To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Monday, June 17, 2024


Physician, Heal Thyself?



An open letter to U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK:

I understand that you are resting following prostate surgery in Tulsa.

I heard you during a speech in Oklahoma City tell a distraught woman with a seriously ill husband to ask the neighbors for help. And you told me once that Medicare was no good. So I’m wondering about your recent surgery.

As our PUBLIC servant, do you mind answering these questions:

Are you paying for the surgery yourself or are you asking for donations?

Did your minister perform your surgery?

Is your next-door neighbor going to change the catheter?

I am assuming with these questions that you will ask your neighbors and churches for help when you need it, not the federal government, as you advise your constituents in Town Hall meetings.

The author, a former Democratic state representative from south Oklahoma City, is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer. This letter was e-mailed to Coburn via his U.S. Senate web site.

Editor’s Note: Coburn caricature courtesy of DonkeyHotey



Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton became editor of The Observer in September 2006. Previously, he served nearly two decades as the Dallas Morning News’ Oklahoma Bureau chief. He also covered government and politics for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and the Oklahoma Journal.
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September 5, 2022
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