I sat in the emergency room for four hours suffering chest pains and never got seen by a doctor. I left because the pains had subsided and wrote a letter to this opinion page. In it I mentioned that I am uninsured and must file indigent care. Apparently some think that because I am not employed, I am lazy. I worked for 35 years. I lost my job and the insurance that came with it one year ago. I suffer from COPD and without some form of assistance have to pay $300 a month for my meds. I was told if I have chest pains go to the ER, so I did, as I hope you would, too.
The day after I walked out of the ER, I went to my doctor, who had me admitted to the hospital for three days. I underwent a heart catheter and CT scans. I am now seeing two wonderful specialists who truly care about me as a patient, and for them I am very grateful.
My complaint was that our ER is understaffed (not always; I have been seen in five minutes once out of three visits.) An ER should never be as backed up as that one was on that night. I wanted to bring attention to that. Shouldn’t they have some ER doctors on call?
The gentleman who responded to my letter could not defend the ER, so he blames me and people in my situation and calls us lazy? Does he also consider people in wheelchairs too lazy to walk?
I’d also like to mention that all of the doctors and nurses, etc., were absolutely wonderful people. As overworked and stressed as they may be they were a pleasure to be around (at least when they weren’t poking things in my arms).
-- Kevin Bradsher
I found myself nodding in agreement with Lee Martin’s past two letters. The laws that specify the use of turn signals and headlights and the law that says to dim high beams when there is oncoming traffic are there to tell us to show consideration for others. Therein lies the problem, I think. Asking people to show consideration for others on the road is a huge infringement on their precious freedom and just one step away from a North Korean style police state in their minds. Traffic laws are only to be obeyed when it is convenient.
Getting a ticket for failure to signal or failure to use headlights or failure to dim high beams is police harassment and a greedy government stealing our money instead of “oops; yeah, I screwed up. Better learn from this and not do it again.” Cellphone calls, texting and updating Facebook pages are all far more important than taking a couple of seconds to turn on headlights in the rain or when it is dark or pulling that turn signal switch back to dim the high beams. We have simply become too selfish to bother caring about anyone else sharing the roads with us.
-- Mike Ganas
Public Works employee
Recently, as I was nearing the intersection of Forest Hill and Wimbish roads, I noticed a man picking up trash. Guess who it was? Mayor Robert Reichert by himself. What an example for the rest of us to follow.
-- Joyce Martin
Arthur D. Brook’s Thursday letter on Lee Robinson as a young state senator in Atlanta introducing a bill requiring two laws to be rescinded for every new law that is passed made no sense at all. This was a typical, impractical Libertarian fantasy that was a joke. It would have taken up so much valuable legislative time and endless arguments that it would have been counterproductive.
I certainly agree with Brook that Robinson has had an admirable career and now has a job more suited to his obvious non-lawmaking abilities and that is so needed in Macon -- the Indigent Defense Office.
-- Frank W. Gadbois
Who can cry ‘foul’?
The Republicans are calling “foul” on the actions of President Obama -- most recently for his choice to use his executive order regarding immigration. My question is, didn’t the Republican Party have an opportunity to address this issue and make reforms that could have benefited those who have come to this country to find the American Dream (which is as elusive as catching a butterfly for most people of color)? He’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.
The color of his skin has been an obsessive threat to a great number of people on Capitol Hill. Why feud with the president when Congress could work for a compromise that will benefit all citizens, whether immigrant or native born (truly, most of us were implanted here). Not only has President Obama tried to reform our health-care system, he has also used his position to help many middle-class folks keep their homes by getting legislation that prevented banks from using unfair practices -- specifically, foreclosures are avoided by improving terms for loan modification and restructuring the homeowner’s debt.
In addition, lenders are provided incentives to reduce foreclosures by loss mitigation guarantees, compensation and lender protection from lawsuits by investors holding the loans. President Obama has been treated with disrespect (even refusing to call him President Obama) to questioning his loyalty to the United States. Whatever you may think about President Obama, he is still our president
-- Dorothy Henderson
Such a fuss
I wonder where Stephen Beaty was while the wrangling was going on about the Douglass House? I didn’t hear one thing about him standing up to fight the destruction of such a great treasure as that rotted, tumbledown eyesore. I wonder if he ever even saw the building.
I now ask a question, is it always easy to criticize after the fact? Maybe he should be on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Oh, that’s right, he can’t serve. He lives in Houston County. He seems to have a vast amount of knowledge that he is willing to share. Maybe he should have organized and made enough money to fix the building. Maybe he could have saved such a “treasure.” Right, thanks for his input.
I wonder one more thing: If it were an old church, mostly white in congregation, would anyone like him be making such a fuss?
-- Michael Collins