Watch what you sign.
A neighbor recently was an inpatient at an area hospital and spent some time in the hallways because of the full hospital beds.
She also mentioned that she has “do not resuscitate” order. I wondered if there was a connection.
We have also noticed that often when last wishes are in writing, justifications can be made for low prioritizing anyone with such orders.
Even if this person is young. Even if they are not chronic cases.
Such legalities are often read by health care personnel as a “hands off,” no matter the person’s current health care situation.
We also notice that when workers are overstretched, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is used as an excuse for nearly everything that they do not want to do.
HIPAA was originally devised for patients so that they could access their own records, not used to club loved ones over the head so that they are kept in the dark about their loved one’s health care.
Consider what you sign.
Elaine Waldman

Regarding Robert D. Poe (letter, Jan. 8), I would add that the Bible is 66 books written by 40 some different authors over several thousand years that form one integral whole.
The New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed. The Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed.
Christians believe the Scriptures to be inspired by the Holy Spirit of God. In a sense, the men who penned the Scriptures were secretaries transcribing the letters of their CEO.
Prophesies of the Bible demonstrate an origin outside the time domain, history revealed in advance. The Bible contains scientific truths thousands of years before their discovery by modern science. Archaeological and documentary discoveries continue to confirm the historical accuracy of the Bible.
A man will die for what he believes to be true, but few will die to defend a lie.
All the eyewitness Apostles (except John, who it is believed miraculously survived being boiled in oil) were willing martyrs, refusing to deny the reality of the risen Christ.
In response to Deb Green, (letters, Dec. 14, 27) same-sex marriage has never been officially sanctioned by the church.
Historian John Boswell tried to reconcile his gay lifestyle with his Catholicism. His revision of history, by forcing modern views, culture and customs upon the early church, fails to comprehend the magnitude and importance of covenants in prior ages.
There are thousands of easily accessible books, audios and videos that attest to the truth and proof of the Bible.
Sadly, no argument will satisfy the Christophobes who will forever nitpick a book they refuse to accept as having any moral authority. They will continue to worship their human reasoning, faux science (evolution) and socialist utopian delusions.
Don E. Waaland

The King James version of the Bible is just that, his version. There have been many versions, in fact, prior to the King James Bible. Why does this version stand?
The major difference between this one and many of the other versions is in 1 John 5:7. In the King James Bible it quotes, “For there are three that bear record in heaven; The Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost. And, these three are one.”
As it was originally translated into Greek, as was most of the other Bibles, 1 John 5:7, said, “For there are three that testify, the Spirit, the Water and the Blood, and the three are in agreement.”
This clearly points to overzealous translation.
The King James Bible version was changed to suit their beliefs. And, if this was changed, what else was changed or mistranslated?
We are not challenging the validity of the trinity, but the 66 books of the Bible were decided upon by a man, Bishop Athanasius, in 367 A.D.
The Council of Nicaea, 325 A.D., under the order of Constantine I, actually voted upon and ruled that Jesus was not created or begotten but existed with God from the beginning.
Interesting, that even in 325 A.D. there was disagreement in the word and they were still disagreeing when the King James Bible version printed in 1611.
The formation of the Cannon or 66 books of the Bible did not come as a thunderbolt, but was the product of centuries of reflection and then a vote.
The first five books of the Bible including Genesis through Deuteronomy were accepted as canonical in about the fifth century. Realizing that this is the early history of the church from 4000 B.C. to 1400 B.C., this means the books did not become Canon until 900 years after the death of Moses.
So, that means no mistakes were made for three thousand years either in translation or in storytelling, since much was verbally told.
Lastly, why is the Hebrew word for spirit translated as breath, wind or spirit, a feminine noun in Hebrew, yet we repeatedly refer to God as HE?
Dave Bettenhausen and Carla Bogni-Kidd