Last year, we passed historic legislation in South Dakota to reform our criminal justice system. These reforms were enacted to improve public safety, hold offenders more accountable and reduce corrections spending. When we met with stakeholders before drafting the legislation, tribal members brought a parole issue forward. Today, nearly 30 percent of the inmates in the state prison system are Native American.
Welcome, everyone, to the big celebration weekend. We hope you see some old friends, meet some new ones, and enjoy the entertainment. And to those of you who will be working in all the many ways necessary to make the Days of 1910 celebration a success: THANK YOU! I know you don’t get enough of that.
What is a friend? The word comes from the German freund, which in turn originates from an Indo-European root meaning “to love,” shared by “free.” Thus a friend is defined as a person of mutual affection that is free of sexual or family relations. Still there are many more definitions of friendship. Friends care, support, listen, open-up, and then in the end are loyal. It is almost like the ethics of medicine: friends try to benefit and not harm their pals, do it honestly, all while respecting the other guy’s freedom to choose.
I do hope this letter arrives at your office in reasonable time. Sarcasm aside, there was a time when I put a First Class stamp on a letter and mailed it, I had confidence, depending on its destination, it would get there overnight or within two or three days. There was a time when newspaper publishers could expect their latest edition would reach mail subscribers in a reasonable time frame as well.
Parkinson’s disease is one of those unfair illnesses. Actually a group of conditions affecting movement, Parkinson’s disease results from different kinds of injuries to a specific part of the brain. Although many believe it takes a genetic tendency plus some environmental assault to cause it, still we don’t know why some get Parkinson’s and some don’t.
There’s been a renewed media buzz on the age-old topic of women having it all. Career plus family equals success. Cameron Diaz fueled the discussion with an announcement about not wanting kids because, in her words, “It’s so much more work to have children.” In another publicized conversation, Indra Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo and mother of two (not necessarily in that order) admitted she doesn’t think women can have it all.
I have a number of patients who are enjoying life years after having a sudden death experience because they had the good fortune being near someone who could provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR. Of course there are times when people are certainly dying, when CPR would only cause more suffering, and when resuscitation should not be done. That, however, is another story for another day.
C’mon, people — it’s just 45 words! We’ll even give you the Twitter version: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, Petition. There, a whole lesson in what it means to be a citizen of the United States — and the answers to some of the questions on the actual test you have to pass to become a citizen.
As a nation, we have taken an enormous step to ensure that more Americans are able to access health care than ever before. In addition to the coverage made available through the new health insurance marketplaces, critical federal funding is helping to expand our nation’s safety net by enabling many to access health coverage through expanded state Medicaid programs.
There is a powerful lesson from the medieval plague and the terrible Black Death. An earlier and similar epidemic killed half of Europe, during the sixth and seventh century but then seemed to disappear for about 700 years, until the plague raised its ugly head again in China, beginning the greatest international public health disaster in recorded history.