Letters to the Editor December 19, 2021
For the publisher:
The first time I heard the angels singing that we heard upstairs was in 1969. It was at a Christmas performance at a country church in Nunnally near Mena, Arkansas. Every year we went to Mena during the holiday season, so that my dad could see his loved ones. The pastor and his son were good friends with my father’s sister, Major Lois C. Putman, who was my aunt. They would go deer hunting together on Aunt Lois’ property. We have all been invited to the Christmas contest in their church. It was based on the nativity. They sang Angels We Have Heard On High. I was carried away by the chorus Glorious in Excelsis Deo. Last Sunday was our Christmas cantata at First Presbyterian Church. One of our pieces contained the choir Angels We Have Heard On High. It was Lloyd Larson’s Joy Has Dawn. I really liked the way our organist played it on our pipe organ. He really added the bass to the bottom bracket. It made me lose my temper. Put Christ on Christmas and have a Merry Christmas yourself. Go say Merry Christmas to a person, where they are your best friends or worst enemy. We shouldn’t hold a grudge. Life is too short.
For the publisher:
What is or should be partisan about personal safety and protection from fatal disease. With all of the tens of thousands of people dying from Covid, it should be everyone’s responsibility to get the covid vaccines they can get. I am happy to be fully vaccinated. Why should President Biden be blasted and called a socialist for wanting vaccination warrants? President Biden is much more realistic about Covid than Trump ever has been. Trump put his head in the sand and many foolishly believed him and called him a patriot. Biden has enough work to undo Trump’s damage. Let’s help him. This is another reason why I wholeheartedly support him for his re-election.
For the publisher:
At this time of reflection, I am deeply grateful to the physicians, caregivers and all of the team at the Medical Center of South Arkansas (MCSA) who provide exceptional and compassionate care to the residents of El Dorado and many others. southern communities part of our state.
Experiencing a once-in-a-century global pandemic has been a challenge for many. This is especially true for the men and women who have been caring for patients with COVID and other health conditions for almost two years now. By working together, the MCSA hospital team maintained a safe environment to protect caregivers and thousands of people in need of medical services. The team adapted to changing clinical guidelines as more was learned about the virus and used that knowledge to care for very sick patients relentlessly and with compassion. As chairman of the hospital board, I couldn’t be more proud of them.
The pandemic has underscored the importance of having a strong hospital in our community. MCSA, in recent years, has developed collaborations with several respected Arkansas institutions, including the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UMAS), the Arkansas Heart, and the Arkansas Children’s Hospitals, and has judiciously added services needed locally – such as the expansion of the intensive care unit and the behavioral health unit which is slated to open this spring. To expand the pipeline of physicians available to serve the southern part of the state, UMAS has announced a new regional campus in El Dorado where it will train family medicine residents and the MCSA will serve as the local teaching hospital. These partnerships improve medical services in our region today and into the future.
Likewise, changes to the hospital over the past few months allow the hospital to continue on its journey to become a regional hospital while strengthening its ability to provide quality care to the community of El Dorado. I can’t think of many things more important to the long-term economic success of El Dorado or South Arkansas than a thriving hospital – that’s why I’m grateful to MCSA and its caregivers.
Robert L. Robinson, IV
Chairman – MCSA Board of Directors