Forum: Seeing a double standard
The events of the past few weeks regarding the use of racially offensive language have prompted me to write.
Paula Dean used the so-called “N-word” in her past and due to the prevailing unwritten law of race relations in this country, will be ostracized, fired and generally shunned for breaking this law.
However, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1st) can make reference to a “white boy mentality” with impunity. Can you imagine what would have happened had U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) referred to a “black boy mentality”?
Country Club Hills
If you suffer a traumatic injury in the southern regions of Chicago and Cook County, surviving is a crapshoot. The big question for a trauma patient is, will I survive the ride to the nearest trauma center, Christ Medical Center on 95th Street? Many don’t.
Recently, a person was shot in Calumet City and had to be transported to Christ in Oak Lawn, an example of a trauma-care system that is out of whack.
The individuals or agencies responsible for this state of affairs need to be run out of town. Their short-sighted planning has resulted in hundreds of thousands of citizens being denied prompt, critical medical attention. In trauma cases, a few minutes can mean the difference between life and death.
Some leaders of the regional hospital system need to get together to alleviate this problem. Put themselves in the shoes of persons who have to endure these long trips might prompt some action.
Ned L. McCray
A couple of good bills
The Illinois General Assembly did manage to accomplish a few important things this year, contrary to headlines and popular belief.
For example, it passed House Bill 2166, which will ensure that every Illinois
newborn is screened for potentially deadly heart defects via a fast, cheap and non-invasive test called pulse-oximetry. And the Legislature did this in a bipartisan and bicameral effort.
It also began to take heed of the recent House EMS Task Force Report by passing several bills designed to help put our state’s battered emergency medical services system on a path toward sustainability.
While controversial issues such as pensions understandably get the headlines, unsung bills like these end up saving lives. The legislators and advocates who helped make progress on these critical public health priorities deserve our thanks, as will Gov. Pat Quinn if he signs these important bills into law.
Lynne T. Braun
Illinois Advocacy Committee chairwoman
American Heart Association & American Stroke Association