March 6, 2008
“The Big House” turned green shortly after the noon hour Saturday.
Close to Nowhere
I met Levi for the first time Saturday. He was exactly one month old and nine pounds by the time we were introduced.
Edinburgh and Memphis have much in common
This week, we will hopefully have had good news about a railway line for the Scottish Borders.
The Scottish Parliament was due to issue a statement about the project in Edinburgh yesterday (Wednesday), so by the time you guys are reading this over your morning cereal, we should know what is to happen.
Letters to the Editor
Thank you Alliance!:
On Feb. 11, my daughter took me to my doctor at Williams Clinic. I was in heart distress and having thyroid problems I didn’t know I had at the time.
Dr. David Pizzimenti immediately sent me to Alliance Hospital. I could have said to take me elsewhere, but at that moment in time I knew another “big city hospital” that had kept me at their emergency room for five and a half hours, ran an ultra-sound on my stomach and that’s it. They gave me morphine and as time passed into months my condition gradually worsened. Stubbornly, I didn’t see my doctor at Williams Clinic. I had become just hopeful I’d get better.
Fortunately, as I said, I arrived Feb. 11 at Williams Clinic, then was transported to Alliance Hospital. The care, compassion and medical care I received was so beyond other hospitals, it seemed surreal. Nurses were never far from my room. In the week I stayed, I wanted or needed for nothing. These nurses could certainly teach the bigger hospitals something that must be unique, compassion.
I will, as well as my family, be forever grateful for the medical care I had. Not one - not one complaint do I have. To Dr. David Pizzimenti, you saved my life. My grandchildren will be forever grateful.
Response to article:
The 28 February issue of the South Reporter carried an article headlined “Report from the MS Senate,” which listed a number of interesting actions taken by our Mississippi Senate. I believe that the citizenry should be at least as interested in what the Senate has failed to do. A number of measures, which I believe to be supported by the majority of Mississippians, have been allowed to die in the Senate’s committees.
Senate Bill 207 would have allowed abortions to be performed only by licensed physicians with malpractice insurance from an insurer authorized to do business in Mississippi. It died in committee.
SB 2074 would have required abortionists to be OB/GYN certified. It died in committee.
SB 2201 would have required abortionists to have staff privileges at licensed Mississippi hospitals. It died in committee.
SB 2297 would have prohibited abortions based on the race or sex of the child. It died in committee.
SB 2200 would have made abortions illegal in Mississippi except in cases of rape or incest, or to save the life of the mother. It died in committee.
Senate Resolution 521 would have called for an amendment to the Mississippi Constitution clearly stating that the State Constitution does not provide a right to abortion. In case the U.S. Supreme Court overrules Roe v. Wade, such an amendment would prevent Mississippi judges from fashioning a right to abortion under the State Constitution. It died in committee.
The House was no better. All of the above measures died in House committees as well. Additionally, the following measures were killed by House Committees: HB 1133 would have required health care workers to report suspected sexual abuse of children. HB 966 would have made it a felony to transport a child under 15 to another state for an abortion. HB 1046 would have required the reporting of any treatment for an emotional disorder resulting from an abortion.
In 1880 the population of the United States was approximately 50 million. South Korea’s population today is approximately 50 million. It is the 24th most populous country in the world. In the years since Roe v. Wade, we have aborted 50 million Americans, enough to create, from scratch, one of the most populous countries on earth. Do we really want to continue this slaughter?
The key to ending abortion in this country is to elect people who will put an end to it. If you are interested in closing down the country’s abortion mills, I urge you to visit the National Right To Life website at www.nrlc.org, to become politically active in the effort to protect our most vulnerable fellow human beings, and to cast your votes accordingly.
Very truly yours,
We played golf one Wednesday; the next Wednesday, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. In 2003, the doctor thought he had SARS - he was hospitalized and placed in quarantine, a chest x-ray revealed “the spot.” The pulmonologist said, “I am almost certain it is nothing to worry about.” The beginning of the roller coaster ride! That infamous following Wednesday we were watching Annika Sorenstein play in her first PGA tournament (amazing what details you can remember), a woman in a man’s world, when the doctor walked in and shut off the TV. “The spot” was malignant; “the spot” was lung cancer. We knew nothing about what course of action to take other than to take the advice of the doctor to have one-third of his infected lung removed. Nothing to worry about. “We got it all.” Three months later “it” had moved to his brain. The roller coaster started moving faster. Radiation did not remove “it,” neither did gamma knife surgery or chemotherapy. When three more “spots” showed up we were told to go home and get our affairs in order.
Thirteen months later the roller coaster stopped and my Ted lost his battle with cancer. After that he lost a sister to lung cancer and two brothers and one sister have been treated for cancer, not to mention my four-page prayer journal with names of survivors and victims of the disease.
Now I have a “spot.” A spot in my heart for the Relay for Life event. Neither the night-long walk nor the luminaries will bring him back, but it will provide a hope for others. I relay for my loss, for my family and others who are fighting the dread disease that ravages innocent bodies, destroys futures and smashes hopes and dreams. The money raised during Relay will educate others on the best course of treatment, provide research, and give hope to families that this race can be won - soon.
P.S. Bonnie’s spot was cancerous. She is now a cancer survivor.
Please take time to remember our local “heroes” who are serving in war zones around the world. If you’d like to add a name to this list, please contact The South Reporter, attn. Linda Jones, P.O. Box 278, Holly Springs, MS 38635; 662-252-4261; or email: firstname.lastname@example.orgJames Marcus Anthony, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
Mark Clark, Army, Iraq
Battle Ewing, Army, Iraq
Lee (Brandon) Hutchens, Marines, Iraq
George Frank Frayser, Army, 3rd tour, Iraq
Charles Fairbairn, Army, Iraq, ’05-06; now in Afghanistan
Jarod Grimes, Army, Iraq
Donnie Kirksey, Marines, Iraq
Kelvin O. Luse, Marines, 2nd tour, Iraq
Matthew McArthur, Marines, Iraq
Michael McClatchy, Army, Iraq
George Merritt, Marines, Iraq
Chad Minor, Air Corps Intelligence, Iraq
Chadwick (Chad) Phillips, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
Deron Randolph, Marines, Iraq
Ben Rogers, Army Ranger, Iraq
John Snow, Army, 2 tours Iraq, now in Afghanistan
Charles (Will) Stanback, National Guard, Iraq
Stephnie Taylor, Air Force, Iraq
Lynwood Turner, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Charles Weathersby, Marines, Iraq
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