Hospital merger will bring uncertainty
Comprehensive health care is important for our entire community including for those caring for the dying. The prolonged illness and painful death of loved ones is just so difficult. My personal experience with the deaths of family members — my father, my mother, my mother-in-law and brother-in-law — is why I take the rights of the dying to end their days with as much personal autonomy, peace and dignity as possible very seriously.
There is a merger being negotiated between our community hospital, Ellis Medicine, and Trinity Health. Trinity Health is a large hospital system based in Michigan that has policies that would restrict care. If Ellis Medicine leadership fails to negotiate away from onerous restrictions imposed by Trinity Health — before the agreement is finalized — we all may be severely limited in determining the end-of-life care that our loved ones receive at Ellis in the future.
Trinity’s approach to healthcare will impact doctors’ ability to treat patients in the areas of pain management and withdrawal of care, including feeding tubes, in the final stages of life.
It’s challenging to advocate for the dignity and comfort of a loved one in the hospital. It’s downright heart-wrenching to think of the additional uncertainty Trinity Health will add to that already difficult challenge. Join the SOS rally on Sunday, July 25, to learn about what we can do to ensure ALL care at Ellis Medicine is based on science, compassion and best practices. Learn more at www.schdy.org.
Can road be lowered under train bridge?
I know raising the height of the train tracks on the Glenridge Road bridge is not an option.
What would it take, and is it possible to lower the road underneath the tracks?
GOP offers nothing but lies, resistance
Last November, Americans elected Joe Biden president and saved our country from four more years of the most destructive presidency in our country’s history.
Since then, Democrats have attempted to return governance to our country.
They have introduced bipartisan bills providing covid relief, improved gun safety laws, preserving voters rights, funding infrastructure improvement and a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Can you think of any Republican proposals? Nope.
The battle to save our democracy is far from over. The GOP has refused to back or introduce any legislation. According to the GOP, covid vaccines are a government scam.
Instead, they have continued to back the fantasy that the election was stolen. They have gone down this path because it has given them an excuse to introduce Jim Crow style election laws in 47 states and they have learned that their constituency generously donates money to those who spout these fantasy election claims.
They have adopted the grifter mentality of their cult leader.
It is impossible to reason with the GOP. They use their demand for bipartisan agreement as a stalling tactic. We must eliminate the filibuster, vote the GOP politicians who continue to promote the Big Lie out of office, fight to preserve our right to vote and make sure we never elect a president who would use the military wing of his party to attack our Capitol Police and our Capitol building. It is our only way to save our democracy.
Biden proves old opportunity adage
I remember when we were in school, our teachers used to tell us that “in America anyone can grow up and become president.“
A perfect example of anyone would be our current president, Joe Biden.
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