Clarification … and some Comfort

Before I move on to today’s thoughts, I want to clarify something from my entry Wednesday. Something caused confusion among those who take the time each day to read my blog.

I wrote about receiving a racist postcard in the mail … and I noted that – for better or worse – race permeates everything our society and pointed to the Michael Vick case as an example. Some of you wrote back saying how could I say race was a factor in Vick’s case and punishment. The entry shocked more than a few people.

Let me clear about what I meant – and what I should have said.

If you have read any of my previous entries, you know I have nothing but contempt for what Vick did and he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law — and when he is incarcerated, a pack of hungry dogs should be place in his cell with him. My reference to the Vick case Wednesday was not that race was a factor in the actual case, rather that race influenced how the case was viewed. It’s quite clear from studies and surveys that – along racial lines – the case was viewed differently. I was angry when TV commentators tried to insert race into the discussion of the crime. It had no place there, but race did effect how society at large saw the case.

I hope that clears up what I meant to say. Forgive me, everyone. Two cups of coffee and writing at 7am will often cause you to make mistakes. If you do find something objectionable in the future, please call me on it ( that includes spelling mistakes ).

Now, quickly to today’s entry.

Hospice. Not something we normally like to think about, but it’s necessary for many families and their loved ones – and I just wanted to note one group that is handling the difficulty but needed responsibility with style and grace.

I have been the featured speaker at the Family Hospice and Palliative Care golf outing the last four years. This year, I was asked to serve as the emcee of the dedication of their newest facility: The Center for Compassionate Care located in the South Hills. The building is magnificent, creating a home-like environment for those whose days on earth can now be counted. It allows them complete access and freedom to walk around inside and outside while creating a relaxing and comfortable situation during this most difficult of times.

We talk about heroes all the time on the news. However, it’s people like CEO Rafael Sciullo ( above in the black suit in middle ) and his staff that are doing heroic work without fanfare. They are doing this most emotional and difficult of jobs with class and compassion. I was proud to be part of their efforts – both annually at their annual golf event and that day at the dedication.

Hospice. It’s not something we want to think about – but we know that if we need it, it’s there.

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