Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor on public service, nurses and a good man (May 7, 2019)

Public service

Every day, public servants dedicate themselves to educating our children, keeping us safe, running our government and leaving our communities better. Those who work so diligently on our behalf deserve our gratitude. I invite you to join me in thanking our local public servants this week, which has been designated by Congress as Public Service Recognition Week.

Public service, though, is not just for those who inhabit nonprofit and public sector workplaces. As citizens, we contribute to the greater public good by volunteering our time, talent and resources. At the Wichita State University Public Policy and Management Center, we believe public service is enhanced through collaboration with community members and business leaders.

Partnerships between the public and private sectors are vital to the growth and development of thriving communities. On our own campus, we see such partnerships in action every day. Later this week, we will pay tribute to the late Dr. John Bardo, a champion of public service who was dedicated to WSU and the city he called home. He was passionate about seeing the university, Wichita and Kansas move forward together.

As we celebrate our government and nonprofit public servants this week, I invite you to contemplate your own contributions to public service and your community.

Misty Bruckner, director of WSU’s Public Policy and Management Center

Thank a nurse

For more than a quarter of a century, May 6 has marked the beginning of National Nurses Week and May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday, its official end.

At Ascension Via Christi, we are blessed to have more than 3,000 nurses serving throughout Kansas. Although there are so many stories I could share, one in particular recently touched my heart.

Tyler Harding, who serves in our Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis, was selected by Newman University’s School of Nursing and Allied Health as its Preceptor of the Year, presented to an RN who students say has made a significant contribution to their clinical education. He also was recently recognized with a DAISY award for his care of a dying patient and her family. Wrote the patient’s granddaughter in nominating him: “Tyler took the time to learn all of my family members’ names and who we are to my grandma, and there were a lot of us.”

Tyler, who she says checked in on the family even on days he wasn’t assigned to her, “went above and beyond to make our experience a little better as my Grandma fought hard for her life.”

Please join us this week, along with the other 51 weeks of the year, in thanking nurses for their contributions to the health and quality of life in our community.

Carla Yost, chief nursing and quality officer at Ascension Via Christi

A good man

In my humble opinion, there are too many lawyers in this town. Some would probably say the same thing about my profession. There is one, however, that has earned my respect and admiration. Mr. DeVaughn, you are that one. It was a small piece in the paper and a story that captured my attention (“Longtime fisherman dies at the pond he enjoyed for the last couple of years,” April 27 Eagle). For what you did I consider you a hero; for how you handled the aftermath, I consider you to be a man of integrity; for how you treated your fellow man, I consider you a man of compassion.

All of the praise I can give you is not worth a dime. Knowing that there are still people in this world like you is priceless. Maybe one day our paths will cross, at that point I will stand and say, “This is a good man.”

Bo Wilkins, Wichita