Patient thankful for orthopedic, hospital care
To The Sun:
On Jan. 23 I was one of eight patients of Dr. Brad Meister, all of whom had joint surgery at Labette Health. I had full replacement of my right hip.
The surgery went without a hitch and I was delighted with pre- and post-op care, both in the surgical suite and in my room afterward, during a stay that ran through Jan. 25.
In addition to Dr. Meister and his surgical team, all the nurses, paraprofessionals and others who participated in my care were excellent in all they did. They came with pleasant dispositions, which along the way made time in the hospital much less of an ordeal.
I was impressed with the orthopedic reach of Labette Health. In my therapy group were patients from Kincaid, Humboldt, Buffalo, Coffeyville and Fort Scott, as well as myself, from Iola. Dr. Meister mentioned that the hospital has a broad reach, which seems perhaps to be an understatement.
I think, too, that the people of Parsons and Labette County should be extremely proud of the health care that is available to them and those who journey from elsewhere and special note should be made of how profound an influence the orthopedics department has. I understand that in addition to Dr. Meister, Drs. William Dillon and Kevin Mosier are included in caring for joint and associated problems.
Thanks for your time and thanks for having Labette Health and Dr. Meister available to remove excruciating pain from my right leg and permitting me — I'm 69 — to be able to get about freely again, without pain. — BOB JOHNSON, Iola
Wake up, Oswego
To The Sun:
We are opposed to government wasteful spending at all levels, whether it is on the city, state or federal level. We would like to bring the citizens of Oswego up to date on what your elected city council has done with your money at the Oswego Airport.
The first stage was to bury about 4/10 of a mile of overhead powerlines, as a supposed safety precaution, costing in the tens of thousands.
The second stage was to buy adjoining property and reroute the entrance to the airport from the highway instead of from the county road (safety precaution), which cost close to $100,000.
The third stage is to install a 6,000 gallon fuel station with a card reader pump (safety precaution), which cost about $100,000, before they fill the tank with fuel (about $35,000).
The next stage is to acquire part of the adjoining farms for future expansion of the airport (safety precaution).
If you ask the council members to justify any of these expenditures they respond with "it's grant money and we only have to put in 10 percent of our funds." Here's a news flash folks: Grant money is not free money; it all comes from somewhere, as does the 10 percent the city has to pay.
If you think your taxes are too low you should commend your council for their insight. If you think your taxes are too high, including your water rates, sewer rates and sanitation, you should share your thoughts with them on that as well.
Jan. 22 was the last council meeting, and they approved moving forward with the land acquisition part of the plan, with no feasibility study, no economic study, no valid data at all. It will increase costs to implement all these upgrades, and the money has to come from somewhere, so prepare yourself for increased rates on everything the city can use to generate funds in order to stay afloat.
The meeting appeared to be very well choreographed, almost as though the council listened to opposition, when in fact their decision appeared to be made before the meeting started. In all honesty it was a mockery of what democracy should be, and I was appalled by most of the comments. Some of the comments came from the same folks who brought you the new hospital, meat packing plant, etc.
We heard how a group from Tulsa wanted to buy the airport and build houses down each side of the runway with each having a private hanger. If you lived in Tulsa, and had enough money to buy an airport and build a second home with a private hanger, would you choose Tahoe, Aspen, Phoenix? No, it would have to be Oswego.
We then heard from a local real estate expert about buying agricultural property adjacent to government property like airports, roads, city streets, etc. It was very enlightening and educational. He stated that the decision to proceed was a no brainer, and I couldn't agree more, but I think we mean different things.
We also found out that if the runway was extended to accommodate private jets a new Wal-Mart would magically appear in Oswego. Again, if I had a private jet I would only shop at Wal-Mart and only in Oswego.
Your mayor, city clerk, and four of the six council members are 100 percent behind this. Bill Owens and Darren Tynan were opposed. All this is a matter of public record and can be found in the minutes of the meeting.
We would ask two things of the taxpayers of Oswego. No. 1: Ask your council member to explain and justify all of this. And No. 2: Cut this out of the newspaper and tape it to your refrigerator so you can remember to say I told you so each time you see one of these folks in the future. — BRET MIDDLESWART, Parsons, ROBBIE ROBISON, Columbus