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Who is Terry Loder? Where is Terry Loder? Ever since the article by Barb Sweet, titled “A question of faith,” appeared in The Telegram, Aug. 10, I have not heard from Terry Loder or seen Terry Loder.

I have read numerous letters to the editor on this article. However, this is not a debate about a statue or idolatry worship, but something much more important — the right to privacy while in hospital. What was Terry Loder doing at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital to have “encountered an elderly woman from rural Newfoundland who seemed uncomfortable with the symbols”?

If Mr. Loder had encountered this “elderly woman” an hour before or an hour after she might have told him that she had “Visions of Johanna,” or “Dreamed (She) Saw St. Augustine” to quote the titles of two of Bob Dylan’s songs.

What other questions did he ask this elderly woman, or other elderly women? Did he ask her why she was in hospital? Did he ask her how she was treated by the nurses, doctors and other staff members? The questions could be endless, and very annoying to a sick person.

Did he not know that the professional staff in the hospital are the ones who should deal with people “who seemed uncomfortable with the symbols”? Why did he not alert some member of the staff instead of having an encounter with the lady?

The point of this story, “A question of faith,” is not that there is a statue in St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, but that a person can walk off the street into St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, wander the corridors and talk to patients.

I have not heard Eastern Health comment on this. I have not heard The Telegram comment on this nor have I heard any other news outlet comment on this.

G.A. Devereaux

Mount Pearl

Organizations: Mercy Hospital

Geographic location: Newfoundland

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  • Paul
    September 18, 2013 - 11:13

    Devereaux, not sure what your point is, other to somehow attempt to blame the messenger. Stick to the real issues raised by the Telegram article not your perceptions.

  • Walter
    September 17, 2013 - 17:12

    Suggest you again read article a question of faith, so you can find answers to your questions! Your question, what was Loder doing at St. Clare’s to encounter an elderly patient? The article states he was visiting a patient at the hospital! Loder did bring his the concerns of an elderly patient to professionals of Eastern Health. Your question “why did he not alert some member of the staff instead of having an encounter with the lady” is the complete reverse of what is indicated in telegram. Your questions “ who is terry loder and where is terry loder, have nothing to do with the article, and appear insulting unless you expect a resume to be attached to all letters to Editor! Who is G A DEVEREAUX, where is G A Devereau. Your letter is a poor attempt to divert attention away from the facts outlined near the end of the telegram article.