Letters to the Editor 7/25/13
EAD ON ARRIVAL
The purpose of this message is to offer a prediction concerning your feature, “Building bigger, better hospitals” (Patrick Yeagle, July 18). Hospitals are obsolete and will soon go the way of the Bell telephone. All medical treatment and medicine in general is 500 percent overpriced because of waste, mal-investment (building unnecessary hospital structures, etc.) and abuses by careless patients with self-inflicted medical problems. The only real need for “institutionalized care” is the operating room where surgery is performed. Current technology would allow for all patient care to be provided in the home. For example, a device similar to a smartphone can monitor all vital signs, remotely, while the least trained of any nursing student is able to provide “remote patient care.” That is why hospitals are obsolete.
BACK TO QUALITY
I agree with current park board members when they say they don’t want to see a repeat of the last 10 years. In the last 10 years we’ve seen a serious lack of focus from the district.
In 2005, the district adopted a long-range plan. It just didn’t follow the plan and its key recommendations. Board members at that time chose to continue expanding programs and commitments despite the lack of adequate resources. The key recommendation at that time was to pare down the breadth of services the district provided and focus on core services with a higher quality. The board and its new director at the time (Mike Stratton) seemed to move in the opposite direction.
Now would be a good time for the district to refocus and make a new commitment to a long-range plan that can help guide a new professionally qualified director to bring the greater Springfield community improved, higher quality parks.
GOING THE DISTANCE
Last week marked the 45th anniversary of the first Special Olympics competition and the beginning of a global movement that now includes more than 4 million adults and children with intellectual disabilities. Illinois takes great pride in being the site of the first Games at Soldier Field (July 20, 1968) and home to some of the early visionaries in the movement, including Justice Anne Burke who organized that inaugural event.
Special Olympics has transformed the lives of thousands of people in Illinois by giving athletes with intellectual disabilities a platform to discover and develop their talents and to gain recognition and respect. This is only the beginning.
Special Olympics Illinois has a three-year plan to expand its offerings and to make the program available to more children and adults in communities throughout the state. Special Olympics is a proven winner in bringing people together in schools, in parks and recreation settings and in the community at large.
Help us change more lives. Encourage a local school or community organization to start a program. Become an athlete, a volunteer or a donor. Please visit www.soill.org or call 1-800-394-0562. Together, we’ll tackle the next 45 years.
Dave Breen, President and CEO, Special Olympics Illinois