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“Sad will be the day when the American people forget their traditions and their history, and no longer remember that the country they love, the institutions they cherish, and the freedom they hope to preserve, were born from the throes of armed resistance to tyranny, and nursed in the rugged arms of fearless men." -Roger Sherman, signer of the Declaration of Independence
The Founding Fathers established documentation such as The Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights and US Constitution, etc., which are set in place to Unify in righteousness (Leviticus 19:17) under God and separation from the wicked, as well as Tyrants (Matthew 10:34).
“Our constitution was made for a moral people and a religious people (Under the Christian umbrella). It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” –President John Adams
Study the Constitution. Let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislatures, and enforced in courts of justice. – President Abraham Lincoln
We know that history teaches us the lessons that many want to learn so that history does not repeat itself. On the other hand, there are those who could care less about the lessons that need to be learned. I am now addressing those who do not want to see the evils of the past repeated in the present. After all, prevention is better than cure.
In this country, our forefathers, under God, have given to their posterity, the American people, the privilege of being the government. Remember what President Abraham Lincoln said:
“Government for the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Of course, he took from John Wycliffe who said:
“This Bible is for the government of the people, by the people and for the people.”
The Declaration of Independence, which our forefathers have handed to the past, present and future generations, reads:
“That to secure these (God given) Rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever and Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government” (Exodus 20; Amos 3:3; 2 Corinthians 6:14-19; James 4:4).
Then, we look to the preamble of the US Constitution to find “We the People (Are the government) of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union (All 50 states), establish Justice (According to God’s moral Law), insure domestic Tranquility...”
The Framers had good reason to seek to “insure” domestic tranquility. Literally “domestic tranquility” means peace and quiet at home—at home in America, as opposed to in other nations. Tranquility for the Framers meant the absence of riots, rebellions, and similar symptoms of social disorder.
The Constitution continues, “…provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare (The concern of the government for the morality, peace and safety of its citizens. Providing for the welfare of the general public is a basic goal of government.), and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity (family lineage), do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love and reverence toward Almighty God...What a Utopia, what a Paradise would this region be. –John Adams wrote in his diary entry dated February 22, 1756
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The Minnesota Wild cleared some salary by trading veterans Jason Pominville and Marco Scandella to Buffalo for left-wingers Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno. The Wild and Sabres also traded draft picks, with the Wild receiving a 2018 third-round pick for a fourth-rounder.
Foligno provides the size and strength Minnesota was missing against the St. Louis Blues in the playoffs. He was second amongst forwards in hits last year with 279, and should serve as an effective bottom-six forward who will score a dozen goals or so. He’s a restricted free agent, so the Wild will have to work out a deal, but it should be at a rate considerably less than what Pominville ($5 million) and Scandella ($4 million) were making.
Ennis was a top-six forward in the past but has been limited by injuries the last two seasons. He’s a friend of Jared Spurgeon’s and works out with him in the offseason. While he’s played center effectively in the past, Ennis is more likely to play left wing for the Wild. He’ll make $3.65 million this year and next and count $4.6 million towards the salary cap each season.
The money general manager Chuck Fletcher saved the Wild with this deal should go to extending restricted free agents Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund. Both are due big raises following breakout seasons. Granlund went from a -12 plus-minus in 2015-16 to a 23 last season, and Niederreiter improved his plus-minus by eight points last season.
Granlund made $3.2 million last year, and Niederreiter made $2.67 million last season. Both were extended qualifying offers, so if they sign with another team the Wild will get draft pick compensation. That’s not likely to happen, though, as the Wild will need their services if they’re going to advance in the playoffs.
With $18.4 million in cap space now, Fletcher can not only retain both Granlund and Niederreiter, but sign a free agent veteran or two. The Wild will need a backup goalie, and the free agent market for goalies is deep, so the price should be right.
The Wild could also use a a couple of bottom-six defensemen, and can now afford to make a run at Trevor Daley or even 26-year-old Dmitry Kulikov, who’s coming off a down year. Some had their hopes set on a couple of Stanley Cup champions being signed by the Wild. Chris Kunitz and Matt Cullen have both likely played their final seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but they aren’t a great fit now that Fletcher has added two forwards.
The deal looks like a win for both teams, as Buffalo improved its defense immensely, and Minnesota got the physicality and scoring options it will need to compete with the best in the West. The fun has only just begun, as free agency kicks off on Saturday, July 1.
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Healthcare workers frighteningly face assault all too often, including verbal, sexual and physical, with some of these instances including gun violence. This may rise as we attempt to combat the opioid addiction epidemic.
Las Vegas unfortunately has seen multiple cases, especially when it comes to shootings that involve medical offices. This week four people were injured when a patient walked in asking for a walk-in appointment at the Center for Wellness & Pain Care. When he was denied, he shot at employees before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide. All the victims of the shooting are expected to recover.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time gun violence has involved medical personnel for suspected pain related issues.
In 2003, David Freeman kidnapped his physician, Dr. Sheldon Mike after he refused to call in a pain medication prescription to the pharmacy. The Freeman took Dr. Mike by car at gunpoint to a drive-through Walgreens. He was stopped by police and Dr. Mike was shot in the shoulder and sustained a neck wound during the incident, but fortunately survived his injuries.
In 2006. Dr. Avi Ostrowsky survived a shooting from a long time patient who had “chronic back pain”.
In 2009, Dr. Edna Makabenta was shot and killed by her patient, Eliseo Santos, when she entered his exam room. It was reported that Santos was suffering pain from prostate cancer although the exact motive was unknown.
Industries involving customer service expose staff to hundreds of clients a day putting them at risk for altercations. However, medical staff are even more vulnerable to violence in the workplace for many reasons. Firstly, health care personnel deal with people who aren’t well, whether it's physical, emotional or mental illness. When one is in pain, or possibly suffering an addiction to narcotics, he/she may not be able to control their anger or emotional outbursts.
Secondly, clients of the healthcare industry are more often disgruntled and frustrated with the medical system, whether it be wait times, cost, or lack of getting their desired services.
Thirdly, medical staff frequently have to say “no”, or deny services to their clients whether it's a medical insurance issue or an “unsubstantiated request” for pain prescriptions. With the ongoing opioid epidemic, medical offices feel pressured to deny prescription requests, therefore angering more patients.
Medical facilities strive to ensure the safety of all their patients. Many are not equipped, however, to protect those in the waiting or exam rooms from gunfire.
As we gear up to battle the opioid crisis we need to avoiding thrusting millions of people into narcotic withdrawal. We should prepare for more disgruntled patients becoming violent when their medication requests are turned down. Narcotic withdrawal is painful and scary and more needs to be done to help those addicted to narcotics to transition and detox easier. Moreover, the need for increased security at medical offices is paramount.
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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a Board Certified Family Physician. The Dr. Daliah Show , is nationally syndicated M-F from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm and Saturday from Noon-1:00 pm (all central times) at GCN.