It seems the elected officials, at least the Republicans, have forgotten that their job is to do the will of the people. President Obama and staff have been fighting with Republicans for years because they never supported him. He serves the people very well if only given a chance to do so.
Weve been here before and it seems the only way out is to remove those anti-Republicans from office. It is a shame that if politics dont go their way, everyone turns into a Muslim. Lets see, Obamacare is exactly what the American people need in this country. Give it a chance. We may find that it will work very well. Obama has never showed his absolute contempt and disdain to the Constitution or this country. However, the Republicans have and are still are doing so. If anyone has broken the law it is the Republicans. Remember, the Supreme Court has upheld Obamacare. Yet, the Republicans have repeatedly tried to circumvent President Obamas plans. If you do the math, a vast majority of people in this country must have thought the president is a good president or he would not have been re-elected.
I applaud the Democrats in Congress for listening to the people, something Republicans dont believe in. I pray they stand their ground and dont cave in. I see the only real hope for us is to return to a nation that believes in God and fellow his plan. We cannot do that as long as we have idiots like this current crop of Republicans in office. No wonder the Soviet Union has come a long way since the Berlin Wall was taken down. I am not for communism, but I do believe achievements have been made. It is a shame that some readers see Muslims and communists behind every bush.
Obama is not destroying this country; he is doing what is right for the people who voted for him and for everyone else. Give him the respect and a chance to do his job.
-- Tommy K. Kennedy
Hammer and nail approach
The Rest of the Story was a classic radio program originally hosted by Paul Harvey who told quaint human interest stories with a twist-ending that he would conclude with his legendary tag line, And now you know the rest of the story.
Another human interest story with a surprise ending can be added to the growing list of news articles critical of medical spine care with the Sept. 18 publication of an op-ed piece at CNN.com titled, The Back Pain Most Surgeons Wont Find by Dr. Nick Shamie, President of the American College of Spine Surgery.
This headline piqued my interest as a doctor of chiropractic for 30-plus years since MDs routinely misdiagnose back pain by overlooking common mechanical joint disorders of the spine, referred to as vertebral subluxations by DCs, spinal lesions by orthopedists, or joint dysfunction by non-surgical orthopedists.
Instead, spine surgeons are solely focused on abnormal discs in order to justify spinal fusions. Shamie now admits they also overlook sacroiliac joint dysfunction that is undetected in 20 percent to 25 percent of these cases.
To his credit, Shamies article may be one of few critical articles about disc fusion surgery ever published at CNN.com but, true to his nature, he still cannot conceal his bias as a spine surgeon. Rather than disc fusion, Shamie recommends fusion of the SI joint with titanium screws.
Oh well, as the old saying goes, if your only tool is a hammer, everyone looks like a nail.
Last minute add
Sen. Mitch McConnell inserted $2.9 billion for a dam project in Kentucky, his home state, into the recent congressional budget compromise. I guess fiscal austerity is a subjective concept.
-- Neal Snyder
Re. Steve Bermans Elephant in WR letter, published Oct. 23. Careful, Steve, you could become a Warner Robins resident and pay taxes and still be denied some services you expect. I am in the city and paid city taxes for more than 20 years. I can see curbing, ending at a neighbors house. Some neighbors (next door, on one side and across the street) have city sewage. When I requested the city allow me to connect to city sewage (in 2001), the city says that the last manhole is very shallow and my house cannot be connected by gravity. I am a few inches above the house next door that has sewage. Looks like the same elevation as house across the street with sewage. I guess gravity works differently in Warner Robins.
I dont know where that manhole is or if they actually came out here (although the city email indicated they did) or if they know where my house is (street numbers are crazy here, jumps six numbers between houses). If the gravity feed will not work, the city obviously did not anticipate that the sewer lines were not deep enough to work for all of the block, since this property was outside the city at the time. That does not affect the city property tax, after incorporation. Steve, you may want to know what you would get for your taxes, the city may have reasons you dont get some things you might expect.
-- Ennis Hester
Tear it down
Would you spend $60 million to renovate a home you bought for $1 million? We, the taxpayers, are doing exactly that when we pay $60 million to renovate the White House dome. Why not remove it and build another? Im sure it could be done cheaper. Another example of our government inefficiency.
