Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Friday, May 29, 2015

‘Go Red for Women’

Did you know?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in every four deaths in the U.S. is related to heart disease.

The CDC also estimates that heart disease costs the U.S. almost $109 billion each year through health-care services, medications and lost productivity.

Heart disease is the leading killer of women in the U.S.

Heart disease claims the lives of one in three women each year with no regard for race or ethnicity, and deaths related to heart disease are particularly high in Georgia and the Southeast. An estimated 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease, but many women do not realize they are at risk because a woman’s symptoms can vary greatly from those symptoms experienced by men. While we commonly associate chest pain and chest tightness with the disease, women may experience headaches, neck and back aches, upset stomach and nausea instead.

“Go Red for Women Central Georgia” is dedicated to battling heart disease and related conditions, such as heart attack and stroke, by giving Middle Georgians the tools they need to live heart healthy lives. Together with our community partners, we are increasing our efforts to reach women throughout the year through awareness and education initiatives. Although heart disease is a very prevalent problem, there are steps women may take to prevent this chronic disease. In fact, approximately 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and certain lifestyle changes.

Women are the heart of the family, the CEOs of the household. This Go Red for Women campaign is intended to bolster the heart health of the women in our region, and in turn, lead them to direct their families toward heart healthy lifestyles. Above all, we want women to know, and to teach their families, that living an active life is important, not smoking is important and eating nutritiously is important for maintaining heart health and sustaining life. We also encourage both women and men to have their blood pressure and cholesterol checked in order to know their risk. Through awareness, education and certain lifestyle changes, we are confident that we can overcome this horrible disease.

Heart disease is no match for the power of women’s voices. Find out how you can Go Red at GoRedforWomen.org.

-- Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders

president & cEO of Navicent Health

inaugural chairperson Go Red for Women Central Georgia

Once saved?

Like Dwight Poole, I don’t like the phrase “once saved, always saved,” but I do believe in the eternal security of the believer. The phrase does seem to be pretentious on its face because if a person has the mindset that he has been saved and that he can live any way he chooses, it is the opinion of Scripture the man has never had a relationship with Jesus Christ. I have read many Scriptures that support eternal security of the believer, so many it would be hard to list them all. I will use only two. Jesus Christ said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish; neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” John 10:27-28.

I could add other Scriptures but this one suffices. Now, if a person has only head knowledge in his belief of Jesus Christ, he has missed the relationship part. Jesus calls us his sheep. This speaks of ownership. Jesus said he would separate the sheep from the goats, the wheat from the chaff, the wheat from the tare. Those who would dare to believe they can live any way they choose and call themselves a child of God are deceived, as Poole pointed out.

Only those who in God’s grace are “born again” have eternal life. If you receive him, you love him, and any time a sin comes into your life, you immediately know you have hurt him. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” I John 1:9. According to scripture the true believer is sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption. That is how long I want eternal security to last, until I see him, and once eternity has begun, there will be only his kingdom and his rule in my life. Until then, I will keep on praying, keep on reading my Bible, keep on telling others about him. Not in order to get into heaven, but because I am thrilled that he chose to save me, and not allow anyone or anything to pluck me out of his hand.

-- Anthony Smith


Without fear

I would like to make an addition to the letter that made a plea for respect for the Christian religion. I am sure such respect and at least tolerance for religions would have been appreciated by the Christian martyrs of the first century, the infidels (by definition, non-Christians) subjected to the Spanish Inquisition and Jews exterminated in the Holocaust.

The greatness of this country includes its protection of the rights of those holding minority views and beliefs, and the freedom for those people from oppression by the majority, which is achieved in part by separation of church and state (as the letter noted: “Christians coming to this country to worship... without fear.”)

-- Stella Tsai