suffer from heart disease than people who ate meat and fish.

A Harvard University study of 37,698 men and 83,644 women, in last April’s Archives of Internal Medicine, concluded that meat consumption raises the risk of total, heart and cancer mortality. We have sacrificed the lives of 10,000 American personnel and trillions of dollars in waging two wars to avenge the deaths of 2,600 Americans in the 9/11 attacks. When will we wage a bloodless, low-cost war on the killer meat-based diet, potentially responsible for as many as 1.3 million American deaths annually?

In the meantime, we have the power to raise our own life expectancy by adopting a meat-free diet. An Internet search provides ample resources.

-- Morris Newman


Alcohol awareness

April marks Alcohol Awareness Month. Sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. The goal is to reduce alcohol abuse and encourage adults who choose to drink, to do so responsibly.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, most adults who drink alcohol, do so in moderation and are at low risk for developing problems related to their drinking. The key is moderation.

The U.S. Dietary Guidelines define moderate drinking as up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men. The guidelines define a standard drink as 12 fluid ounces of regular beer, five fluid ounces of wine, and 1.5 fluid ounces of 80 proof distilled spirits. Each of these standard drinks contains the same amount of alcohol.

Take some time to reflect on your own alcohol consumption to ensure it falls within the moderate drinking guidelines. Physicians can also provide guidance on questions related to alcohol and health, and can help you weigh the potential benefits and risks of alcohol consumption based on your family background, medical history and personal drinking decisions. For more information go to

-- Eleni Tousimis M.D., FACS

President, American Medical Women’s Association

True history?

Since April is being proclaimed “Confederate History and Heritage Month,” perhaps few people know the true history of what happened over a 150 years ago. Most history books give the popular notion that the South was invaded to free the slaves. But this is only part of the untruths printed in most history books. The true records of what happened are now beginning to come to the surface. And, as one lover of true history, H.K. Edgerton said, is “setting the record straight.”

Mike Scruggs wrote, “The Uncivil War,” named so perhaps, because of the uncivilized, total war policy of the Union. And, as the book cover says, “shatters the historical myths” and brings to light the truth. It tells why the Southern states had no other recourse but secession, due to the outrageous tariffs on cotton. Most importantly, it tells of some of the great men like Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis and Wade Hampton, who would rather hazard themselves, than turn from the truth, justice and American way.

-- Dwight Poole


Watch out

Recently, my husband had open heart surgery at a Macon hospital. For the most part, we had some very attentive and helpful nurses. It was wonderful how some went over and above the duty they were to perform.

I would like to give some examples of poor service by some, not all, nursing staff. The evening he was moved to a room, he had two chest drainage tubes and the accompanying attached receptacles. He had an oxygen tube attached to the wall. The Foley catheter had been removed earlier.

I had my own health issues to see about so I did not plan to stay the night. Boy, was I sorry the next day when I found out that when he called the nurses station during the night, they did not come as promised. He had to take off his oxygen, hobble to the bathroom with all the attachments. Of course, after that type of traumatic surgery, he had no business getting up alone and dragging all attachments along. But what does someone do in that kind of situation?

How is it that people are able to go through nursing school, get an RN degree, get hired by a reputable hospital and yet not care one whit about patients who are in need? Where is the compassion?

I’m so sorry to see how this behavior is tolerated by hospitals and the very schools these inept nurses come from. If you are a nurse who ignores calls from helpless patients, in my opinion, you should find another line of work.

Just be aware that if your loved one is in an area hospital, you may need to stay and care for them during the night as well as the day.

-- Gloria Pickens


Welcome home

Don Bailey, welcome back to Middle Georgia. I trust you and the community will benefit from you and your family’s presence. I am delighted after reading of your Middle Georgia ties and past connections.

From a lay persons standpoint, it will be refreshing to anticipate a new spirit and not witness the inbred attitude so common in older, low growth cities. However, the recent outreach to Houston County, is a good sign, and will benefit The Telegraph.

A strong, vibrant and a little less political newspaper will be a valuable tool in promoting economic development for our region. A central, neutral, news organization will contribute to the community.

I was born and raised in Gordon, was county commission chair, and have been mayor for 12 years. I am making personal observations as an “outsider,” but one who strongly believes that, as Macon and Bibb goes, so goes Middle Georgia.

Wilkinson County is a small, rural county that is not geographically contiguous to Bibb County. From a selfish standpoint and because of all the relationships we have with Macon and Bibb, we follow your every move with a high level of interest.

We understand the impact of other influences on your industry and the necessity to control costs and influence profits.

If we can assist in promoting an increase in regional cooperation, please contact us. If what I hear is accurate that 40 percent to 50 percent of Macon’s and Bibb’s sales tax revenues come from “outsiders,” then a deeper sense of regionalism may be healthy for all. Welcome to Middle Georgia.

-- Kenneth L. Turner

Mayor, city of Gordon

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