-- Robert Whitley
SCA and the rest of the story
I would just like to say a very late thank you to all who helped in my dads recovery from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Since it is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Month it is only fitting to share my dads story. Also thank you to Kathy Frazier who made us all aware about what this month is about in her Viewpoints letter on Wednesday, Oct. 23.
My dad, Stephen Wolverton, who is 69-years-old went into cardiac arrest on Aug. 2. My dad was outside working in the heat and I was trying to help. He got to feeling bad and we went inside. I took my mother who is invalid to the bathroom to clean her up. My dad was talking and all of a sudden I didnt hear anything. I walked into his kitchen to find him unconscious on the floor. I called 911 and started CPR until help arrived.
The first ones on the scene were the firefighters. They shocked my dad. The ambulance crew arrived and shocked him again. They quickly got him to the hospital. At the hospital he was still unresponsive, but the staff at Northside Hospital got on board and did everything they could do for him. He was then transported to Coliseum Medical Center where he was admitted to the CVICU unit. The doctors there didnt give us much hope. They did the Cold Therapy and had him sedated for three days. He was suppose to be warmed back up and hopefully come out of the sedation after or before the three-day mark.
We left the hospital on the third day around 9 p.m. It was a sad day as we were faced with what to do next. I knew God had brought him this far and I just asked that Gods will be done for my daddy. At 4 a.m. I received a call from his nurse. He was awake. Praise God. I was so excited and couldnt wait to see him. We were there when they removed the ventilator and feeding tubes and all the millions of tubes, IVs, etc.
It was a blessing to see my dad awake. He was confused but slowly made a very good recovery and was moved to the fourth floor. He had to have a pacemaker and defibrillator put in and he tolerated that well. He was moved to the rehab floor for therapy. After 17 days in the hospital my dad was able to come home. My dad was 1 in 10 who survived SCA. I want to thank all the nurses, doctors, therapist, food servers, etc. My dads life was spared for a reason and we thank God for the quick action of the fire department and paramedics.
Please Telegraph and media, make people aware of SCA. It wasnt a heart attack. Sadly, even some of the nurses didnt know the difference and most people in general do not know, either. With a heart attack you have heart damage and most the time you remain conscious. SCA is when your heart stops beating and most people die from this. There were no warning Signs. With heart attacks there are normally symptoms. With SCA you do not have any, or at least my dad didnt. I would never want to re-live that day and pray that others can be made aware of this frightening problem that happens to so many people every year.
-- Lisa Wolverton Johnson
The fools who run this country, write and pass ignorant laws and antagonize the rest of the world, are the same ones who will go into protected underground shelters with all of the luxuries when we are attacked.
-- Stan Dominy
While the recent decision by California lawmakers and the California governor to phase in a ban on the use of lead ammunition for hunting is a step in the right direction toward reducing lead contamination state wide and will assuredly and dramatically reduce the number of lead-poisoned wildlife, the poster child for this effort is clearly one of Americas most iconic and threatened birds, the California Condor.
The numbers tell the story. There are about 225 of these birds left in the wild, and lead poisoning continues to account for 50 percent of condor deaths among the necropsies performed since 1996 by The Peregrine Fund -- the organization that has been leading the recovery effort for the species.
In a perfect world, we could all accept as fact what hundreds of studies by well-respected institutions have shown: lead ammunition is responsible for the poisoning deaths of millions of birds in the United States annually.
The preferred solution is, of course, a voluntarily switch to non-lead ammunition. Thats something that all of us in the wildlife conservation community would applaud. And we do hope that a voluntary approach can still work in other states and communities where such programs are objectively viewed.
The problem in the case of the condor is that the switch to non-lead ammunition has not been happening fast enough. Clearly, something is broken when half the mortality of one of our most endangered birds is from lead poisoning even in spite of Herculean efforts to round up as many condors as possible to test for and treat those that are lead poisoned but havent yet succumbed to it.
The hunting community has done a lot to promote better wildlife conservation over the years. And in that spirit, California regulators gave the voluntary approach a fair chance. Unfortunately, this approach wasnt able to ensure the survival of one of the worlds most imperiled bird species. Lets hope the state can work out the few technical issues in the legislation. Those actions will no doubt save more condors as well as many other species that would otherwise be poisoned by lead.
-- George Fenwick
President, American Bird Conservancy