To The Daily Sun,
I am sending this letter to The Laconia Daily Sun because I will never buy a Laconia Citizen again after reading their paper today (Thursday) about the tragic death of a local physician.
This morning, the Laconia Citizen did two useful things. First, the article on the front page made me feel something other than sorrow; it filled me with a clean, bright anger. Second, and most appropriately, I used it to start my wood stove, only because I have enough toilet paper in the house.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I am an emergency registered nurse and a nurse practitioner student about to graduate. I am writing this letter in order to explain my working diagnosis of a terminal illness in your newspaper: malice.
Krista Marrs, news editor, your running the story about Dr. Andrew Kane on the front and second pages, directly next to his obituary, was insensitive at best. Bea Lewis expounding on the details was sensationalist, unnecessary and cruel — more fitting to a tabloid than a community newspaper. Rather than illustrating the countless amazing qualities of a physician who dedicated his life to the health and welfare of this community, you drivel on about a solitary legal case dismissed years ago. He was a man who practiced excellent medicine, often throughout the wee hours of the night, saving lives and curing ills while you and your reporter drooled on your pillows. If he didn't take care of either of you, I guarantee he took care of someone you knew. How dare you diminish the good this man did in his too-short life by focusing on the end?
Drew Kane adored his family and spoke of them constantly. He was gentle and generous; quick with dark chocolate or an encouraging word. He was energetic and empathetic, smart and unassuming. He was an outstanding friend and mentor to nursing and EMS alike, and never had an unkind word to say about anyone.
Trust me; no one will ever say these things about either of you.
The story was not only poorly written, it was pathologically unkind. Bea Lewis shows a remarkable lack of humanity and empathy. In the medical world, this is considered a psychological disorder requiring medication and therapy. I strongly suggest that Krista and Bea seek immediate treatment for this disturbing malady.
Know that if you do, the staff at LRGHealthcare will treat you both like everyone else, and like Dr. Kane would have: with kindness, respect and discretion.
Unlike you, they are dedicated professionals who care for the people of the community individually and as a whole.
I would also recommend that your newspaper hire a new editor who is immunized against the type of petty malice that harms the community you are supposed to serve.
Carolyn Brown, RN CEN SNP
Last Updated on Saturday, 26 October 2013 12:27
To The Daily Sun,
I believe that the problems that have been identified with the Obamacare system roll out is just the tip of the iceberg. All the problems they've experienced have to do with nothing more than the data entry front end of the system. Just wait until they get into actually using the system e.g. the reimbursement system, the billing system, the collection system, interface with a myriad of other government systems, the fraud alert system, the actual medical care system, the doctor enrollment system, the insurance company compliance system, the subsidiary disbursement system, etc.
As Al Jolson used to say "folks you ain't seen nothing yet".
Last Updated on Saturday, 26 October 2013 12:22
To The Daily Sun,
I am quoting below from a letter that my best friend e-mailed to her son who is a Merchant Marine and is now working on a tanker in the Pacific Ocean. Now we all know that the ocean does not have "leaves" and she wants him to remember what Fall is all about.
"Sweetie this is just about the extremely great fall N.H. has ever had . . . the month of October has been hot, warm with a gentle breeze, so that our leaves on our trees stayed for a long time without falling fast. . . the rain and wind usually brings them down.
I took a ride around out town, North Conway, and south to Karass and no matter where you looked the trees were warm with brilliant colors of yellow, orange, red, mixed in with our green pines. The mountains were breathtaking looked like a quilt with all the colors of our life we live and see. It is like the tree's branches were reaching out to hold you in there arms to warm you before the long winter.
The road on the neck was so beautiful. . . you could close your eyes and picture this . . . trees with their painted colors are hanging over our road with the bright sunlight and warmth. . . a few crispy leaves on the side of the road when you drive by and hear them rustle. . . remember that sound. . . I just thank God for its glory, I love the season's of different colors and wait for the first snow of white and the crisp clean smell. I know you always say it's sad when fall comes but I don't look at it that way at all because Mother Nature knows life changes with a new season to refresh out lives and we go on and look forward to the next day, week, month so don't count the days, MAKE THEM COUNT. Find something in each day that counted in your life; it could be a small prayer. . . to helping out someone. . . or just reflecting the day you woke up too. Stop for a minute and smell the air.
