This spring, I was fortunate enough to be hired as the Communications and Philanthropy summer intern at Bordas & Bordas. Each week is a new adventure, and I can honestly say that I have been so busy with a variety of different tasks that it seems impossible to become bored. My first few weeks here were a bit overwhelming, especially after meeting the large, but very friendly staff. I learned so many different names that I almost felt the need to make flash cards to study so I would know who everyone was. Since I didn't really get the chance to chat and get to know many of my co-workers, I think it would be appropriate if I let everyone know a little about my past. I am a Shadyside High School 2011 Alum, and will be heading into my senior year at West Liberty University in August. I am a public relations major and marketing minor, which has opened up many doors of opportunity for me. Although I have worked hard to get where I am thus far, I have to give some credit to the little jobs that have taught me to have a strong work ethic from the beginning.
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We still do not have all of the details surrounding what happened to the Malaysian Airline's flight that was shot down over the Ukraine border last week. It seems clear enough, however, that the plane was brought down by a military-grade surface-to-air missile and that the plane, carrying hundreds of innocent civilians, was hit while cruising at over 30,000 feet. I served in the United States Army as a Field Artillery Officer and it was part of my job to direct fire, including rocket and missile fire if need be. Regardless of the circumstances, I had an obligation to do what I could to verify the identity of any target I meant to destroy. Assuming what happened over Ukraine last week wasn't a deliberate act of terrorism, and at the very least, whichever entity fired the missile failed to verify that they were shooting at a legitimate combat aircraft instead of a civilian airliner. Due to the previous statement, fault for this catastrophe lies exclusively at the feet of whomever fired the missile and any command and control system that authorized the shot.
For those of you that received an AARP bulletin/newspaper, you will note in theJuly-August 2014 edition that there was a special report on antipsychotics in nursing homes. This article, written by Jan Goodwin, discusses a case involving Patricia Thomas, who went to a California nursing home with a broken pelvis. The only prescriptions that she had used were for blood pressure and cholesterol, and she had an inhaler for a pulmonary disease. By the time she was discharged 18 days later, her daughter claims she wasn't her mother anymore. She was withdrawn, slumped in a wheelchair, head down, chewing on her hand, and her speech was garbled. Within a week, she was dead. She ultimately filed suit against the nursing home, and a representative for AARP learned of the suit and wrote the special report. AARP quoted Charlene Harington, a professor of nursing and sociology at the University of California San Francisco, who stated that as many as 1 in 5 patients in the nation's 15,500 nursing homes are given antipsychotic drugs that are not only unnecessary, but also extremely dangerous for older patients. She continued to say that the problem stems from inadequate training and chronic understaffing, as well as an aggressive push by pharmaceutical companies to market their products.
The news recently broke that Valley Pain Management in McMechen, West Virginia has been reusing needles and using the same vial of medicine or saline on more than one patient. Even those who use intravenous drugs know that the first rule of "shooting up" is to always use a new needle. So how could medically trained professionals fail to follow this simple rule? Valley Pain Management is run by Dr. Roland Chalifoux, a doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Chalifoux practiced in Texas until his license was revoked because of his substandard treatment of patients. He was originally brought up on charges of providing substandard care to thirteen patients. The Board found that the care was bad enough in three of those cases to revoke his license.
Last year at this time, I was spending a week at Bethany College coaching the West Virginia All-Stars in preparation for the annual OVAC All-Star Football Game. I must admit that serving as the defensive coordinator in that game was one of the highlights of my coaching career. That career began in 1995. Since that time, I have coached in Notre Dame Stadium, coached with some incredible former Notre Dame coaches in an all-star game, served as a high school head coach, and have coached in and won seven state championship games. But the annual OVAC Charity game has a special meaning to me. It brings together the best that our Valley has to offer for one night. On that night, Wheeling Park and John Marshall fans root for the same team. Bellaire and Martins Ferry residents sit side by side as they cheer for the Buckeye state. And, players that battled each other for four years now put aside former rivalries to take on players from the other side of the river.
This year finds me unable to run in the race I have participated in for the last two years due to a family commitment. That sent me on a hunt to find some other worthy cause that would allow me to give back to the community in my own small way. I didn't want the summer to go by without participating in something, so I started researching other activities in the local area supporting worthy causes. Drum roll please! I have decided to participate in the 7 th Annual RunWalkRoll Race for Mobility on July 19 th . All proceeds go to the Free Wheelchair Mission. What a worthy cause! Many people unable to afford a wheelchair can receive one through the Mission, not only in the United States but all over the world. To restore dignity and independence to people who are unable to walk is indeed a race worth running. You can sign up by filling out the registration form here: http://www.runwalkandroll.net/docs/2014_race_application.pdf
That time of year has finally arrived. It's time to get your Jambo on. Get the week started the right way with Jamie Bordas and Chris Regan on the Bordas & Bordas Legal Review's very special Jamboree in the Hills edition. Learn about the pitfalls, dangers, and opportunities to wind up on the wrong side of the law in this highly produced, carefully polished, and surprisingly popular television program.
My youngest daughter is 5-years-old today. While Mamma is at work, she is busy making Oreo pudding cups with her brother, Charles, and sister, Aleigha. Later, we have a special evening planned: she is getting a new bike and a hula hoop. What's the big deal? Kids celebrate their birthdays all the time, but this is very different; it's extra special to me.
LeBron is coming home. And you should care. Yes, you. Those of you who have never seen an NBA game should care. Those of you who hate everything about anything associated with Cleveland should care. And especially those of you with kids, you should really care. I have never been enamored with LeBron James. I have always respected his ability as a basketball player. I have been amazed by his combination of size, power, and agility. And, I have been impressed by his championships and MVP awards. But, as someone who grew up in the heart of the Michael Jordan era, I found it difficult to root for LeBron.
In Exodus, chapter two, we learn the story of the birth of Moses. Endangered in his own homeland, his mother hides Moses for three months. As time goes on, she can no longer keep him safe -Pharaoh had declared that all Jewish children would be drowned - so she placed him in a basket of papyrus to hide him amidst the reeds of the Nile. Pharaoh's daughter discovered Moses, took pity on him, and protected him, eventually treating him as her own son. Ex. 2:1-25 . Some years later, Moses saw a burning bush, and the rest is history. When I was young, I remember being troubled when our parish priest would read from the Gospel of Matthew and preach about the famous parable of the sheep and the goats . That parable of course teaches us that whatever we do for the least of our brothers, we have done that for Jesus: "For I was hungry, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me . . . And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." I took the words too literally; and since I had only one brother, a big brother who beat me up regularly, I had a hard time understanding what I was supposed to do for him or what good it would do me to feed him. He was already twice my size.