Reflecting on two lives

I shed a couple of tears after reading the March 13 story, “Rare transplant.” One was a tear of joy for Spencer Kolman, featured in the story, the other for a boy named David.

When David was 6 years old, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease. On the advice of our doctor, we took him to the Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. Though they did their best, they weren’t able to come up with a solution. We returned home and put him under the care of an oncologist in our hometown. After weeks of radiation, and removal of his spleen, he was declared cancer-free.

At the age of 7, David came down with bacterial meningitis and was in a coma for several days. Once again, his refusal to give up brought him through and he returned to school. Although serious disease affects the whole family, his siblings never complained about all the extra attention their brother was receiving. In fact, they picked up his homework assignments every day so he wouldn’t get behind.

David was a cheerful, funny, bright boy and spent the next few years just being. He played the trombone in the high school band, was a straight-A student and, because he was a good listener, had many friends. One day, he became ill with what we thought was the flu. No matter what we tried, he didn’t get better. He ended up in the hospital with a temperature of 105 degrees, and the doctors found that he had a serious heart problem. They performed open-heart surgery, and when that didn’t help, they tried another open-heart procedure, but that also didn’t work. The doctors were fearful radiation had scarred his lungs.

Three months later, after many heroic attempts to save him, David passed away at the age of 17. We still mourn his loss, but are so thankful for the technology and procedures that are now available to children like Spencer.

Barbara Russo

Ormond Beach

On Trump train

Congressman Ron DeSantis stopped fundraising long enough to hold a town hall on Saturday at Bethune-Cookman University. While the event was quite limited in policy or organization, it was clear in one aspect: Attorney Ron DeSantis is 100 percent on the Trump Train. If you believe Donald Trump has the intelligence, temperament, veracity and class to lead the greatest country in the world, then you will be satisfied with attorney Ron DeSantis.

Stephen Sevigny

Ormond Beach

 

 Role of courts

Perhaps I misunderstand the role of our Supreme Court justices, but to my thinking these nine individuals should be loyal to the letter of the Constitution, not to a party. Justices should not review and evaluate to the left or the right; personal opinions and party positions should not be interjected in court deliberations. Justices should be chosen according their knowledge of the Constitution, their ability to “drill down” to the indisputable truth as intended by the original denotation, and their willingness to adjudicate accordingly. Please see the following excerpt from www.uscourts.gov:

“The Supreme Court ... as the highest court in the land, it is the court of last resort for those looking for justice. Second ... it plays an essential role in ensuring that each branch of government recognizes the limits of its own power. Third, it protects civil rights and liberties by striking down laws that violate the Constitution. Finally, it sets appropriate limits on democratic government by ensuring that popular majorities cannot pass laws that harm and/or take undue advantage of unpopular minorities. In essence, it serves to ensure that the changing views of a majority do not undermine the fundamental values common to all Americans, i.e., freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and due process of law.”

I think it’s time to seek independent, impartial individuals who come to the counsel table with no preconceived prejudices, biases nor concealed debts, just an eagerness to arbitrate fairly and equitably.

Laurie Lee

New Smyrna Beach