07-13-2017 Letters and Commentary


Great Lakes Drone Company proud to give back to the community during the Watervliet Independence Day Weekend Celebration

Dear Editor,

Great Lakes Drone Company (GLDC) and staff wanted to thank the community of Watervliet for allowing us to participate with this year’s 2017 Independence Day Celebration.  GLDC was proud to be able to give back to the community by donating their time and services to this year’s Independence Day celebration.  As a local community business we wanted to show the positives of drones as we showcased our newest technology in entertainment by offering The Drone Light Show services and by doing aerial coverage of some of the weekend events such as the parade and Mudd Run.

We are excited to share that The Drone Light Show held on Saturday night is technology that can only be used at this level by two companies in the United States, Intel and Great Lakes Drone Company.  Since this is fairly new technology we were aware that there would be some “bugs” along the way.

Thanks to the crowd for working through our three drones that had developed slight flight control issues, in which we terminated their flight profiles as soon as we noticed them.   We would like to emphasize safety is always paramount during our productions in which none of our staff, or public are ever at risk.

Highlighting the community of Watervliet, as far as we know, by being the first ever documented public drone light show in conjunction with a community fireworks display in the country was exciting.  The show ending with the U.S. Flag being flown in coordination with fireworks and tune of “Proud to be an American” in the background was awesome to hear the crowd’s pride and cheers of excitement.

We are glad the community was there to show its support and we look forward to working with community organizations in the future!  A recap video was posted with local photos and aerial video of the events to help stimulate future growth of our local hometown festivities on our Facebook page.

Thank you

Matt Quinn

Great Lakes Drone Company

Charlie Gard case is not that unique

Dear Editor,

The ongoing Charlie Gard case in Britain has garnered great attention and even drawn President Donald Trump and Pope Francis into the fray. Charlie’s parents are currently in court fighting to take their son to America for a last-ditch experimental treatment.

Despite this attention the issue at the center of Charlie’s case-futile care theory-has not been sufficiently explored.

There are legitimate end-of-life situations when medical care is truly futile and could actually harm a patient. Futile care theory goes beyond medical judgments, however. It subverts the definition of “futile” by using “quality of life” as the important standard. It doesn’t just mean a patient’s personal desires, but allows others to determine a patient’s quality of life for them. A medical treatment can be wanted and working yet deemed “futile” if doctors or insurance companies decide the patient isn’t worth their effort.

Let’s explore futile care theory in action through the example of one of our own staff members.

Genevieve Marnon works in our Lansing office on legislative issues. Genevieve’s father, Bob Tank, suffered from a terminal chronic condition. Bob wasn’t ready to die and was enjoying the twilight of his life with his family.

One day severe pains brought him to the hospital with a dangerous blood clot. Genevieve said once the hospital staff learned of his chronic condition their zeal to treat him disappeared. Bob was conscious and expressing a will to live while in the hospital, but that didn’t prevent a secret do-not-resuscitate order being placed in his file and other serious problems.

The only thing Bob wanted was treatment for his acute condition so he could go home and prepare for his death at some point in the future. The hospital decided for him that his life was “futile” and not worth it.