Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

October 5th, 2011 in Opinion Letters

Grundy residents show respect

On Sept. 26, I and 16 other Vietnam veterans had the privilege of attending the funeral services of Spc. 4 Marvin Foster Phillips at the Grundy County High School in Tracy City.

This young soldier -- 20 years old -- lost his life on his first combat mission in Vietnam. He was buried in Palmer, Tenn. -- 45 years to the day he lost his life.

My main reason for writing this letter is to say what a close community they have in all of Grundy County.

I have never witnessed as much love and respect they showed for this young man. There were literally hundreds of people standing in the rain on the side of the road, both sides.

I only wish everybody could have had the opportunity to see this. They never attempted to get out of the rain, standing there, waving their flags.

I was very impressed.

GENE CROZIER, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 203, East Ridge

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Headline misses point of letter

I am sorry the headline your newspaper used missed the intent of my letter you printed (Sept. 30) by using the caption you entitled it with. It should have been something like, "Why are the poorest states Republican?"

I do want to say that I appreciate your paper and am glad we have one that examines both sides of the story. I have been a subscriber of the paper since 1947 -- many thanks.

FRANK A. GREEN, D.D.S.

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'Dr.' titles can be separated

The article "Physicians, nurses fight over 'Dr.' title" in Sunday's (Oct. 2) Times Free Press took me back to a paper I wrote years ago on medieval universities.

The term doctor is derived from Latin and means "teacher." A doctrine is a "teaching."

Knowledge was divided into theology, philosophy (arts and sciences), medicine and law in medieval universities.

Professors were doctors (teachers) of theology, philosophy, medicine and law.

Practitioners in the various areas were not teachers and therefore were not doctors.

Over the centuries, practitioners of medicine (physicians) gradually assumed the title "doctor" probably for economic and status reasons since a teacher of medicine would have been held in higher esteem than a practitioner of medicine.

They have succeeded to the extent that "doctor" is now synonymous with "physician" in most people's minds. Other practitioners of medicine -- pharmacists, podiatrists, optometrists, chiropractors, audiologists and many others -- have professional doctoral degrees and the title "Dr."

Why not nurses?

The distinctions between nurse doctors and physician doctors can be made as clear to patients as it is between physician doctors and other practitioner of medicine doctors.

LAWRENCE HANSON, Collegedale

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Braves finish at different level

The 2011 Atlanta Braves ended the season as a dang good AAA ball club.

TOMMY ARNOLD, Ringgold, Ga.