Not giv­ing credit where it is due

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Felice Sage, Joe McGowan Jr.,

“GOP split on what to do next,” July 29 news story.

In a news ar­ti­cle fea­tured on the front page of The Den­ver Post, it was re­ported that the Repub­li­can-only ef­fort to pass a par­tial re­peal of the Af­ford­able Care Act with­out a plan for re­place­ment was de­feated by no votes from “[John] McCain and two other Re­pub­li­cans.” Se­ri­ously?

The fact is that Repub­li­can Sens. Su­san Collins and Lisa Murkowski had al­ready com­mit­ted to their no votes with no guar­an­tee that their sac­ri­fice would be re­warded with any­thing other than find­ing them­selves on the wrong side of a Repub­li­can vic­tory. Murkowski, in par­tic­u­lar, stood her ground calmly in the face of pres­sure, threats and in­sults that her fel­low Re­pub­li­cans dared not de­ploy against McCain.

As so of­ten hap­pens, the no-drama courage of th­ese women goes barely noted while a man, step­ping in for a star­ring turn in the spot­light with vic­tory as­sured, gets all the credit.

The Den­ver Post wrote about prob­lems po­lice have with peo­ple hav­ing epilep­tic seizures. A man with a seizure bat­tled po­lice and was charged with sec­ond-de­gree as­sault. His fam­ily sued.

Let’s give the po­lice a break, folks. If peo­ple with prob­lems would carry a med­i­cal ID, a lot of le­gal bat­tles could be avoided. Med­i­cal sup­pli­ers or doc­tors can sup­ply wrist or neck tags show­ing the med­i­cal prob­lem. A com­pany called RoadID sells tags that lace into shoes, or are for wrists and the neck.

I have worn Road­IDs on my shoes for years. I do not have a med­i­cal prob­lem, but if I were hit by a car or passed out, first re­spon­ders would im­me­di­ately have my name, ad­dress, wife’s name, phone num­ber, blood type. The tags cost about $25 and can be pur­chased by call­ing 800-345-6336.

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