Physician, Heal thyself
Of all the stories we have published, the sex offender articles and pictures have received the most reader comment. We still receive e-mails and phone calls asking for copies of this paper. It was an article that made many realize how serious a problem that we, and every other rural area in America, have with sex offenders living in our neighborhoods.
Last week another story ran that seems to touch home with a lot of our readers -- the article about the medical license of Dr. Kauffman being suspended.
When this information came across my desk, I knew it was going to draw both criticism and praise -- and it has.
In the Your View column this week you will find some of the comments we have received.
Alcohol and other substance abuse is a problem whether you're a doctor or work at a blue collar job. The person who causes a wreck or a death due to alcohol or substance abuse is someone I do not want to meet on the road. The doctor with an alcohol or substance abuse problem is not someone I want to trust my grandchildren's life to.
I have no doubt that Dr. Kauffman is a caring, compassionate doctor. His patients truly love him -- and that is not an overstatement. But, instead of his patients contacting the medical board and telling them what a great doctor he is, these patients should be demanding the medical board REQUIRE Dr. Kauffman to get HELP before he makes a tragic decision that is fatal to him or a patient.
A slap on the wrist is not going to help him overcome his problems. It appears the medical board has issued several wrist slaps over the years that obviously have not worked.
This is a case where the physician needs to heal himself first.
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