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When a disease is a killer, finding a cure is all that matters

When a disease is a killer, finding a cure is all that matters

*When a disease is a killer, finding a cure is all that matters *Debate style not as important as su

When a disease is a killer, finding a cure is all that matters

My most memorable patient had cancer. During her husband’s nightly visits, “Eileen” put on her best smile, assured him she was feeling stronger and getting better. Once he left, she fell back against her pillows, exhausted from the energy she’d used to "put her best face forward."

She came to share with me her emotional and physical concerns, as well as the severity of her pain. Despite all she was experiencing, she believed it was worthwhile. She was being given a new treatment, IV chemotherapy. “I know I’m dying but if I have helped one person in their cancer battle, I have done my job.”

Fast-forward 50 years. This week I will be with my daughter as she begins her chemotherapy. She has many of the same worries that “Eileen” shared with me. So to Peter Frank’s Oct. 13 letter, “How about equal time and money for prostate cancer?” my reply is this: Susan Komen didn’t ask why. She acted and started the most successful cancer awareness program to date. Cancer research doesn’t focus on a gender-specific cancer, it helps all of us.

To Daniel T. Weaver’s Oct. 14 Viewpoint, “Breast cancer awareness overshadows others that need cures,” I can only say none of these women could care about the loss of a body part, much less their breasts. All they care about is getting qualified, effective and compassionate treatment so they can move on with their lives.

Perhaps Mr. Frank and Mr. Weaver could follow the example of Susan Komen and begin a foundation for their cancer concerns.

Frances Underhill


The writer is a registered nurse.

Debate style not as important as substance

In the wake of the Oct. 11 vice-presidential debate, we are now besieged with discussions of Joe Biden’s teeth and grin. Did he smile too much and too broadly? Was he too cavalier and smirk at his debate opponent, Rep. Paul Ryan?

A week earlier, debate observers chided President Obama for being too reserved, looking bored and not fully engaged with Mitt Romney.

I trust that at some point, the media will take the time to focus on substance rather than style, and provide citizens with a meaningful measure by which we can decide who will lead the United States in an increasingly complex and challenging world — a world in which substance has real capital.

Denis Brennan


Romney, Ryan top the competition on issues

One man was mature, comfortable, dominant. The other man appeared young, earnest, respectful. But the older man verbally interrupted the other man 76 times, whereas the younger man showed respect for the other, interrupting fewer than 10 times.

I visualized each of them having a discussion with one of our world leaders. There was no doubt in my mind who would be the better communicator and negotiator.

There were no surprises on the economy: Each man promised to improve it. But I compare the small degree of success the Democratic administration has demonstrated in the past four years with the spectacular success Romney demonstrated as governor of Massachusetts. In a state that is 75 percent Democrat, Romney obviously knew how to “cross the aisle” and get things done.

The single most important problem we have as a country is inflation. The dollar I saved in 1950 for my retirement in 2000 is now worth only 10 cents due to the government’s ability to print money at will. In the future, inflation will only get worse, since it is the easiest way for government to pay off its ever-growing debt. It constitutes an enormous hidden tax on middle-income people, especially on those who have saved earnestly and are no longer working.

The important issues in this election are: 1) controlling inflation-causing debt; 2) putting the national interest above that of either party; and 3) setting a foreign policy that clearly understands friends and enemies of the United States.

The candidates that best personify these goals will get my vote.

Theodore Mihran


Writer was right about moralizing music teacher

Assuming Hayden Labelle’s Oct. 8 commentary on Schalmont music teacher Sean Lowery is correct, Dorothy Murray’s Oct. 15 letter offers an opinion that I, and all taxpayers, should take issue with.

Mr. Lowery is paid to teach music. Therefore any time spent teaching any subject other than music would likely amount to taking a salary fraudulently.

If morality scenarios need presenting, there are proper places to do so, and a music class is not that place.

Dennis McClune


Say it ain’t so, Carl! ‘View’ will be missed

It is difficult for me to believe that Carl Strock will no longer be around to write his “View From Here” that the people really enjoyed.

Yes, even though Carl and I did not always agree on a few legislative issues, and he would verbally beat me up, we have remained friends.

Yes, I’m sure Carl has vexed a few people throughout the 25 years he wrote his column, but I believe, too, these people never held a personal grudge against Carl. Why? Because each of them, along with me, realized that Carl’s viewpoints were part of his job as a columnist, and not geared to hurt any of us.

I do want Carl to know that I have truly enjoyed reading his column. I also want Carl to know that I have about 11 very important people-oriented issues that I have been pursuing for years. However, local legislators have ignored taking actions. On behalf of the people — their bosses — I would love to have Carl contribute whatever retirement time that he has to help me put the heat on our local city/county legislators.

I hope and pray that even though Carl has retired, he will stay involved with something that will keep his mind and body busy. Also, that he and his wife will enjoy each day of his retirement in a healthy, happy way.

God bless you, Carl, for the great job that you did as a very informative, interesting and productive columnist for over 25 years. You and your column will be missed.

Frank J. Duci


The writer is the former mayor.

* Very disheartened to learn that Carl Strock will no longer be writing his column, which I have been reading faithfully and attentively for 20 years.

Though the Gazette has many fine writers appearing in its pages, the fearlessness demonstrated consistently by Mr. Strock — casting light into the dark corners of hypocrisy and duplicity in politics, religion and society — will be sorely missed and is, perhaps, impossible to replace in this age of “political correctness.”

Here’s to you, Carl Strock!

Tom Tolnay


* I will miss Carl Strock.

He brought a lot to the table — at least this kitchen table — each Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Kudos!

Peg Lapo


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