To the Editor:
Lynne Hummell’s column in the last Bluffton Sun (Sept. 14) was thought-provoking as well as humorous, as usual! I never thought about my having a “permanent record” of some sort floating around in the universe. And if I did, it’s nothing that would concern me.
What her column DID get me thinking about was my computer records. Meaning, if I pass into the Great Beyond overnight, what’s going to happen to all the stuff on my computer, i.e., the emails in my inbox waiting for a reply, my “sent” folder, my “trash” folder (which I do delete on occasion)?
It would be up to my significant other to bother with getting rid of all that. And believe me, he wouldn’t care what was on my computer, let alone all those hard-copy medical, subscription, and miscellaneous documents I’ve got in labeled folders in the file drawer.
But think about it: Would you have an issue with anyone – after you pass – poring through the myriad of communications on your computer? That email from a very close friend pouring her heart out to you in exquisite detail; or your response, in which you may have shared some personal details meant only for her eyes.
At the end of the day, once you’ve ventured to the Other Universe, other than your will and certain legal documents, nothing will matter anymore in terms of records. But, at least thinking about this prompts one to make a concerted effort to clear out those old hard-copy file folders and the stuff in one’s computer files. For me, this will be an ongoing, endless process.
To the Editor:
I enjoyed reading Mayor Sulka’s commentary (Bluffton Sun, Sept. 14) on the fine officers of the Bluffton Police Department. It reminded me of an event I witnessed a few years ago.
I drove to the Publix on Baylor early one morning and witnessed a man grunting while violently trying to pull a traffic sign out of the ground. The store manager had already called the police. Three cars arrived and three officers exited (two males and one female). The manager and I were the only witnesses.
As one officer approached the man at a distance, the other two hung back and did not intervene, but rather stood as backup if needed. The officer repeatedly stated “Get down on the ground or I will taze you.” He calmly kept repeating this as well as asking. “What is your name?” and “What drug did you take?”
The unresponsive man kept at the sign. Sometime, unbeknownst to me, one of the officers called EMS, as an ambulance arrived shortly.
After about a half hour of this stand-off, the man, exhausted from his efforts, collapsed to the ground, at which time the lead officer cuffed him and had EMS remove him. All three officers showed great patience and compassion for someone who was either mentally ill or high on drugs. No physical confrontation ever took place.
We should all be respectful of and thankful for the wonderful public servants we have.