Dave Hansen’s photographs will be missed by all

The Newport Daily News is losing a magnificent photographer with the departure of Dave Hansen. Not only did he do a wonderful job of capturing the high-profile events and the community happenings, but his breathtaking photographs of the region’s beauty, the glimpses he offered of life’s smaller moments on the island, are the essence of Newport.

Over the years, as a museum curator and lover of Newport, I have looked forward to Hansen’s photographic interpretations. I wish him continued success in his new endeavors.

Nancy Whipple Grinnell, Newport, curator emerita at Newport Art Museum

 

Fundraisers should be for people in need

Why are there fundraisers for stupid un-needy things like art and so forth, when fundraisers should be helping people in need of real needy things?

On Aug. 29, I turn 75. A few years ago I had hip surgery. A year to the day later I was diagnosed with acute neuropathy, later Parkinson's and now, five months later, intestinal disease. All of this on top of Lyme disease that went undetected while inpatient at the hospital for eight days. Because of the first two diseases, I was told by hospital personnel that they didn’t want to release me unless I had a ramp coming in and out of my home. I also have a sunken living room with no ramp either.

The hospital gave my 86-year-old husband places to call to get one. No such luck. Our insurance doesn’t cover it nor does Medicare. Nothing does.

I have three married children — my daughter’s husband is dying, my oldest son is married and lives in South Carolina. His mother-in-law has stage 4 cancer. And my son has the same diseases that I have except for Lyme disease. A third adopted son is a police officer, married with a 1-year-old child.

I'm a Newporter and want to pass in my own home. I don’t like being a prisoner in the house all day. No fresh air or sunshine — which will be gone soon when the winter come. My home and doctor’s appointments — that is it for this prisoner.

Go out to eat? A joke. People stare when you have Parkinson's. But I still try, I won’t give up.

As for the ramp, I’m lost and have nowhere to turn. I’m not a veteran but I helped so many working parents on and off this island. And yes, it felt rewarding to me, I loved each and every child I cared for. The kids and babies were as happy as I was. Pictures of everyone and tons of letters of recommendations from their parents. All grown and married now.

Can I say poor me now? I have had cancer twice and beat it, but I can’t beat this problem alone.

Marianne Rhodes, Newport