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The Stillwater Iournal Thursday, April 8 - Page 4 - By Lawrence,Gibbs ' Perhaps you read of the death Earl Newsom has provided a,What s next? How far are they ;~ ~,f Sam Fennema in another pretty good story about Cyclin going to carry this privacy busi- ', ,ewspapcr somewhere. San]. It's on today's front page ness? !'robably you didn't, and it's recommended. Church bulletins list in alpha- Don't know the name Sam To local Scouters in the area, betical order members of the I ennema? You may have you will find of interest the fact congregation who are hospital- k own him, but not know it. that Sam was an Explorer Post ized. Guess that has just slipped Arthur Edmundson knew him. leader for years and years and by the do-gooders. You stayed away from him," went on the 12-day Philmont This group hasn't thought of it dmundson said one day last Trek, now get this, fbr 29 yet, but what about the loud week over coffee at Ronald's. years! speaker in the clinic calling for Bob Hesser knew him. Over a We wouldn't mind getting a the next patient: "Mr. Gibbs." burger at a local beanery Hesser warning -or even a real cita- We don't want that roomful of ,ecalled how Fennema had tion - from a guy like that! sick strangers knowing it's real- ~,iven him his driving test. His GG ly us waiting in line. ,rod told Fennema he was a Somebody is hiding behindOr the announcement at Joe's ii rm boy and had to have his the Health Insurance Portability proclaiming "Mr. Gibbs, table I icense, and Accountability Act for 5." When will that become a 'lte made me drive around (ttlPAA) and that's why we violation of our privacy. All Ihe block around City ttall," don't know about our friends beaneries will have to get the I lesser said. When they got and neighbors being in the hos- pagers for waiting clientele. ,ack, he said t-lesser couldn't pital. And they better cut out calling d, ive, but try it again. And HIPAA does spell out someour name at the airline counter , ound they went. Hesser got guidelines that go too far, but when a space is available and iris license, but Fennema said, they don't go all the way to say we get the seats. "Mr. and Mrs. "" ~nd I can take it away from it is illegal to give out names of Gibbs." What if we were flying 3ou, too." patients period. Granted there with our "niece" that day and Now you want the rest of the are conditions, but it can be everyone knew Peggy was ,aory? done. home at work. Sam Fennema, you see, was Why do other newspapers -Mark it down, folks. This ';tillwater's most legendary namely The Daily Oklahoman - wimping on HIPAA is just motorcycle cop. He was the receive the names and print another example of letting our "notorious Cyclin' Sam." Inthem'? gummit is going overboard. l~ter years, his moniker was We took the time to read the What we need is to get the c,~tended to "'Cyclin" Sam the local hospital's posted guide- City Commission and County Safety Man" when his interest lines involving HIPAA. It does- Commission to issue a procla- children's safety was wit- n't mention how a newspaper is marion protesting this HIPAA ,cssed by all. it) get names of patients. We business. Our first encounter with inquired at the registration GG ~ 'yclin' Sam was in the back- desk. We asked to see the form Sometimes a strong back and qeat of our family Chevrolet. a, incoming patient can sign to sweat can be better than one of We were driving up to visit.the get his name in the paper,them high-tech new electronical ! hunilton family of cousins, Our hospital doesn't give the gadgets. We've always been unt and tmcle and mom's sis- patient that opportunity, we amazed at the On-Star system, tot. l)ad got sirened over by were told. but this past Friday a motorist Sam on south Main. In those Remember the days on KSPI let it lie because it would take ,iays, that was the entrance into when Genc Ragsdale would call too much time. (Is lay correct? town belbre all the changes the local hospital and ask for Lie? My computer suggests wcrc made and S.H. 51 was the admissions and dismissals lie.) dressed up. and had there been a baby born Anyway, Nelda Helt was driv- We don't recall if dad actually since yesterday. And remember ing a cell of Sister Cities dele- ! or a ticket or a warning, but how the person at the hospital gates to Tulsa for an appearance whatever happened, it became would read them on the air. by the International Director of part of our family heritage. Has anyone ever complaified Sister Cities. Occupants of her Sam Fcnnema was replaced about a ItlPAA violation? car included His Highness and by Ililary l)riggs, now retired Anyone, that is, besides that Yours, the Most Supreme police chief. |3ul Cyclin" ltilary group that sits around trying to Mayor, Bud Lacy; along with didn't sound the same. think up ways to ruin America Continued Below local historian and author D. and our lifestyle. &T ?:OO&lll 0 "Lo king fOP 5te!la!" / III By Mac Crank Are you familiar with the ment? About $3,500. Stella Awards? They were A contingency fee based named for Stella Liebeck, a 79 lawyer's dream is to find a year old who, in 1992, was Stella. It's not just the lawyers awarded $2.9 million for though Juries share the culpa- spilling a cup of coffee in her bility. Good intentioned, but lap. Since then, people have unrealistic views of what out- been compiling lists of the most landish judgments really end up outrageous awards granted by costing. the court system. Hence, the Your insurance premiums Stella Awards. keep going up because of these Last week a local car dealer awards. The cost of almost shared the story of a lawyer in everything you buy takes into California who discovered consideration the cost of con- some objectionable wording in ducting business in a litigious lease agreements used by a society. A good portion of the national company specializing incredible costs of health care in financing car leases He goes directly to malpractice promptly filed a class action insurance and other services suit without an injured party, cost more due to excesses and That's right. The only plaintiff abuses of the workman's comp in the class action is the lawyer, system, meaning that employ- Bottom line is that the finance ers have to pay higher insur- company chose to settle out of ance premiums. court. Our local dealer's assess- These things impact your life in other ways as fries that your eyes on have they aren't as good to be. You can't more. This who can't control appetites have sue for willful ne inform the public ing is fattening. There's case after your life has been silly litigation where correctness dictates is responsible decisions. OK So that's the week. Don't thing to change witll legislation being especially when much Gamboling continued crossed a bridge over on the Larry Jones, local Sister Cities east end, the front left tire let director, and assistant city man- go. Nelda drew on her years ager Mary Rupp and Linda Ely and years of driving experience a S-S/Swo liaison, and brought the Caddy to a safe Well, one version of the story stop, but still on the bridge. goes that they were picking 'em From there she telephoned up and laying 'em down on the Ken, her husband/photographer. Cimarron Turnpike and as they He told her to get off the HOME FOR SALE BY OWNER 719 $. RIDGE S'rlLLWATER Quality All Brick Home 3 Bedrooms; 2 Baths 2 Car Garage w/openers Fireplace Hardwood floors Lots of Storage Large yard 372-t074 or bridge. Knowin an aided call for take too long for His Supreme up his sleeves and, assist from Jones the tire. And the road they had no luggagel before getting Ken drove their to Tulsa and parking areas fotmd where they were, and the delegates make it home on donut tire. Wasn't esting story! II just goes you've got a mayOr utized assistant who up their sleeves, show or you'll let us proves, we'll pass it: 24 Hour Se 1 Towing, Vehicle Lockouts, Pull