Well, another October has come and almost gone and still no mention by any of the media that October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness month. How is it that the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. is so grossly ignored by the media? Better yet, how is it that the heart hospitals continue to stream large pink banners down its walls and never even mention Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness month. I would have thought they would be more focused on issues of the heart. Maybe its because with SCA there are few survivors, nine out of 10 dont make it. There is no voice for them. If an automated external defibrillator is used quickly during SCA, lives can be saved. It has been my goal over the past three years to donate AEDs to local organizations and teach basic life saving skills to the community. Now in its third year, the S.C.A.R.E 5K has been able to donate 18 AEDs. Oh, by the way, one has already been used to save a life.
I would venture to say that most people dont even know that SCA is not a heart attack.
We need more community awareness and education about this devastating event, which obviously is not being provided by the media. The S.C.A.R.E. 5K and kids fun run is Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Hephzibah Childrens home. Come and learn about SCA and how you can save a life.
-- Kathy Frazier
The cartoonist who does the Shoe cartoon went a little too far in the comics that appeared in the Telegraph on Tuesday, Oct. 15. His comment on the Donner party was beyond the limits of decency. For those of you who dont know who the Donner party was, Ill tell you. In the 1840s the Mormons decided to go West to get away from religious persecution.
There were thousands of them who left in small groups at different times of the year so they wouldnt deplete the resources and to get through the mountains before the winter snows began. Some went in covered wagon, but the majority of them took their possessions in handcarts they would either push or pull.
The Donner party -- called that after the man who was leading that group -- left a little late and when they got to the mountains an early snow beset their party. They had little food or shelter and would eat what they could find, even to making soup with melted snow and leather from their own shoes.
Many died from exposure to the weather or from starvation. A few brave souls walked out of the mountains to get to Salt Lake City for help. Many left Salt Lake City to go help bring the Donner party out of their disparity. Many of the Donner party lost some or all of their extremities due to frostbite and those who died left behind family members, including small children.
Now I ask you, is that something that should be made fun of in the comics? Shame on The Telegraph for printing the cartoon.
-- Ruby Jacobs
That damnable tea party
We, American patriots, started out being called a bunch of gun totin pickup drivin rednecks without much intelligence or just common savvy. Suddenly we graduated to being racists and it didnt take long until the rest of the alphabet followed. You know, terrorist, xenophobe, etc. In the beginning when there were a few hundred tea party patriots we were discounted as a non-entity that could be ignored. The left-wing with Obama and the talking heads of the lame screen media lacked a scapegoat, no offense meant to goats, so once again the tea party is to blame for the predicament the politicians have created for us as Americans.
Well, thats what Congress gets for trusting us gun totin pickup drivin rednecks who secretly gained control of the purse strings in Washington and were about to withhold Obamas play money. The consensus of the great majority of tea party adherents is that we do not endorse candidates.
Thats what leads me to wonder how it is that the tea party is responsible for threatening to close down the U.S. government by not raising the debt ceiling to allow Obama to spread the wealth around.
-- Lawrence Headrick
Elephant in WR
Theres an elephant in the middle of Warner Robins that we dont hear the candidates talk about. Thousands of residents of Warner Robins who call this city home, who work, shop and live here, are not citizens of the city. I am one of these.
We are the disenfranchised, unincorporated citizens. We live next door, across the street and down the street from homes in the city, but we have no voice in the elections or part in city services. I can throw a football to the nearest Warner Robins city fire station that will not respond if my home is on fire.
We hear about growth, running city sewer, water and gas and profit centers to new areas. There are 30-year-old encircled neighborhoods bypassed in the race for rapid growth. Our choice: accept city services when we get to you and pay city taxes now, or remain unincorporated.
I think there has to be a middle ground: in order to have a unified vision. We all drive on city streets, shop, worship and work inside the city limits. The county has to duplicate most city services for us, not rural but residential neighborhoods.
I challenge each of the city candidates to offer up a plan to unify the city, allowances for investments weve made in our property (I replaced my septic system two years ago), and to provide city services to those who live here before expanding the city to new areas.
-- Steve Berman
I read James Hubers letter to the editor about the dog story and agree that is was sensationalized. But you have the pen so you control what we see. Since you decided to slant and sensationalize the headline to the letter, I reread the letter. Then I read it again. I dont see where he blamed the paper. No you are not above blame. But I just dont see how you could try so hard to detract from this letter.
I read it again and still dont see where, in any sentence did he say it was the papers fault.
You did a disservice to the reading community. I think you have a right to defend yourself, but not to distort what someone else said.
-- Mart England
Its hard to sensationalize a story where a rescue shelter was broken into leaving three dogs dead and at least 15 others injured. You may call telling the facts of a story sensationalizing, but we call it good reporting.
Who won the election?
I am so sorry that people like Sloan Oliver are not as smart as President Obama. Thats why Oliver is in Macon and not in the White House. Who was he speaking for when he said the president is distrusting? He certainly was not speaking for most Americans that re-elected him to a second term. If you do not like a certain law or a certain president, then get out there and run for election yourself.
This president was re-elected by over five million votes. As for distrust and reaping what he sows, I am very pleased with this president and all of the haters and wannabes are just angry.
-- Hazel Gray
Its not our fault
Is it our fault that a vast number of voters neglected to use their right to vote. The percentage that did not participate equaled those that did. The resulting winners can consider themselves very lucky in several instances. In District 2 the dominant control of registered voters left the winner with a 26 vote win. Many of us rejoiced at the outcome.
-- Joe Hubbard
Prayer for Today
Heavenly Father, thank you for your presence and strength in my life. My blessings are too numerous to count. Every time I lift my voice in prayer to you is a privilege. The peace I feel in knowing you is overwhelming. I am so proud to be a child of the King. Amen.
-- Alice M. Pritchett
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