EDITORIAL POTPOURRI posted January 3, 2023
This is editorial potpourri, I’m Randal J. Miller, station president.
Point number one: Despite various legislators telling us over 5 years ago that Illinois Route 48 thru Macon, Christian and Montgomery Counties was part of the state’s 5-year road improvement plan to be re-paved, it hasn’t happened since telling us that 5 years ago. It’s one of the roughest roads in the area for commuters, shoppers, and the general public to travel. Here’s a public hint to our area legislators, that the road sure could use getting re-paved before another 5 years is up.
Point number 2: We welcome new county board chairs across our 2 clusters’ coverage areas, and especially the new chairs in our stations’ home counties of DeWitt and Christian. We hope with new leadership comes a new era of cooperation among county board members in their respective counties, to discuss the issues in a respectful manner with an outcome that’s positive for county residents, especially in the area of economic development.
Point number 3: Countless doctors and nurses we know thru-out Central Illinois, have shared that the demeanor of their patients during and since COVID, has been anger, demanding, and condescending. While patients have long asked for understanding and emphathy from doctors and nurses, it’s time to remind those patients that health care is short-staffed and doing the best they can with the staff they have. One of my daughters, who has been in the nursing profession some 15 years, tells me that during and since COVID, she has been yelled at and verbally abused by patients. But! So that hospitals will keep their high rating to continue receiving government payments, nursing staff are told to just take it. Some nurses have even been told they can file charges against patients that physically abuse them. Patients need an “attitude adjustment” and realize that a nurse isn’t going to answer their call button the second they hit it because they’re short-staffed. Such abuse of nurses by patients is one reason thousands of nurses are leaving the profession in the first place. So, next time you’re a patient in a hospital or doctor’s office, remember that courtesy and understanding is a 2-way street.
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