Our time is now.
It is time for us to put aside our differences and delineations, come together as one body, demand a higher standard of performance of our leaders and ourselves, and create solutions that will manifest a positive outcome for the present and future generations.
We must focus on what CAN and MUST be done to improve our communities, our schools, our hospitals, our roads and levies, our boarders, our prisons, our government, and how we conduct our own affairs privately and publicly. By uniting together, having the courage to address and resolve the necessary changes that must be made, putting aside our differences and welcoming the solutions to the issues and challenges we face,
WE WILL ACCOMPLISH OUR GOALS. Failure is NOT an option. Our success is greatly dependent on staying focused, learning from our mistakes, and rising above all fears as we approach the finish line. This is a race for our humanity, a race for freedom, a race for our survival and a legacy for our future.
Commentary and Tribute to a Special Lady
Rev. Shirley "Starr" Wilson, born March 30, 1927 in Queens, New York, and beloved mother of three, Charel Winston, Rob Hansell, and Chris Hansell, has spent her life ministering to others as a former nurse and minister of faith. In her final hours, surrounded by her loved ones, in the comfort of her home in San Jose, California, Rev. Starr Wilson is remembered for the many blessings she bestowed to others and for her testament of strength in overcoming life's many challenges. We are with her in thought and prayer and send her our profound love in her transition of life.
Less than three weeks ago, Rev. Wilson was admitted into Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, California. Throughout her stay her daughter attempted to advocate on her behalf and was told by hospital staff, "You do NOT have power of attorney (POA) and as such we are advised NOT to speak to you!" Despite her daughter's prior authority to advocate for her mother, the hospital chose to ignore her pleadings to intervene on her mother's behalf, while continuing to administer her care on the basis of hospital regulation and authority. Needless to say, this was devastating to Rev. Wilson's daughter, who was not only prevented from helping her mother, but was also banned from any communications with the hospital, until (without any warning) Good Samaritan prepared Rev. Wilson for her discharge saying, "We're sending her home to die." On March 15, 2014 Rev. Starr Wilson was released from Good Samaritan Hospital to return to her home under the care of hospice providers and her family with over 40 prescription drugs and a "bag of comfort meds to help in the dying process."
Her story is not unlike countless others, where hospitals and healthcare facilities, dominate the life and care of a person, too often to the detriment of the patient under the guise of "WE are the professionals and WE know what's best for the patient." Too many mistaken judgments are made with serious detrimental consequence, sometimes fatal, due to the arrogant presumption that healthcare providers "know what's best for the patient" and have limited tolerance for familial intervention, regardless of qualification or personal knowledge of the patient's medical history. Too often this arrogance to dictate the life and care of a patient is reflected in an abusive and condescending manner by the healthcare facility towards the patient's family, whose only interest is to ensure the optimal and safe care of their family member.
How many more patients, many of them seniors with severe ailments, including dementia, will be sent home to die? To what extent will our healthcare facilities presume to "know what's best for the patient" to the point of incompetence and lack of compassion towards the patient and the patient's family, before we say "ENOUGH?" Our system of healthcare in California and throughout the country has risen to a level of disgrace and lack of accountability. Until the objective of our healthcare system ceases to be primarily for financial gain and is restored to a humane approach of care giving, we will continue to witness and be subjected to a system that clearly has lost site of its intended purpose to treat and care for those in need of medical attention with compassion, good sensibility, and civility to all.
We have become a society that would rather medicate, to the satisfaction of pharmaceutical companies and their drug dispensaries, and limit the lifespan of seniors, the terminally ill, and the severely disabled to reduce the cost of care, rather than address the causes of our malaise or dis-ease to an optimal state of wellness, good health, and extended life.
On Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 9:30 pm, Rev. Starr Wilson took her last breath.
Rev. Starr Wilson, we thank you from the depth of our hearts for the life you have shared with us and for the lessons we have learned as a result of your courage and your strength of will and determination.
Sleep well, dearest Starr, for you are home.
