Letters to the Editor

Hospital experience exemplary

To the Journal editor:

I wanted to take this opportunity to share my recent experience at UP Health System-Marquette.

I went into the ER (prior to their recent move to the new hospital) for what I thought was an extremely bad case of the flu. After a battery of tests it was determined that I had a more serious medical condition that would require surgery.

Due to a small snag with my ailment (not due to the hospital), I spent a total of seven nights in the care of those I would later refer to as the “Blue Warriors.” The care I received was nothing short of top notch. These men and women were busy. The hospital was bustling and never once did I feel neglected or my patient light go unnoticed.

I know I will never remember everyone’s names but I would like to thank Marisa in the ER for her phenomenal care, and wonderfully funny personality, my nurses, Jenna, Bridgitt, Bria, and a few others whose names allude me, the transporters, the anesthesiologists (lets get this party started?) and most specially Dr. Sara Herrera and Dr. Christopher Mehall.

I will never forget the exceptional treatment, warmth and compassion of the entire team. I have been to Mayo Clinic with my mom, and the only difference in quality of care, is that our nurses and physicians here in Marquette are our family, friends and neighbors who have a vested interest in each and every one of us. They know us not as patients but as part of the fabric of this beautiful community.

Thanks again everyone, and I am sorry if I missed your name because everyone provided superior quality care and the bedside humor was what got me through those seven days.




All of us are God’s children

To the Journal editor:

In the June 9 paper, Richard Lehto is once again preaching to us. Contrary to his … belief, the LGBTQ community is very well aware that their lives resulted from a man inseminating a woman. They are also very aware of the fact that they, too, are children of the god who made them in his/her/its image.

However, the self proclaimed good Christian community (SPGCC) has its collective head buried so deep that they cannot even accept and love their own children who come out as LGBTQ.

If SPGCC’s god created all life and the processes that spawned and continue its existence, then that god set into motion a process which resulted in creating humans of differing color, biological sexes, sexual orientation, handicap, etc, all of whom he/she/it apparently loves. Not all humans fit neatly into the box that SPGCC wish to force everyone into.

Unlike a human’s ability to choose a religious or political belief, humans do not choose to be homosexual. Humans are naturally born with heterosexual or homosexual tendencies.

Teaching that homosexuality is wrong, that homosexuals are sinners destined for hell, and forcing young homosexual children to endure reorientation conditioning is clearly a sin.

Considering the way SPGCC have treated them, it should be no surprise that the LGBTQ are vindictive toward them. History is full of stories of SPGCC enslaving and murdering African Americans, displacing and murdering Native Americans.

Even today, some SPGCC loath African Americans and would refuse them service if the government had not stepped in and constitutionally forced businesses to serve all humans. As paying customers, LGBTQ deserve to be served by commercial open-to-the-public businesses just like any other human.

In Christian parlance, as humans, we are all sinners. Most SPGCC business owners knowingly employ and serve sinners everyday, but cannot identify the extent to which an individual may have sinned. Because some LBGTQ make themselves easily identifiable in public, SPGCC-owned businesses have targeted them for refusal of service. It is quite telling that some SPGCC fully support the great orange one (GOO), but find homosexuality sinful.

The Constitution was originally written by and for Christian white men. Fortunately enough wiser humans extended its protections to all Americans, including LGBTQ. It appears that SPGCC’s controlling god has indeed worked things out for all Americans!

Bryan Hill


What (and when) is life?

To the Journal editor:

Life begins at the point of conception. No one can deny that after a human being is conceived it will develop into the very same being as those debating this issue.

What astounds me is that those who favor abortion went through an identical development stage as the being they are condemning to death. Would these very same people agree that a similar choice should have been made about their own existence? How many human lives have been lost that could have added to our society in so many ways?

(I believe) abortion today is used primarily as a birth control of convenience because people are too self-centered to take precautions. They prefer their own pleasurable self-indulgence over the care and sanctity of the life they created.

What ever happened to taking responsibility for one’s actions in this country? Is it too much to ask a woman who has conceived to place the child into adoption? Nine months of discomfort is nothing compared to life in prison for voluntary manslaughter! And what about consenting to sex with a male; is that part of the equation too?

Or has abortion just become another extension of the women’s liberation movement started in the late 60’s which coincidently boosted membership on or about the same date as Roe v. Wade?

Does the father of the child have a say in this? And what about the constitution of the United States? Are not all people conceived in this country deserving of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? I believe abortion is a crime against humanity and should be outlawed.

We need to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision and get back to cherishing life in this country. For a country that murders its children cannot be far from self destruction.


Cleveland, Ohio