LETTERS: Considering the long-term survival capacity; low numbers of intensive care capacity | Opinion

Consider long-term survivability

In response to Representative Tim Geitner’s feeling of “disgust” at UC Health’s decision regarding kidney transplant eligibility, I am not sure I am more appalled at his ignorance of medical ethics or his the apparent belief that our healthcare providers have unlimited resources to meet the dearest treatment desires of each individual, regardless of the healthcare choices that are made.

It is fundamental in decision-making in medical ethics that treatment decisions include a utilitarian, “common good” analysis, as resources are limited and the likelihood of the patient’s long-term survival must be taken into account. Thus, limited medical resources should not be spent when a patient’s prognosis will not benefit from a procedure. As the evidence clearly indicates, COVID vaccination is a factor in a person’s survival, well-established medical ethics decision-making criteria dictate that it be considered before spending resources. limited that may benefit others.

More than just a donor, a kidney transplant requires two surgical teams, two operating theaters, two hospital beds and the services of overwhelmed and understaffed nurses. The medical establishment acts with integrity and ethics in assessing that the common good is best served by using limited resources on a single individual choosing to compromise their long-term survival by not being vaccinated, or if they are best served by using these resources elsewhere.

Representative Geitner seems to have forgotten that in a community with limited resources, individual decision-making often has to give way to the common good.

David Geislinger

Colorado Sources

Low number of intensive care capacities

I found it interesting that today’s newspaper headline on the alarm over low capacity in intensive care does not mention that, according to CDPHE, only 11% of occupied beds had confirmed or suspected COVID patients.

Anita Kraus Lane, MD

Colorado Sources

Certainly a radical centrist

Lately I’ve been wondering what I should call myself based on my political and social beliefs, and now I know it, thanks to Barry Fagin’s column in the October 7th newspaper. I am definitely a radical centrist! With some minor disagreements with what he thinks is total nonsense, I totally agree with his position on all of these issues. If only more Americans adopted / could adopt these common sense approaches to so many issues that divide us, maybe our country wouldn’t be in such a mess.

I just pray that it is not too late as I have grandchildren and fear for their future if changes are not made, and soon. I look forward to his take on what we radical centrists need to do. I’m listening.

Marsha Magnone

Colorado Sources

Cautious or careless traders

Cathy Miller’s perspective on tradespeople in Colorado Springs struck a chord with us. Thirty years ago my wife and I designed the house of our dreams and rented it out to be built in the Black Forest. It was a sad story of the good, the bad and the ugly.

Over the past 10 years we have had many improvements starting with some brand name replacement windows. They left some of the interior grilles obviously crooked, but that was easily adjusted, and the experience turned out otherwise. Then we did major renovations to accommodate an aging parent. We hired a contractor from Woodland Park and could not have been happier. Since then we have hired the same contractor to do flood repairs and bathroom remodeling. We were delighted every time.

More recently we bought more replacement windows, but this time we hired a company that has been advertising on the radio almost since the house was built. If they’ve been in business and in advertising for over 25 years, you’d think they must be doing something right. But not in our case. Their recklessness was so severe that we wondered if it could be really malicious. We were surprised to learn that this company is based in Denver.

We also had a roof replacement by a company linked by our friends at Woodland Park, and an exterior paint by a company referred by a neighbor, both with good results.

There might be a lesson in the geographic distribution of cautious verses and careless traders, but I don’t know what it is.

Mark Holzrichter

Colorado Sources

Stop telling others how to live

About the “Stop Thinking About Yourself” letter, October 3:

The only thing Peter Locke got right is that it’s “mine and your choice” to do. It is not his or anyone else’s choice to do, for me and for you. He is not the parent of other people’s children. So stop trying to deny us our parental rights.

If you want to lose all of your freedoms and freedoms that we have in the United States, it’s your choice. But I don’t want to and it’s my choice.

Please stop pretending you know everything. Note: If the vaccines are as strong and effective as you think they are, you have nothing to fear from people who choose not to be vaccinated (for whatever reason).

Please stop telling me and others how to live our lives and stop telling us that you care about others more than we do.

And if you are so scared then you stay home.

Larry V. Bierman

Colorado Sources

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