Letters to the Editor

Posted: Thursday, January 02, 2003

Sound decisions can only be made when all circumstances considered

Wow! There's a lot of hurting folks out there!

Listen, I'm just an ordinary guy who doesn't usually write letters to the editor, but after reading other letters concerning this subject, I felt constrained to write this one.

The letters I am referring were in response to the need for the new dental clinic in Soldotna and in particular comments by Dr. Dan Pitts in an article written by the Clarion on this subject.

To be honest, I can't tell you if this new dental clinic will help the community or not. I can't tell you what the pro or cons of it are. As a matter of fact, I really don't have a full understanding of the issue. However, I do know Dr. Pitts and the crew at the Soldotna Dental Clinic and have for many years now. This is the main reason for drafting this letter.

In all the years I have known Dr. Pitts, never have I seen him or anyone at the clinic turn away people who are in serious pain or immediate danger. As a matter of fact, I can remember back to a time when our family was struggling and required immediate dental work. Dr. Pitts went out of his way, several times, during this period to be the Good Samaritan and help us with those dental needs!

Dr. Pitts is not Superman. I'm sure he makes his fair share of mistakes just like the rest of us. However, he is a good man, a good dentist and his employees are good people.

So why do I say all of this? So that, as we read these letters to the editor (yes, even this one!), we'll avoid making judgment calls based upon one-sided arguments or statements. Instead, let's make good sound decisions based upon all the facts and circumstances involved. This needs to be done regardless of the issue, whether that is deciding on the justification of a new dental clinic or the reputation of an existing dental doctor and clinic!

Please, don't misunderstand me. We should feel a compelling need to help all who have deep struggles or are in pain. However, we must understand that there are many circumstances involved in these types of situations. What I am saying is that we need to use wisdom and understanding with each of them as they come across our path.

One final comment. Remember the words a wise man once said: "A soft answer turns away wrath."

Thank you,

Bob Nath


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