Pubdate: Sun, 20 Feb 2000
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI)
Copyright: 2000, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Contact:  414-224-8280
Author: Gerald Melnick


The stone-walling is starting by the staff of Taycheedah. The staff
"followed established procedure," or so claim the people involved
("Asthmatic prisoner dies after pleading for help," Feb. 15).

How long will we accept the excuses of people who hide behind the letter of
the law and ignore human decency in the process? To render medical treatment
to a person in distress is fundamental, no matter what the situation. Those
who denied Michelle Greer that right took her life.

What kind of people can make such a poor decision and then attempt to escape
responsibility by hiding behind a rule book? Laws and rules are meant to
serve the people, not the other way around!

Gerald Melnick
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