Corsicana Emergency Corps still active
To the Editor: If anyone would like to know, the Corsicana Emergency Corps Is active and available for calls.
If you have an emergency and would like to have the Corsicana Emergency Corps come out to your emergency, please call the sheriff’s office at 903-654-3001.
We have many resources for drownings, missing persons, traffic control and multiple other uses. The Corsicana Emergency Corps has to be specifically requested to be paged to your incident.
If you have an event you would like for the Corsicana Emergency Corps to help with, call Captain Mike Davis at 903-654-2580, or Sergeant Rhonda Davis at 903-654-0885.
Corsicana Emergency Corps
To the Editor: We have noticed that more and more men on the “streets” are talking about our society becoming more socialistic as the years pass.
What is so bad about that? Consider some of the characteristics of a socialistic society: The government controls some 80 percent of the gross national product including labor unions. It manipulates elections and maintains a secret police force. It controls the press and all media outlets. It utilizes collective farms. It maintains a large, expensive military and maintains some control of the judiciary. In many cases, freedom of religion is not allowed. It maintains control of the health care system.
Where would freedom of choice, reward for effort, and individual initiative fit in? Where would our Bill of Rights fit into such a society? Out the window.
Is it not time for our government to cease the slide towards socialism before it is too late?
For a good comparison of socialism and democracy, study the government of East and West Berlin after World War II.
Get a shot
To the Editor: Flu season is now upon us. There have been reported cases in north Texas dating back to September of this year, which is earlier than usual.
Influenza — the flu — is a contagious virus that infects airway mucosal surfaces such as nose, throat and lungs. It is estimated that 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population will get the flu. Over 200,000 people will be hospitalized with complications from the flu and deaths range from 3,000 to 49,000 each year.
The flu virus tends to change from year to year due to a process called Antigenic Drift. Changes in the strain can lead to difficulty in detecting the virus in the body causing symptoms such as:
• Fever (Note: Not everyone with the flu has a fever);
• Runny nose;
• Muscle aches;
• Gastrointestinal symptoms (i.e. vomiting and diarrhea).
The most common way the virus spreads is by droplets that occur when a person coughs, talks or sneezes. The virus will then attach to those mucosal surfaces. Touching objects that contain the virus can also lead to spreading the flu virus but happens less often than the other methods mentioned. Once a person is infected, the virus can cause symptoms that can last 5 to 7 days. Sometimes it will last longer for persons with weakened immune systems like children and those that have HIV/AIDS. This can lead to numerous complications ranging from sinus infections to pneumonia and it will also worsen chronic conditions such as diabetes, COPD, asthma, congestive heart failure and other conditions.
The best way to prevent the flu is to be vaccinated. Past vaccinations consisted of a trivalent combination (2 A strains and 1 B strain). There is an equivalent vaccine (Two A strains and two B strains), which contains the most prevalent strains that were seen last year. The Center for Disease Control recommends everyone over the age 6 months get vaccinated.
Influenza is deadly so please don’t become a statistic. Now is the time to get vaccinated. I would encourage you to visit the CDC website: www.CDC.gov.
DeAndre A. Brown M.D.
Medical Director of Urgent Plus Care
Corsicana Emergency Corps still active
Let’s hear it for butterflies
Let’s face it. When national leaders agree to attend summit meetings, we don’t expect many tangible and/or desirable results.
If I have said it once, I have said it a hundred times — I hate computers! I don’t want anything to do with cell phones with their myriads of applications. I don’t want anything to do with “blogging,” “tweeting,” “friending,” and “liking.”
Often, you start off your Monday with some semblance of an idea what the day and week will hold. Although working in a newsroom will teach you one thing: you don’t have control over anything.
There is nothing gradual about spring in Texas.
It’s Round-Up Time in Texas
For the longest time, “round-up time in Texas” meant “headin’ up and movin’ out” cattle. Cowboys atop horses undertook the massive undertaking.
Our new neighbor
Our house sits almost in the bottom center of a horseshoe of new homes which all back up on a man-made lagoon. Ours is one of the few homes that does not have an extended screened-in lanai but we are perfectly satisfied with the standard one
Smoker no more
So, I quit smoking.
Of course, just admitting that I once smoked is almost sinful in this day and age, akin to admitting I used to sell heroin to orphans, but it’s different now than it was when I started.
Read a book
No secret here, I was one of those odd children who would rather stay in her room reading books than play outside.
Fortunately, little Nancy (the madre) limited our television watching, and video games included nothing but Pong on Atari at that time, so once you were done with your alloted 30 minutes of television viewing for the day, you were on your own.
Freedom to exhale
So far as I know, none of my elementary schoolmates made it to the Metropolitan Opera — unless as a member of the audience, usher staff or clean-up crew.
Pets are better
I found a cute article on Yahoo that was entitled “10 Reasons Dogs Are Better Than Boyfriends,” which I think warrants some discussion.
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