December 22, 2017 Radio Commentary

Three Days from Christmas

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, December 22, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

On this December 22nd I want to read part of a law Congress passed 22 years ago.  This amazing document was crafted in the United States Congress in 1995 as S. 1322.  It became law November 8, 1995.  This is what it says:

“The Congress makes the following findings:  Each sovereign nation, under international law and custom, may designate its own capitol.  Since 1950 the city of Jerusalem has been the capitol of the State of Israel.  The city of Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s President, Parliament; and Supreme Court, and the site of numerous government ministries and social and cultural institutions.

“The city of Jerusalem is the spiritual center of Judaism, and is also considered a holy city by the members of other religious faiths.

“From 1948-1967, Jerusalem was a divided city and Israeli citizens of all faiths as well as Jewish citizens of all states were denied access to holy sites in the area controlled by Jordan. In 1967, the city of Jerusalem was reunited during the conflict known as the Six Day War. Since 1967, Jerusalem has been a united city administered by Israel, and persons of all religious faiths have been guaranteed full access to holy sites within the city. Continue reading

December 15, 2017 Radio Commentary

Telemedicine and Nurses

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, December 15, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Most of us know a lot’s going on in healthcare on the national front, but things are happening here, too.  For example, a nine-member study committee authorized by S.R. 188 that passed March 28th recommends ways to remove barriers between patients and adequate health care in Georgia.

After the legislature adjourned, that committee met several times to hear from private practice health professionals, as well as two Georgia officials – one from the Department of Community Health and another from the Department of Public Health.

The committee’s goal is to improve Georgia’s overall health care rank, which is currently 41st in the nation.  To do that, they want to expand the authority of nurse practitioners and advanced practice registered nurses.  Many nurse practitioners are in private practice, maybe with their own office or under supervision of a family physician.  But, commonly, they work in community clinics, where they may see the same families for many years.

Advanced practice registered nurses have at least a Master’s Degree in Nursing, but may specialize as a nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, anesthetist or clinical nurse specialist. Knowing the difference between the advanced practice nurse and the nurse practitioner is important, because legislation that may be introduced in 2018 could authorize them to write prescriptions for medication. Continue reading

November 2017 Newsletter

Confederate Monument Bills Prefiled for 2018 Session

“During the period which begins on November 15 of each calendar year and ends on the Friday before the second Monday in January of the following calendar year, bills and resolutions considered for introduction in the General Assembly may be prefiled with the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House as authorized in this Code section.”
– O.C.G.A. 28-1-17, Prefiling Law, 1994

At this writing, one Senate bill and three House bills have been prefiled for the next session of the Georgia General Assembly, which convenes January 8, 2018. Although prefiled bills receive permanent identification numbers, they must be officially introduced during the session. Then, they are assigned to committees for appropriate action. Two of those prefiled bills alter current laws that protect Georgia’s Confederate monuments and memorials.

Prefiled Legislation, Confederate Monuments, State Symbols

S.B. 302, Public Monuments, prefiled by Senator Elena Parent on November 15th, and H.B. 650, State Symbols, prefiled November 15th by Representative Mary Margaret Oliver, change current law as follows: (a) A state or local governmental agency or department that owns a monument, plaque, marker, or memorial, may not remove, alter, or conceal it from display until a resolution is adopted to authorize the change. (b) Also, if a private entity owns a monument, plaque, marker, or memorial that’s located on public property, the public property owner may remove such object from display and return it to the private owner. A lawsuit may be filed by any person or entity that suffers injury or damages as a result of violations.

ACTION – Contact your senator and representative in the Georgia General Assembly to comment on this issue.

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December 1, 2017 Radio Commentary

Visas and Terrorism

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, December 1, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Last year, when Governor Nathan Deal asked for an immediate halt to the sending of refugees into Georgia, a U.N. official rejected his request, increased the allotment, and sent even more refugees to Georgia, and they’re in no danger of being sent back.  Often, they are sent in the dead of night without local notification.  So, communities don’t know when they’re coming or where they’ll be placed, but they’re here to stay and thrive on generous welfare benefits – from cash to job training and everything in between.

The terrorist who rented a pick-up truck to mow down New York pedestrians and bicyclists was the contact for 23 others to come from Uzbekistan to join him here.  But he was not a refugee.  He got a visa in 2010 through the 1990 Diversity Visa Program that annually brings in 50,000 nationals from six different regions.  To qualify for the program, refugees must have a high school education or two years of work experience.  Once a refugee enters the U.S. under the that program, an unlimited number of relatives can come, too, but that may change soon.

On February 13th U.S. Senators Cotton of Arkansas and Perdue of Georgia introduced, S.354, the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act, also known as the RAISE Act.  It was assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee of eleven Republicans and nine Democrats.  Republican Senator Chuck Grassley is chairman. Continue reading