To the editor:
When President Harry Truman retired from office, he returned to his very modest home in Independence, Mo., and “carried our bags up to the attic.” His income was substantially a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an “allowance” and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year. By Missouri standards, he “wasn’t cutting a fat hog.”
When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, “You don’t want me. You want the office of the president, and that doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it’s not for sale.” Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, “I don’t consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise.”
We now see that the Clintons have found a new level of success in cashing in on the presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale.
Was good old Harry Truman correct when he observed, “My choice early in life was either to be a piano player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference.” I, for one, believe the piano player job to be much more honorable than current politicians.
To the editor:
The headline on Jane Ann Morrison’s March 29 column (“Bringing doctors, osteopaths under one board would improve the process”) gave me pause — not for the content of the article, but for the headline itself, which carried the grievously wrong assertion that osteopaths are somehow not physicians.
Osteopathic doctors (D.O.’s) and allopathic doctors (M.D.’s) are both licensed physicians who have been through the same essential education process of classroom training in the basic sciences, clinical rotations and residencies. They are equally equipped to specialize in any area of medicine — from pediatrics to orthopedics to cardiac surgery. Students of osteopathic medicine are additionally trained in osteopathic manipulative medicine, stemming from a philosophy that stresses the body’s ability to heal itself, and the link between skeletal and muscular systems and overall wellness. Osteopaths and allopaths are both doctors — just as Democrats and Republicans are both political parties. Their philosophies differ.
The lines between osteopathic and allopathic training have become increasingly blurred as the value of wellness and prevention programs have been proven. D.O.’s can be found in allopathic residency programs (I went through allopathic training myself, as a rheumatologist), and in many states today D.O.’s and M.D.’s practice in equal numbers. Many prominent Nevada physicians are D.O.’s, from Lawrence Sands, chief health officer for the Southern Nevada Health District, and Dale Carrison, chairman of Emergency Medicine for University Medical Center, to state Sen. Joe Heck, who is currently serving in Iraq. At Touro University Nevada, we are about to graduate the largest medical school class in Nevada’s history, with many of our students set for in-state residencies, both osteopathic and allopathic.
I would like to applaud Ms. Morrison for addressing in her columns the devastating impact the current endoscopy clinic crisis is having on public trust with the health care community as a whole. But it is important to recognize that we are a community — and that only with the cooperation and partnership of the full spectrum of health care professionals, and both public and private agencies, will we begin to effectively address the needs of our growing state.
MITCHELL FORMAN, D.O.
THE WRITER IS DEAN AND PROFESSOR OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE AT TOURO UNIVERSITY NEVADA IN HENDERSON.
Show them the money
To the editor:
The recent article “Hispanics returning home” proves that illegal immigrants come here just for the money. If the money is better at home, they will leave America.
Forget all the politicians’ talk about how “they are seeking a better life for their kids,” or “they are here to pursue the American dream.” These are slogans manufactured by politicians looking for future party members and votes. Illegals have no allegiance to America (remember the Mexican flags flown during rallies in Los Angeles and elsewhere?) Their only allegiance is to the almighty dollar, as long as the dollar is strong.
So let us forget the phony slogans and establish a special temporary work permit with no allowance for family members.