Commentary

Living in the professional newspaper world for many years gives me access to many good pieces of information. I get press releases every day, and sometimes every hour, from the big boys like UPI, AP and others, as well as many from smaller agencies and reporting firms. I have long been a member of several respected news associations including the National and International Associations of Investigative Journalists.

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A slogan entitled “Passion,” which hangs in my office, states: “Many things will catch your eye. Only a few will catch your heart. Pursue those!” As men and women hurl themselves headlong into life, they are mostly driven by necessity, that which immediately appears to be essential, rather than by passion, which is the birth of one’s purpose for and in life. In fact, Americans have become so unaccustomed to the caring manifested by passion that they often associate passion with irrationality, bigotry, fanaticism or extremism.

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If then, hope is the foundation of passion and purpose, what is hope? The first element is the affirmation that the future is positive and good. For some, this is a difficult aspect of hope. Due to the loss of loved ones to death or estrangement, the future doesn’t look bright. For others, the irremediable consequences of choices or bad experiences make the future gloomy. Yet when we find someone else who needs us and when we recognize how precious life is, hope returns. If there are those who do not value us, there are those who do, or who will, or who can.

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Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie:

I am married to a man with two children from a previous marriage. They are adults. My husband is 15 years my senior, and he married early the first time, so long story short, his children are only four and six years younger than I am. The problem is with his daughter.

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Dear Annie:

My granddaughter, “Melanie,” thinks that she has a half-sister 24 years younger.

Melanie believes that her father, long divorced from her mother, was asked by his former unattached girlfriend with whom he remained friendly, to “help” her have a child before it becomes biologically too late.

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James Holly, M.D.

As most healthcare providers were preparing to celebrate the Declaration of Independence on July 4, Southeast Texas Medical Associates (SETMA) had a surprise laboratory inspection by the Joint Commission. Formerly known as the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the Joint Commission founded in 1949 is the oldest healthcare organization in the world.

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Brenda Cannon Henley

Writing recently about what our faces say about us led me to another topic. My daughter DeAnna, who works for an airline, has always been funny by nature. She could be a standup comedian if she wanted. Because of her personality and length of experience, she is often brought passengers with problems or questions and has diffused many serious situations. One I will never forget occurred at Jack Brooks Regional in Beaumont.

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Brenda Cannon Henley

“Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life.” — Anne Roiphe

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James Holly M.D.

A group of Texas physicians is fighting government roadblocks to secure care and services to help their patients in need — to access addiction-fighting drugs, or obtain devices to help people with disabilities move.

The 34-member Texas Delegation to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates will ask the policymaking body to adopt a resolution this week to help patients with disabilities get devices to help them move, and another to allow physicians to prescribe medications electronically for patients they know.

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