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Our hospitals shouldn't turn away alcoholics as untretable

To The Daily Sun,

I lost a friend this week to the ravages of alcoholism. I brought her to Concord Hospital E.D. hoping that the hospital could provide the help she desperately needed to combat this disease.I spoke with health care providers at the hospital that day, requesting she be either admitted or transferred to a rehab facility. I was told there was no place for her to go.

I can’t help but wonder how many individuals with such problems they turn away.

Concord Hospital is medically insensitive to someone willingly presenting at the E.D. for help and being told that there was no feasible options for treatment and recovery. This is unacceptable and unconscionable. I know people consider alcoholism different from those suffering from other chronic diseases.
I urge the hospital to initiate a program that effectively treats this disease and give sufferers, their families and friends the support they desperately need. It’s not inconvenient it is imperative.

Elisabeth Strang, CHE


  • Written by Edward Engler
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The A-bombs had to be dropped, but that's no cause for celebration

To The Daily Sun,

I think Mr. Ewing mistook my letter for a condemnation of using atomic bombs to end our war with Japan. Absolutely, it was the right thing to do. What I stated was that there was no need for the Japanese or anyone else to celebrate — his word — their use. With four or five more atomic bombs ready or being prepared, I doubt that any full-scale invasion would have ever happened. War planners at that time were not privy to the knowledge of our full nuclear capacity and so those numbers were always higher than any realistic scenario. The 30 million people he quoted weren't all going to be at risk.

Mr. Ewing also quoted a number of WWII dead as high as 80 million and those are the high end of estimates that include up to a possible 28 million who died from war-related disease or famine. The majority of military deaths (25 million) were suffered by the Russians, followed by Germany, China, and Japan. We should be thankful that Adolph Hitler didn't develop atomic capability or I cannot imagine how things might have turned out.

Mr. Ewing is indeed correct, however, that it is a sign of our exceptionalism as Americans that morality is a principle concern — even in war. We offered surrender when Japan did not. We cared for our prisoners of war when our enemies did not. We cared for civilians when others didn't.

Now if we could only enjoy that same civility and morality in America when we need it the most.

Alan Vervaeke

  • Written by Edward Engler
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