Speak Up! - 06/22/06

Letters to the Editor

KRMC succeeds under Turney’s leadership

Medical care is a universal topic of concern in all communities. Since moving to Las Vegas last year, several people have told me that if my family needs major care, we should leave Las Vegas.

Ten years ago, my family and I moved to Kingman. At that time the poor quality of hospital care was also the main topic of discussion with many people. Due to circumstances not of my making, I walked in some of the same circles as Kingman Regional Medical Center CEO Brian Turney. I watched as people he should have been able to call friends teased him unmercifully about hospital quality, which primarily was interpreted into doctor competency. I never saw Brian speak negatively about the medical staff. He would not get defensive but would smile and say we are working on several fronts to improve the hospital.

Move forward 10 years and we see the Wellness Center, a hospital addition that was way too large, but as we are witnessing the growth of Kingman, it will be filled too soon; and an increase in medical staff and disciplines of care.

Some doctors are upset because they are expected to abide by the contract that they signed with the hospital. They hide under the cloak of an anonymous vote and send out one spokesperson that airs all their complaints to the newspaper. Brian’s doesn’t air the weaknesses of these doctors with a response: “Oh yeah, well you wouldn’t believe what these doctors are doing.” He acknowledges that there are some issues by saying “sometimes you step on some toes.” Brian’s leadership in hard times should give the community great confidence in his work.

Ron Welch

Henderson, Nev.

Meth destroying society one addict at a time

Illegal drugs have plagued communities nationwide for several decades, having an impact on why things are the way they are today. Along the way it looks as if methamphetamine, meth, became the most popular drug of choice. There are even rumors that an alarming 70 percent of Kingman residents use meth.

A powerful stimulant of the central nervous system, meth is known to be habit forming for its feelings of euphoria and its false senses of energy and power, which give the ego a temporary boost of security and self-confidence. However, what goes up must come down, so to speak, as the user is prone to opposing effects from the fluctuation of chemicals in the system, which include unpredictable mood swings.

Those who make a poor decision to use meth are all different in some way, somewhat like every batch of finished product cannot be exactly the same. Therefore, one never really knows for sure what reaction to expect from the drug, as it can vary from person to person. Meth enhances sensory perception, working in its unique way to make the bad seem good and the good seem bad; in other words, meth lies to your senses, influencing what’s right to look wrong and vice versa, altering the user’s concept of time, reality and state of mind in believing the opposite of what actually is.

A meth user experiences a lot of strange things and some of it is confusing because it may not apply to natural laws as we understand them today. Trying to explain the weirdness to others who don’t use meth will simply label you as trippin’ or crazy.

With continuous use, your health and everything about you, even your original identity, will eventually change to the point it will be too difficult convincing yourself along with others that all is crimson and clover. Time is all it takes before it’s too late and you realize your life has been destroyed by selfish decisions to use a dangerous drug. It’s going to take society as a whole to fight this problem. Recent ads using humor with a serious message sound convincing, but as long as meth is available, it will continue destroying America one altered reality at a time.

Daniel Avila