The folks at the Hubbard City Café told me that President Obama might want to learn something from Hubbard before he releases the prisoners at Gitmo. It seems that Hubbard’s two most prominent psychiatric patients were living in the town’s only Rest Home. The local mayor, Tommie Lee Fulton, got some complaints and wanted to release them from the home.
Ralph and Edna were the two patients in the retirement home which is located right beside the City Park’s swimming pool.
One day while they were walking past the pool Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end. He sank to the bottom and stayed there.
Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out. When the Head Nurse, Bobbie Nell Floyd, became aware of Edna's heroic act, and wanting to please the Mayor, she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital. She now considered Edna to be mentally stable.
When she went to tell Edna the news she said, “Edna, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you're being discharged, since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of your fellow patient. I have concluded that your act displays a sound mind”.
“The bad news is, Ralph hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he's dead.”
Edna replied, “He didn't hang himself, I put him there to dry. How soon can I go home?"
We might run into the same kind of things when these folks start leaving Gitmo.
Billy Roy Meechum says, “if Gitmo ain’t broke don’t fix it”.