About Dr. Hamilton
To the Editor: It is with greatest sadness to be writing this on the 30th anniversary of the practice of Kyle Hamilton, M.D. Thank you, Corsicana and the surrounding areas for allowing him to provide quality patient care, his primary goal.
Yes, he did close his practice, but he planned on working up to 90 days as this is the amount of time his resignation required. He wanted to provide his patients with quality care, refills, and transition time so patients could locate a new physician.
However, the hospital CEO decided Dr. Hamilton would not return after his resignation. Dr. Hamilton is quite concerned about his patients with this situation and any distress or inconvenience caused by this decision.
Thank you for the treasured relationships formed with him and me over the last almost 30 years.
Boy Scout decision
To the Editor: On July 17, the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed their long-standing policy of excluding boys engaging in homosexual behavior. Yet, the organization’s honorary president, Barack Obama, and liberal groups disagree with their decision, as evidenced by articles published in the Aug. 9 and Aug. 11 Corsicana Daily Sun.
As an Eagle Scout myself, the purpose of scouting is more than hiking and camping, but to develop boys into responsible men and American citizens. The Scout Oath pledges “to do my duty to God and my country,” and to keep oneself “morally straight.” The Scout Law concludes that a scout is “reverent.”
Scouting is international, open to all religious faiths — Christianity, Mormonism, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam — where all agree homosexuality is a choice of unacceptable moral behavior. Following one’s conscience, to distinguish right and wrong, is woven throughout the scouting program.
Due to dozens of cases of child sexual abuse from the 1960’s to the 1980’s, the Boy Scouts banned homosexual scout leaders from serving since the late 1990’s (a decision upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000). According to Bob Mazzuca, chief scout executive of the Boy Scouts, parents were behind the movement to keep the policy.
Most people do not realize that nearly 70 percent of all Scout troops are chartered and are supported by faith-based organizations. The Boy Scouts of America should have the freedom to create a membership criteria that represents their values, in the best interest of kids’ safety and parents’ rights.
Steven L. Jessup
About Dr. Hamilton
Memorial Day thoughts
Next Monday we will fly our flag outside our house to honor Memorial Day. It is a tradition my wife brought into our marriage from her father who served in the Pacific during World War II.
I am so cynical
Cynical: “...believing that people are motivated in all their actions only by selfishness; denying the sincerity of people’s motives and actions, or the value of living...sarcastic, sneering, etc...pessimistic implies an attitude, often habitual, of expecting the worst to happen...”
Dumb people in the news
In the news this week was an on-line press release from the Department of Environmental Protection for the state of Pennsylvania that they’ve lost a nuclear device off the back of a truck somewhere between Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Troxler Model 3430 is a radioactive gauge that takes measurements in the ground. The press release from the DEP states that anyone finding the box should not “tamper” with it.
Editorial: Seizure of AP phone records insult to independent press
Distrust of government secrecy has been elevated to an exceptional level with the disclosure the Justice Department covertly examined two months of Associated Press phone records to determine who leaked details to the AP about a foiled terrorist plot.
This amounts to spying on an American news organization — common practice in dictatorships but scary conduct in a democratic system that prizes the public value of an independent watchdog press.
Flying the “Delta Connector”
I had an unfortunate fall earlier this week and wrecked my back to the point where I cannot spend much time sitting up at my desk to write. Therefore, I am recycling a piece I wrote many years ago about our first trip from Corsicana back to Denver.
It's my job
A couple of weeks ago, some chowderheads released a study saying that the worst job in America is that of newspaper reporters because of the low pay, long, odd hours and stress.
Number two on the list was lumberjack, which makes sense because trees kill.
Message from the Mayor: Safety first
The tragic incident that recently occurred in West serves as a stark reminder that disasters can occur at any time or place.
Angels among us
The winds have dispersed the mushroom cloud that hovered over the small town of West. The dust has settled. The President of the United States, the Governor of Texas and other dignitaries have come to join in the memorial for those who lost their lives.
Missing the fun
Sad to say, in the 11 years The Little Woman (don’t call me that!) and I lived in Navarro County, we never attended the annual Derrick Days festivities. We followed all the events in the Daily Sun, but we never schlepped into town to “walk amongst em.” I guess, if I were to be honest with myself, I am the reason we never went.
Need a job? Leave the cat at home
The USA Today has printed an article this past week of advice to newly minted college graduates on how to get a job which basically boiled down to “don’t be stupid.”
This is excellent advice for any situation, but particularly that crucial job interview.
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