Dupont grants daughter, dad a special moment
Sept. 28 was supposed to be a day for my daughter, Danielle, and me to remember for the rest of our lives. I was supposed to walk my only daughter down the aisle. All those plans changed on Sept. 23 when I went to Dupont Hospital.
After running tests in the ER, I was admitted. I wanted to get out in time for my daughter's wedding. Two days before the wedding, I was told I was not going to be discharged anytime soon. My daughter was heartbroken and the nurses knew I was, too.
On Sept. 27, hospital staff had something planned for my daughter and me. She was going to surprise me in her wedding gown, but both of us had no idea what the hospital had in mind. When my daughter got to the hospital, valet attendants told her they wanted me to go to the chapel because they had something nice planned for us. My nurse told me I had an X-ray and needed to put some clothes on. The nurse and aide wheeled me down to the chapel. I kept looking for my daughter. The nurse had me stand up and walk toward the chapel. When I walked inside, there stood my daughter in her wedding dress. The hospital provided us a cake, water and flowers. They had a spot where we could do our father/daughter dance.
I am so grateful Dupont Hospital did this. It showed how they care for their patients and how even though patients can't attend certain things, the hospital and staff do the best they can to make those things still happen.
Thank you, Dupont, for making this happen for my daughter and me. Without Dupont Hospital, I would not have been able to experience any of this.
We would like to thank the person who paid for our dinner at Applebee's. It happened to be our 67th anniversary.
BUD and SHIRLEY HOCKEMEYER
Tobacco, vape crackdown 'no-brainer' for 2020
Legislators must raise the legal age for smoking and vaping, plus impose taxes to help stop a health crisis that is plaguing our state and country.
An imminent threat to young people has emerged in the form of e-cigarettes and vaping. Between 2012 and 2018, usage among Indiana high school students increased 387% and nearly as much among middle schoolers. The results have been life-threatening illnesses and deaths. One 21-year-old vaper was told he has the lungs of a 90-year-old.
Likewise, high adult smoking rates and the resulting health consequences have proven costly to our economy for decades. Yet recently, Indiana lawmakers have declined to raise the cigarette tax, enact an e-cigarette tax or increase the smoking age despite the obvious benefits.
Potential excuses for inaction include 2020 being an election year and not a budget-making session. That does not matter.
Raising the age for legal purchase of all tobacco products, taxing e-cigarettes and increasing the cigarette tax should fall into the “no-brainer” category. Families are suffering the tragic consequences of these addictions. Voters have already shown strong support for these common-sense moves.
There can be no more excuses.
Kevin M. Brinegar
President and CEO
Indiana Chamber of Commerce