When Mark Anthony said, “...the evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones,” he used irony to appeal to the emotions of Rome. He knew that, in fact, as time passes, people are usually remembered in their best possible light.
In the Feb. 13 issue of the Wall Street Journal, an article appeared titled “For Facebook Users, Options Upon Death.” The substance of the article is that in the past, Facebook’s policy upon the death of an account holder was to freeze the account, but now they have the option to make choices.
This may be a very inconsequential change. On the other hand, it has been my experience that even the most callus and slovenly people with regard to their own reputation tend to act in a sober manner when they contemplate their final legacy.
Perhaps if people are prompted to consider their posterity, they might reflect before making outrageous, outlandish and often out-of-character posts. In lieu of that they need to select a caretaker for their Facebook site who is capable and willing to re-write history in their favor. In the absence of either of those choices, their ancestors may be confronted with the cold hard truth: “They really weren’t as nice as we remember them.”
-- Tim Talcott Sr.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Newnan is the only hospital in Georgia whose ability to accept new patients is limited by state law. That law needs to be changed. It is unfair to people in this state who have cancer and are fighting for their lives.
In March 2009, my son Demetria E. Bynum was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (“Nasopharyngeal carcinoma is cancer that occurs in the nasopharynx, which is located behind your nose and above the back of your throat.” Source: American Cancer Society). After exploring several options, he chose to be treated at CTCA because of their patient-centered care model and clinical excellence. CTCA was the answer to our prayers and Demetria lived three additional years before transitioning March 9, 2013. If Demetria had not had this choice, I don’t know what we would have done.
If your son or daughter was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, or any cancer, wouldn’t you want him/her to have choices about where to receive treatment? The way the law is now, she/he would not. That’s why it is important for our legislators to pass Certificate of Need (CON) reforms. Urge your legislators to support patient choice in cancer care in Georgia.
-- Phyllis Bynum-Grace
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Our schools are staffed with an amazing number of educated, experienced, professional people, so why does our school system stay in such turmoil? This is not to reflect badly on the school board. I don’t know any of them personally, but if you have problems writing a handbook, you are not sure what your job is.
Why not use the brainpower of the teachers who struggle to teach our children every day. They can tell you what they need and what the children need. They are the ones the school board serves. They have the education, many with masters degrees or higher. They also have years of experience, not just in the classroom, but in dealing with the expectations of the rule-makers and the citizens of the county.
Eat the elephant one bite at a time. Let each school elect a team leader who can gather insight from every teacher. I don’t mean somebody’s checklist, I mean a brain storming meeting. Team leaders can work with other team leaders to come up with a plan to solve the problems that are causing so many of our schools to fail. They also know it is not about politics, race or money.
I am not a teacher. I do have many years of experience as a management analyst and team leader, and I do know problem- solving starts at the lowest level. We are blessed that our lowest level is an amazing group of educated, experienced, professional people.
-- Patricia S. Weiss
I’ve noticed something in regards to the replies to Geraldine Parker, Dr. Miguel Faria, et. all. No one has yet to explain why the police or government should have the right to have an individual’s photo or stop them without cause. Rather, it’s the “nothing to hide” argument, “you’re just paranoid,” or an intellectually void statement regarding Libertarianism being passé. Never mind the fact that the founders of the country held many of those same Libertarian beliefs.
One would think if their argument was so compelling, they could come up with something better, right? As to why shouldn’t the government or police be monitoring what I do if I’ve not given them cause to do so? To quote my grandmother when speaking about nosy people, “It’s none of their business.”
-- Dave Whitaker