Letters to the Editor

Buy American; help ensure jobs, benefits
Last year my family and I were playing a game of “Taboo” (for those not familiar, one must get their team to say the word on their card without using the five “taboo” words listed).
My then 5-year-old was taking her turn and said, “Ummm, it’s where all our stuff is made.” Ah, from the mouths of babes. The answer, of course, was China, and I’ve been on a one-woman mission since then to try and change that. At the beginning of this season of shopping, I thought it an appropriate time to share my ideas.
I am not an expert in economics or international business, but it just seems logical that it would be better for the U.S. economy if Americans purchased more products made in America.
Not only does this apply to gift-giving, but to our everyday shopping. Most of us are in a rush or distracted by our children or the conversation we’re having on our cell phones as we grab a new toothbrush off the peg at the store. But if we took just a moment, once, to ensure that that brand was made in our country we’d know the next time which one to pick. This would increase production at American factories and ensure precious American jobs – and most likely health benefits for those families. This would also decrease the amount of fuel used to bring shiploads of products from China.
Many communities in the past few years have watched as local factories close and either the company goes out of business or moves its production to Mexico or China. We should reward the companies who choose to stay with our business. I’m not saying we should buy inferior products just because they are made here. I’m pretty sure, however, that Americans are perfectly capable of making a toothbrush and many other great and often superior products.
Christmas shopping is a great time to begin taking notice of that important label.
We may have to be a little more creative. But, it’s important. Give Americans the gift of jobs this Christmas.
Karen Wade
Tupelo

Sanctuary Hospice provided sensitivity
My 96-year-old Daddy was recently diagnosed with (Glioblastoma) an inoperable brain tumor. The doctor informed us that the tumor was very aggressive and in the advanced stage of growth.
He said that Daddy would probably only have a couple of weeks to live. Stunned by the prognosis our next question was where could Daddy receive the best 24-hour care and comfort during his last days. The doctor recommended Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. We had already heard about the wonderful attention that patients receive at this facility from a sister-in-law who’s father had just passed away.
Upon arrival we were greeted at the car by a nurse who carefully helped us get Daddy in the wheel chair and into his room. We were immediately enveloped with a feeling of love and peace that radiated from the nurses. The entire staff was wonderful from top to bottom, nurses, aides, administration staff, social workers, cooks, volunteers, etc. These people are truly “Angels on Earth,” we’re just unable to see their wings.
As the next few days passed, my family continued to be uplifted by all of the personnel at Sanctuary. They were so helpful through the dying process, eager to share their knowledge gained from years of experience, and oftentimes they just listened and offered a shoulder to cry on. As Daddy’s health declined the staff was there 100 percent of the time. They made sure that Daddy got everything he needed or wanted, even down to his favorite meal of fried salmon patties.
When the final hour of his life arrived, a nurse and I were with him. He passed away very peacefully with dignity and honor. As I shed tears these earthly angels comforted me and allowed God’s angels to take over and usher Daddy into heaven. My family and I want to thank everyone involved for the excellent care Sanctuary Hospice House provided to Daddy. I will continue to pray that God will provide the strength, patience, care, and unconditional love that they give patients and their families during these difficult times in their lives.
Mary Jane Buse & family
Cherokee, Ala.

Dr. Thompson praised for fighting the battles
When we think of warriors, we often equate them with soldiers and battles being fought in defense of their country. But there are also warriors who fight in their own communities and states for the basic needs and dignity of others.
Dr. Ed Thompson was a Mississippi warrior in the fight for this state’s public health.
Service in public health is more of a disease than a vocational calling. Once exposed, no other job will satisfy and no other work seems as vital. Dr. Thompson set me on this path over 20 years ago. The lessons I learned from him have well served me and those I strive to serve.
He taught me the best illnesses are the ones we prevent. That health education, vaccines or medicine are useless until they are in the hands of people. That ignorance and intolerance are more dangerous diseases than any caused by viruses or germs. And most importantly, that in order to achieve public health, you must often be willing to leave your medical sanctuary and take health to the public.
The last 10 years of my career have been spent with the American Cancer Society. My colleagues and I are saddened to see colon cancer take another life. But we also want to celebrate the brilliance, the leadership, the vision, and the passion of a man we have spent many hours with in the trenches in the battle against cancer. Ed Thompson was a great man, not because he always won his battles … but because he always chose to fight them.
Letitia Thompson
Senior Director Employer and Systems Initiative
Mid-South Division, Inc.
American Cancer Society
Jackson

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