The Telegram News
July 14, 2020
  • The science of fireworks…
    The 4th of July is past and gone, and one thing that seems to be missing are those large fireworks displays where many people gather in close quarters to watch. At the writing of this column most displays have been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.  
  • To The Editor:

    Can you have absolute freedom in a civilized society? Let us look at a few examples.

  • To The Editor:

    In response to Candace Weddington, MA:

  • Shake my hand, now, always and forever

    (Editor’s Note: This article was provided by well-known local physician, Dr. Patrick Ball, in response to recent articles or letters by his colleagues, which were in response to his initial articles regarding the pandemic and how we as a civilization respond.)

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    Once again, I fear that I have failed to convey my message of freedom. Dr. Neff’s well-written article bears evidence of such. One of her major points of contention was that I should not blame government agencies for disallowing face-to-face encounters with my patient, but should take the issue up with the hospital I work for. I had already done that long before either of our articles had appeared in The Telegram. The hospital administration was in fact quite receptive to my position on continuing face-to-face visits. My nurse and I had even worked out a plan to do home visits for the more vulnerable elderly population. However, due to guidelines set forth by state and federal agencies, they reluctantly informed me that we could only do traditional exams on a very limited basis. I had not done a fact-check regarding this issue, but Dr. Neff had and I take her at her word that there are no laws prohibiting our intentions; but I propose there are unwritten laws that produce the same effect.

  • To The Editor:

    Dr. Patrick Ball's opinion pieces published in The Telegram on May 13th and June 3rd addressed the COVID-19 pandemic and the country's response to it.  The current surge in the number of covid-19 cases has prompted me to revisit his articles and opinions. In the first article, he expresses his lack of confidence in statistics because they can be manipulated to support any number of different conclusions. While admitting that the virus is a real health threat, he suggests that statistics are being used to convince the public that the virus and its effects are more serious than they really are.

  • The art of language…
    One of the most amazing human traits, that separates us from all other living creatures, is our incredible capacity to develop language. We make audible sounds that communicate our thoughts. And as if that is not enough, we have even developed ways to write those words down. Recording our current thoughts for the future generations to ruminate, and ponder. Quite amazing, don’t you think?
  • To The Editor:

    Wanted to thank the city of Jackson for allowing me to be a guest of Jackson for the past five years. But more importantly for caring for my mother-in-law Irene Lloyd until her passing at 99-1/2. Jackson was her home and she never wanted to leave. 

  • ‘Positionality and Power’
    (Editor’s Note: Jackson resident Candice Weddington submitted this opinion piece for publication in the wake of the May 25 death of a black man, George Floyd, at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer and also because of the increased national and local dialogue exploring the deeper issues of racism. Weddington was among the speakers at a Black Lives Matter rally in Jackson on Saturday, June 13.)
  • Another physician’s opinion on COVID-19: ‘Freedom comes with consequences’

    Editor’s Note: Dr. Jill Neff, who owns and operates Hometown Pediatric Care in Jackson, submitted this opinion piece, offering her response to two recent opinion pieces published in The Telegram from local physician Dr. Pat Ball concerning the response to the COVID-19 situation.)

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    I have read both of Dr. Ball’s articles several times and would now like to offer (1) some fact-checking and (2) another perspective.

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