Alma Marie Winston, beloved daughter-in-law
March 27, 2014
Commentary by a "concerned citizen" on Obamacare:
The letter "Attacks on Obamacare are political theater" is a sophomoric, simplistic view of a complicated draconian law being forced on all Americans at the point of a gun. Socialized healthcare has failed wherever it's been tried. Obamacare-like "Death Panels" are already emptying out hospital beds in the United Kingdom.
According to one report last year the UK's National Health Service (NHS) euthanized 130,000 expendable senior citizens and severely disabled. Its benignly named "Care Pathways" kill almost 360 people every day. The Nazi T-4 healthcare plan euthanized as many, minus the "Final Solution" found in the concentration camps.Now it's Obamcare's turn to euthanize undesirables.
The Supreme Court gave Barack Obama the right to start his own extermination program. Anybody who needs "a little bit too much care" will get put on Obama's list. If you were born before Jan. 1, 1953 he has put a target on your back. You had better not get sick and you had better pray someone derails Obamacare's euthanasia train before a "Death Panel" gavel comes down on your life. When Obama's verdict is death for you there can be no appeal - that's in the bill.
This system needs your death to appear to work. That is the reality of the Supreme Court's ruling - make believe that's not a clear and present danger and you are fooling yourself. It's that simple and that serious. Government programs never cost near what the liars in Washington tell us they will. Simple observation tells us Obamacare is a giant Ponzi scheme. Under Obamacare, you will become a number and government bureaucrats will kill off "numbers" to make their program seem to work. They will ration care and kill off the old (60-plus), and the mentally and the physically challenged.
Democrats rightly claim the phrase "Death Panels" does not appear in Obamacare's 2,000 plus pages, but why should it? They don't want us to recognize what they are really up to; Marxist-liberals never do. Saying Obamacare has no "Death Panels" because those two words aren't in the bill is a cynical lie. The Nazis never sent Jews to "extermination camps" or gas chambers; they sent them to "Work camps and showers." Marxist-liberal Paul Krugman got it right when he slipped and said, "Some years down the pike, we're going to get the real solution, which is going to be a combination of death panels and sales taxes...."
Obamacare is early death wrapped in government double-speak disguised to keep us from understanding the truth. Some years down the pike, we're going to get the truth. That truth is that to the Marxists and Fascists in government we're all just numbers they will spend their careers trying to find ways to reduce. If you want your government to murder you and your family, vote for Obama and his murderers again.
by Bruce Eden
Commentary on California governmental office's professional mis-conduct:
Yesterday, I called an office of the State to make an inquiry. The representative with whom I spoke immediately called me, "Alma" as though we knew each other. Throughout the conversation, the young lady continued to address me in a manner that was discourteous and condescending. My spouse, Charel Winston, was conferenced into the conversation as the matter pertained to both of us. The representative continued to be uncooperative and disregarded our marital relationship as a point of reference to the nature of our call. When my spouse became upset, I explained that her mother had just passed away, to which she offered no reply. I pointed out to the representative that she might reconsider her unprofessional manner to how she was handling the call, and asked to speak with her supervisor, which she refused.
It has been my experience that this is not an isolated situation. Governmental offices that provide a service to the public should remember who employs them, who pays their wages, who provides their benefits, and who provides their generous pension plans. This attitude of "entitlement" which translates to apathy and the lack of civility, has become endemic throughout California. It is time we reconsider how we engage with each other, how we "handle" the authority which is given to us in order to do the job we are hired to do.
We should think of ourselves as representatives of the hospitality industry, "Yes, Ma'am. Yes, Sir," and remind our children to do the same. Etiquette may seem like "a thing of the past," but even in California, it is not "old fashion" or "uncool" to be polite and considerate of others. We must remember to act as we would like to be treated.
It is a GOOD AMERICAN VALUE to be respectful and courteous, as our grandparents had learned, and not to forget from whence we came. Our humility and gratitude for even the smallest of life's treasures is the mark of accomplishment, for in these difficult times, when those around us seem too entrenched in their own lives and insensitive to our needs, we must remember that even the smallest gesture of kindness and civility can have instant gratification for the giver as well as the receiver.
BRING BACK THE CALIFORNIA DREAM.
Alma Marie Winston
More commentary to come...