Now I'm going to reflect back for a second your Mom does that as she gets old. . . you may not remember but grandpa used to sit in his rocking chair near the window and say this poem to you and Kara on his lap come the fall weather: 'Come little leave said the wind one day, come over the meadow and play with me. Put on you dresses of red and gold the summer is gone and the days grow cold' . . . and I looked this up one time on the Internet and it is a real poem with more words to it because I thought he made it up. He was quite the guy to reach out to teach you both things he learned in life .
So I'm rambling and I know you are getting bored with reading this. . . so have a safe trip up and back I'll write again but not this boring. . . I wrote this because the rain is coming and the leaves will be gone and our winter will be right behind us.
All my love to you, your Mum. XXXOOO"
This letter should brighten up your letter section instead of what people are writing now. All complaints that really cannot be resolved.
Happy Halloween and enjoy the beautiful fall leaves while they last because we all know what is around the corner!.
Barbara J. Perry
Last Updated on Saturday, 26 October 2013 12:20
To The Daily Sun,
I noticed your headline on one of the letters today (October 24th) where you listed Barry Sanders as a possible president. Someone had the wrong contact sport (football) on their mind when doing the headlines.
Although... it is an interesting concept. If Barry Sanders was president we would see a lot of brilliant footwork and change of direction behind the line, followed either by a 1 or 2 yard loss, or by a burst leading to a 60 yard gain. However, he would end up retiring/resigning from the presidency early, when a goal obtained by no one else was in sight.
(Editor's note: The correct reference would have been to U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Barry Sanders is a Hall of Fame running back for the Detroit Lions.)
Last Updated on Saturday, 26 October 2013 12:16
To The Daily Sun,
Once again, Mr. Meade feels compelled to jump into the fray. And, as is often the case, he "paraphrases" something I said into something that I didn't say. We're all aware of deception, lies, spinning the truth, etc., but Meade uses "paraphrasing". It seems in "paraphrasing" you don't have to report an accurate account of what was said — you only have to narrate whatever information serves your argument, no matter how blatantly misleading.
In a recent letter, I voiced my disgust with Congress for using veterans as "pawns" in their game of political chess; after 27 years of military service, I would hope, that even Mr. Meade would agree, that I have earned that right. In referencing veterans it was quite obvious that I was referring to them as a group. In doing so, I made reference to a letter by Mr. Bob Jones, a local veteran. In his inevitable way, Meade makes the great leap and accuses me of "referring to him (Jones) as a 'pawn'." This was never said nor was it ever implied in my letter.
I would also point out, that Jones submitted a letter soon after mine, in which he referenced the "Million Veteran March" and cited his displeasure with "two nationally-known figures who spoke of veterans not being used as 'pawns' were the ones who most often use veterans as 'pawns' ..."
From the bio of Mr. Jones that Meade included in his letter, I learned that Jones was a Navy corpsman serving with the Marines in Viet Nam. As a Marine serving in the I Corps area of Nam, I can tell you that we had the greatest respect for "our" corpsman. We treated "our" corpsman as demigods because we realized that our lives depended on their knowledge, skill, and courage — as exemplified by Mr. Jones. Depending on his time "in country", we may have shared a foxhole at some point.
I in no way mean to discredit or disrespect the accomplishments of Mr. Jones, but in recent years, it has come into vogue to refer to all our veterans as "heroes". Veterans have a relationship that is unique and treasured, but I want to assure you that most vets do not see themselves as "heroes." We were and are, young men and women fulfilling our oath to serve and defend our country. During our terms of service we made sacrifices to honor our commitments to this nation and stood firm to protect its ideals.
Mr. Jones and I share similar views when it comes to encouraging veterans, no matter what their political persuasion, to research their representatives and determine who is just "talking the talk", and who is actually "walking the walk."
L. J. Siden
Last Updated on Saturday, 26 October 2013 01:19