I know that I tease a lot about how we are woosies in the South when it comes to a little ice and snow. But I have to concede I am proud of the Columbus, Georgia, leaders who thought ahead and said we don't need to be a part of the problem we don't need to place a strain on our services that are not equipped to handle this stuff and cancelled everything.
Good job I am proud to be a resident of this great town!
Brian T. Luedtke
Above and beyond
Columbus city government leaders are to be commended for the excellent teamwork exhibited during the recent winer storm -- public announcements of school closings, road conditions, etc. We, the citizens of Columbus, are proud of our city Leaders, support personnel, and everyone who helped. Thank you for your tireless and diligent work!
Gerald and Irene Sumner
The L-E Sunday edition featured a full-page ad prepaid by a group from Alpharetta claiming that Sen. McKoon has sold out to the trial lawyers by "stopping" legislation that would reform the medical liability system in Georgia.
The group is a collection of healthcare honchos pitching their usual woo to the legislature to insulate doctors and hospitals from accountability to their patients based on negligence. They endorse a workers compensation type of system whereby doctors, hospital administrators and other providers sit as a panel and determine whether a valid claim exists and, if so, they alone determine how much is to be paid in compensation and with strict limitation on amounts to be considered. No patient is represented by any advocate, including an attorney, and the assertion that it is "fair" is an outright lie and deception typical of the healthcare industry.
Jury trials inordinately favor doctors because in order to win, a patient must first obtain the expert opinion of a doctor who, upon review of a complete medical chart and within his established area of expertise, must affirm that a standard(s) of medical care was departed from or there is no case. Try getting a doctor to testify against another when he is threatened by his peers and his malpractice insurer informs him that his policy will be cancelled if he testifies.
Supposedly, this lie will "stop frivolous malpractice cases in Georgia." Hogwash; that is already established in Georgia as a matter of law [O.C.G.A. 51-7-80 et seq. (1989)] and no trial attorney ignores it.
Robert John White
Score it E-1
In his interview with Bill O'Reilly, President Obama said, "I try to focus not on the fumbles but on the next plan." -- Hmmm so what are his next planned fumbles?
You know, when I coached kids in Little League, I tried to teach them that when they made an error (baseball's equivalent of a "fumble"), it was OK, but after that "physical" error it was more important not to make a "mental" error. That meant there was no time to kick the dirt or throw their gloves down or look at the bench/bleachers in disbelief. The physical error meant they had a new assignment to minimize the damage. They had to either retrieve the ball or get to a base and cover it, or line up as a cutoff man in other words, minimize the effect of that error.
President Obama never had a coach show him how to minimize his errors, and it shows, and it hurts the team more than the actual physical error.
Sadness and inspiration
In addition to all of the activities commemorating Dr. M.L. King for 2014, my wife and I were privileged to hear Dr. Barry Black at the Midtown Medical Conference Center on Jan. 20, and to read excerpts from his speech at the Alpha Phi Alpha MLK Unity Ward Breakfast.
What touched us most was the recent experience he had when visiting a prison in Florida. Tears rolled down his face because he thought he was at Morehouse College. Hundreds of mostly young African American men were there and he knew here the wealth of America was: "It's behind bars." After 38 years of sharing Christ to inmates in Columbus, I know the feeling.
On Jan. 26, we attended an Alumni Day Banquet and celebration of Christian Way Academy held at the Manchester Community Center in honor of its founder, Pastor James L. Harris, pastor of A House of the Living God COJC.
Dr. Francys Johnson, president of the NAACP in Statesboro, was guest speaker. In his profound message, he compared the accomplishments of the 23 alumni comprising of doctors, lawyers and other professionals who had graduated from their one-room church school (K1-12 grade) with larger schools of its kind. Overall they had excelled, percentagewise and as a live model of black achievement; he challenged them to take their model to the community, keeping M.L King's dream alive, showing that success is possible with unity of purpose, little means and hard work, when God leads.
Wesley B. Jones