I write to commend the recent letter submitted by Dr. McKinney. However, in contrast to her “little emotion” to Mr. May’s letter on Sept. 17, I experienced a feeling of anger and resentment. I think little of one, citizen or immigrant, who condemns a community or notion, to which they have contributed nothing or very little.
It seems to me that Mr. May should be very thankful to this kind community for what he received here. Foremost, his early education; then the use of our fine city library, then police and fire protection, then medical attention if needed, then on and on.
We are very fortunate that Dr. McKinney returned to “where she came from” after her very extensive medical training. Her work at our first class hospital is becoming legendary.
Now regarding the school bond issue: Should our school administrators and school board members decide that we have a need, we should and we will eventually respond positively. This was true in the past and will be true again.
In my opinion, the bond failed for two primary reasons: Timing and location.
The timing was poor because taxpayers are already over-burdened. The location was poor because of traffic congestion that would be created and difficult accessibility.
Our current four elementary schools were built for several reasons, but one was accessibility for small children.
Now let us remember that the value of a school is not in the structure itself, but in the persons who serve within.
Traveling in India, I saw a huge number of rural students, sitting outside in circular form, being taught outside, amid stacks of cow dung patties used for heat. Somehow, some of the world's best scholars and best professional minds have come from India.
Dr. McKinney well summarized the many shortcomings of Gage County. Apparently we have more than our share of morbid obesity with its accompanying diabetes, smoking, bing drinking and other sordid behaviors.
Such behaviors are often associated with poverty, but that is no reason it can’t be sopped if people will do what our leaders teach.
Dr. McKinney did not summarize the glowing amenities of our city and our county. In her business, as was mine, one is more apt to see the shortcomings than the amenities. But now that I have retired after 53 years of practicing medicine, I can more clearly see what this kind community means to me and what it has given to all of us.
I see the hard work of the Humane Society, the volunteers at the Bargain Box, at the Historical Society, at the Community Food Pantry delivering meals, at the Community Players and on and on.
I see our compassion for the handicapped, the homeless and the aged. I see our beautiful churches, our parks and trails. I see the blessings that abide in our town. We can be proud of our hospital and Dr. McKinney’s leadership in the CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program) and wish her well for the Blue Zone Project.
We can be proud of our school system and its achievements. I have seen most of the world and would not want to live anywhere else than Beatrice. And so, let us be generous with our money because we can’t take it with us, and generous with our efforts, because it’s later than you think.
And for you, Mr. May, try to think better of us.
C.T. Frerichs, MD, Beatrice