Letters To The Editor 5/11/2019
Hospital week nears
Editor: Working in a hospital means seeing people during their most vulnerable and challenging times — and also at their absolute best.
Our patients experience joy, grief and countless hours of waiting, hoping and praying for loved ones — and we support them through it all. People don’t choose careers in health care because it’s easy work. Hospitals are open 24/7 every day of the year.
Working in a hospital means crazy shifts, giving up holidays and driving through nasty weather. When schools are closed for weather, the hospital stays open. Accidents happen, people get sick, babies arrive unexpectedly, and we’ve got to be ready for them all. People choose to work in hospitals because they care.
During National Hospital Week, which runs from Sunday to May 18, Geisinger thanks all health care professionals and other hospital workers who provide the high-quality, compassionate care we’re known for. Health care is more than a job. It’s a calling and we’re deeply grateful that it called to each member of our exceptional team.
Thank hospital workers for their tireless devotion and outstanding service.
KARLYN PAGLIA, M.D.
GEISINGER WYOMING VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER/GEISINGER SOUTH WILKES-BARRE
SRIKANTH HOSUR, M.D.
GEISINGER COMMUNITY MEDICAL CENTER
Editor: Love, honor and respect are words associated with Mother’s Day.
It’s an emotional day that can be full of joy, but it can also be full of anxiety and pain for some.
What happens if mother-child relationships are dysfunctional, toxic and unhealthy? Sociologists recognize the fragile relationships that are borne of adults unwilling or unable to heal their trauma. Steps are needed for the child’s healthy self-preservation:
■ Set high boundaries. Do not accept unacceptable behaviors. Vocalize what you need.
■ Own your issues. Get professional help, if needed, to cope with a toxic parent.
■ Surround yourself with healthy, positive “mothering” people who support your journey.
It is well-known that parents subconsciously put their unresolved issues on their children, continuing the chain of pain. By becoming stronger, people show their children strong role models for future relationships.
Not every mother-child relationship has a Hallmark card ending. Realistic goals are a key to serenity. By taking care of ourselves and being the mothers that are needed, it clears the way to a peaceful coexistence.
Go to military parade
Editor: I am a Navy and Vietnam veteran.
I hope people in our area come out for the Armed Forces Day Parade at 11 a.m. May 18 to show support for our past, present and future veterans. We are still at war, losing members of the armed forces. We cannot and should not forget them.
I know Santa Claus won’t be there and there won’t be drink specials for the wearing of the green. It’s just a way to honor humble veterans who help keep this amazing country free. I ask for support from people who show they care.
STEPHEN B. LAVELLE
Spur organ donation
Editor: A letter writer recently discussed the lack of organ donors in our state. He went on to say that some people have died while waiting for lifesaving organs.
I believe there is a solution to help alleviate the situation. When we first get driver’s licenses or renew them, the license fee should be waived for people who become organ donors.
This would result in substantially more people being willing to donate organs. The only problem I see is getting the state to give up a pittance of its overall budget to help save the lives of its citizens.
Stay out of bar
Editor: I have been away for a while due to traveling. I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things.
So, I went to a fundraiser for the high school band. I walked up to the bar to greet a few people and saw the same people who were sitting at the bar on a Monday night. Maybe there was something special going on so I could be wrong but, why are couples at a bar on a Monday night? One gentleman yelled across the bar asking how I like the cold weather. I didn’t tell him that I was leaving in a few days for Southern Europe and Africa.
Come on, folks. If you’re taking the spouse out for a date, take her or him to a nice restaurant. Most women I know would love to be treated to a fine dinner with wine and music, not a bar for a beer and a shot.
If you have seen the news lately, you should have noticed that people are dying from airplane crashes, tornadoes, massive flooding and earthquakes. Hundreds were killed in India by Islamic State sympathizers and there is an upswing of attacks in Afghanistan by the Taliban, There is a crisis in Venezuela and North Korea recently fired another rocket. Now we have an outbreak of measles, contaminated food and other health issues.
Life is too short to waste a night out sitting at the bar.
Editor: Thanks for the May 5 Sunday Times article on Koni Bennett, a hairstylist, makeup artist and beauty expert.
She is a small-town girl at heart and a big-town woman in the field of beauty. The fact that she shares her time between Pennsylvania and New York City shows she is a caring person, returning to her hometown to make women of all cultures look and feel beautiful.
She could live full time in New York, but has fond memories of growing up here and I’m sure her many friends and clients are glad she’s here. Congratulations to this young woman for her many accomplishments.
KATHERINE M. GNAT