Don't lose perspective

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I fear we have lost perspective. Another day, another letter in protest. There is so much energy and anger put into the controversy surrounding the new name of our university that I feel we have lost perspective. Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Health Sciences University, Georgia Regents University – the fight has gone on for so long that I am afraid people have lost sight of what an amazing place it really is.

I was reminded of that recently as I watched my son head off to Camp Sweet Life, a camp run by Georgia Health Sciences Children’s Medical Center. This is a camp for children diagnosed with type-1 diabetes. He had been looking forward to the weekend and getting together with his T1D friends for the past year. They joined another camp from Georgia Health Sciences – Camp Strong Heart, which is a camp for children with cardiac diagnoses.

As I watched these two buses filled with 100 kids pull away to enjoy a typical normal camp experience, I could only be grateful to the amazing staff for this opportunity. Their dedication to our kids is unparalleled. The willingness of many of them to volunteer their weekend to ensure that all our kids were safe is to be commended.

So, as for the name change, I wouldn’t care if it was called Podunk University. I will do all that I can to support these amazing professionals. I implore my fellow Augustans that no matter where you fall on this issue, you don’t lose perspective on the good that happens behind those doors. I won’t.

Gretchen Daly

Evans

(The writer is local co-chairwoman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes.)

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avidreader
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avidreader 09/15/12 - 07:04 am
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GRU

Good letter! GRU it is. The GRUsome Grinders shall rise to the occasion. Division I Football (maybe we can whip Georgia State). B students from Josey, Glenn Hills, and Butler will no longer clog up the remedial classrooms on Walton Way. Phoenix College will surge with new enrollees. No more forty-ish men and women searching for a fulfilling change. Chip away at the student housing debate, and build, build, build. Raise the roof beams high, carpenters -- as well as the parking fees, activity fees, meal plans, etc. Let's bring these stodgy old institutions into the real world of modern universities.

Ms. Daley, I appreciate your comments and find your love for humanity to be admirable; however, please allow our community to be plain old southern ticked-off. Venting is a healthy emotion.

avidreader
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avidreader 09/15/12 - 07:13 am
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A Good Woman!

Ms. Daley, you are a good woman! Thanks for caring. And, by the way, I'm just yanking your chain. I'm feeling quite full of myself today. I could care less what moniker is bestowed upon our combined schools, and I will still support the academic and cultural needs of our community, just as you do. I'm just a bit forlorn over losing the intimacy of our little, local college, ASU. However, maybe now I can receive another diploma to add to my collection -- AC, ASU, and GRU. Pretty spiffy, huh?

prov227
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prov227 09/15/12 - 11:42 pm
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Missing the point ...

I'm not sure that anyone expressing a view about the name change is unappreciative of the services provided by health care professionals (or other members of the academic institutions). I don't see a one-to-one relationship in this letter. There is the still the issue of the flawed naming process and the way in which the community was presented as being "involved" in that process. This has nothing to do with the day-to-day activities of health care professionals in providing service for their patients/clients. Their commitment to their task at hand is what makes them "professional". They are also rewarded monetarily for their valuable service.

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