Letters to the editor, Jan. 25
TBO.comGiving a false perception
Published: January 25, 2012
Published: January 25, 2012
Being this is the United States of America and we all have free speech, picketing is ones right to express oneself. I find it offensive when someone dresses as a medical professional and stands on the side of the road picketing for something that has nothing to do with being a physician, nurse, radiology tech or lab tech.
I am a registered nurse and proud of it. I work with an awesome group of professionals that act as such. If you, as union iron and steel workers, are picketing Oak Hill Hospital because they are not using union workers, that is your choice, donning a lab coat and looking like a medical professional is not your right.
I have seen this when I was leaving the facility the other day, and it is appalling. You want to protest, wear your own uniform or work clothes. Do you have to wear that of a medical professional to get attention? If that is so, then your plight is a sad one.
As I said before, you have the right to picket and protest, as that is what this county is about, freedom of speech. It does not give you the right to portray yourself as something you are not.
I will continue to explain this to my patients and let them know that this in no way affects their medical care from those that work at Oak Hill Hospital.
Paul for president
The media and press seem to avoid Ron Paul, candidate for president.
Ron Paul isn't perfect but his voting record as a member of Congress shows he stands up for our Constitution and Bill of Rights.
His platform is more in favor of following our Constitution than the other candidates. You don't hear them talking about securing our borders, bringing all our troops home out of harm's way, or auditing the Federal Reserve and abolishing the act.
I don't hear these other candidates talk about raising the tariff on foreign imports, mainly Chinese, so our USA-made products can compete with foreign ones.
Ron Paul is for putting America and its people first in foreign political decisions. He is for using all our resources instead of depending on foreign nations such as fuel energy. My wife and I support Ron Paul for President.
Much to do about nothing
How soon has President Obama conveniently forgotten the history of our past dealings with Islamic terrorists with their brutal acts, killings and torture?
Has he forgotten about the bodies of the two Marines who were dragged through the streets of Somalia and then hung from a bridge for public display?
Has he forgotten how Hezbollah in Lebanon blew up the barracks of U. S. Marines killing hundreds of Marines who where there on a United Nations peace keeping mission?
Has he forgotten how Hezbollah kidnapped U.S. officials and citizens and held them for 3 or 4 years torturing them and then using them as a political pawn?
Has he forgotten how Al Qaeda cut off the heads of U.S. news reporters for no reason?
Has he forgotten about the cruel and brutal acts of the Taliban against our troops and its own people?
Has he forgotten about the killings of thousands of innocent people from the Sept. 11 affair?
In addition to the above, there are hundreds of incidents of brutal acts, tortures and killings.
The reason that Obama is making such a fuss over the incidents of the four Marines is that he thinks he is going to make a peace deal with the Taliban. He does not realize that you can't make a deal with the devil.
Obama has forgotten about the peace deal we made with North Vietnam which was broken right after we removed our troops from South Vietnam.
Obama has not forgotten he just does not care.
A history of communication
The speed with which we communicate today really baffles me. Everything has to happen right now. Some news worthy event happens half-way around the world and we know about it within seconds.
Thanks to the proliferation of the call phone we can pretty much reach anyone whenever we want. Texting, instant messages, email on our cell phones, we can't communicate fast enough.
And now we have the iPhone. We don't even have to put fingers to the screen to send a text. Merely speak the message and whom it's meant for into the phone and it will be sent.
It makes me a little nostalgic for a different time. There was a time when we moved at a slower pace when we didn't expect an immediate response to every communication.
I find it fascinating to look back from where we came. It gives everything perspective. To that end I have compiled a list of my favorite outmoded means of communication. Come walk down memory lane with me.
Remember the carrier pigeon. Can you picture a bird with a satchel strapped across its chest transporting a message across this land? It just seems so archaic, so last century.
Then there's the telegraph. In its day it revolutionized communication, displacing the Pony Express.
Next is the telex or teletype. The teleprinter was the first mode of texting. It worked as long as you could read a long narrow printout with a series of holes on each side. I remember using it in the office of the U.S. Maritime commission in 1943, my first job.
Then the fax machine. You run your document through but are never really sure it makes it to its destination, but it was a major advancement into the world of immediacy.
The U.S. Mail. I hate to sound the death toll for the old United State Postal Service, but let's face it very few of us communicate through the mail any more.
When one gets a handwritten letter, however, it's actually a bit of a thrill. Growing up we knew what time the mailman came and we would run down to check our mailbox. Good things came in the mail, letters from pen pals, new issues of magazines, albums ordered from Columbia Record Club.
Next is the telephone. To go in my life from a fixed-to-the-wall, rotary dial phone with a party line to a cordless land line is the most miraculous of technological advances.
The newspaper. Television and the computer have reduced readership, but as an 86 year old retiree I enjoy reading the newspaper every morning during breakfast. The tremendous amount of news in the paper significantly outweighs what we get on the television or the computer.
While I was writing this letter new advances in communication are being discovered. The iPad and the witches that follow – mind boggling to say the least. I'll leave it to my grandchildren and the younger folks to wrestle with them. I think I'll turn on the TV.