Openline: Man’s survival ‘amazing’
January 13, 2012 11:32PM
Sharoll Powers pats her husband Michael Powers on the shoulder as he exercises in the cardio pulmonary rehab gym at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Illinois, Tuesday, December, 13, 2011. He survived an aortic dissection and his wife Sharoll has been a big part of his recovery. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times
Updated: February 16, 2012 8:06AM
Janet Lundquist’s article regarding Michael Powers’ survival is truly an amazing story. Sharoll, his wife who never left his side during all those months of recovery, deserves so much credit for her devotion. It’s comforting to know the doctors and staff at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center have such great expertise.
Also deserving credit are his co-workers who were responsible for getting him to the hospital and the great staff who helped with his rehabilitation.
Sharoll Powers is inspirational in saying prayer and a positive attitude of always looking on the bright side, finding the good in everything and it will happen.
Jane Battersby, Morris
Don’t take phones from truckers
Another law passed by our do-nothing government, the NTSB. As of December, it is illegal for the use of a cell phone or Bluetooth hands-free device while operating a commercial vehicle in the United States. I can see no texting while driving. My company can fire me and the government can fine me $2,700, plus I can lose my license. What’s next? No CB radios? Don’t change your radio stations, CD player, eat or smoke while driving? So remember this, commercial drivers: The next time you see an accident or drunken driver, don’t call 911 while driving. You can be fined by the government.
Laws must protect workers
If working conditions at the intermodal facility are bad as commentators say, the situation is beyond disgraceful. This is capitalism at its worst. History has shown that capitalism only works for society when government serves as the intermediary between labor and management. Where then is the U.S. Department of Labor? The Illinois Legislature? Has the nation moved so far to the right that it has ceased to care? The laborers at the intermodals are the working poor. They are trying to pay their way through life. For this they deserve the sympathy and respect of us all. They merit the protection and enforcement of the law.