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Letters To The Editor 3/30/2019

March 30, 2019 GMT

Know about lives they led

Editor: Most people skim past the obituaries in the newspaper, taking a few seconds to see if they know anyone.

I used to do the same thing. Then one day, I read every one on the page. That day I realized, why not give the deceased person the dignity of knowing about them?

What I realized was the lives that many lived were worth taking the time to know about them. Did the mom love baseball, gardening or traveling? Did the women work as Rosey riveters? Each was a story of a life traveled by different roads to the same destination.

So, when you get the chance, give the obituaries a few minutes of your time and give meaning to other people’s lives. I said to my wife, “Mrs. Jones died at 95 years old.” She asked me, “Did you know her?” I replied, “I do now.”





Recognition for doctors

Editor: Today, the nation observes National Doctors’ Day, an annual celebration of the physicians who work closely with patients over the span of their lives, from neonatal intensive care and family medicine to hospice and palliative care.

At Geisinger, we will honor our family of about 1,800 physicians who care for more than 3 million residents in the communities we serve.

The challenges are well known: the opioid addiction crisis, the rapid increase in chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease and the special imperative to care for an aging population.

In their day-to-day treatment of patients, doctors are at the heart of efforts to cope with these issues. But physicians are also at the vanguard of a movement to shift health care away from a focus on treating illness after the fact to a better model: one that stresses prevention and healthy lifestyles.

Today, doctors have more tools than ever to supplement traditional care with data and technology that can predict illness, keep patients out of the hospital and help people live at home longer as they age. Along with providing cost savings that benefit everyone, these goals are central to compassionate care. As the modern Hippocratic oath reminds physicians — and all of us — “Prevention is preferable to cure.”

On a day that has recognized doctors for nearly 90 years, I hope people will join those of us at Geisinger celebrating the forward-thinking physicians who are not only battling the health-related challenges we face and providing thoughtful, personal care as part of their daily rounds, but also changing the face of health care for the benefit of our patients and our communities.






Honor physicians

Editor: Today is National Doctors’ Day, a date set aside to recognize physicians for their work and contributions to the community.

Commonwealth Health’s staff and administration say thank you to our outstanding physicians for leading the care our network gives, for your commitment to healing and the difference you make in our communities.

The day typically is marked by a special meal in the physician lounge or the presentation of a token of our appreciation. These gestures pale in comparison to the contribution physicians make to the communities they serve and do not express the gratitude we have for our doctors. This day is unlike many other observances that allow for a day off from work. The men and women who chose medicine as their career paths still have to show up for work.

People still visit their doctor’s offices because of illness or a routine examination. Surgery schedules continue, the emergency department and walk-in clinics remain open and X-rays and other diagnostic tests must be reviewed. In a sense, doctors never really stop working. They do not have the luxury of punching out at the end of the day. They may have to leave the family dinner table to respond to an urgent call from a sick patient or be called out in the middle of the night to deliver a baby or perform an emergency operation. Even on their scheduled days off — vacations and holidays — it’s not unusual for relatives and friends to ask for some quick advice or health tip at a gathering.

Most doctors are where they are for one reason: They want to help people.

We hope they accept our small gestures today and understand they are appreciated for their compassion, admired for their wisdom and applauded for their dedication.

To every physician: Thank you for all you do for our patients, our hospitals and our communities.











Coyotes are not softies

Editor: A writer wrote in opposition to coyote killing (“Halt coyote killing,” March 16).

Coyotes outnumber their populations of 50 years ago and some have moved into towns and cities as woods and wilderness areas disappear and humans encroach on their habitat. They do have the same DNA as dogs.

Coyotes run deer in packs, as wolves do, and when the prey is worn down, they sometimes eat them alive. I have seen coyotes that weigh 50 to 55 pounds. They are not to be fooled with.

Hunters pay for the Game Commission to protect all game in the state and to patrol areas to keep outlaws from overkilling animals. Hunters pay federal excise taxes on guns and ammunition that they buy for their sport. Revenue from the tax is distributed to the states based on the number of hunting licenses sold. Pennsylvania is among the top states in annual reimbursements.




Insufficiently pro-life

Editor: During the recent special election campaign in the 114th Legislative District, Republican candidate Frank Scavo stated that he is 100 percent pro-life.

Democrat Bridget Malloy Kosierowski, who won the election, stated that personally she is pro-life, but she will uphold the law of the land. She further stated that she would ban only late-term abortions.

As a mother and nurse, I am ashamed and appalled at her support for abortion. Doctors and nurses should be committed to protecting and saving lives, not destroying them.

May God have mercy on our country for the legalization of the destruction of innocent unborn lives, unduly declared by our nation’s Supreme Court as the law of the land.

What about God’s law, Thou shalt not kill?