John Holliman: Police on Wednesday arrested Holliman, who they believe posed as a physician and rode along on a number of ambulance calls. This is alarming and unacceptable. While most medical professionals who ride in city ambulances are affiliated with University Hospital because is a trauma center and a teaching hospital, better identification policies clearly need to be in place. For starters, a code word known only to eligible physicians and emergency personnel could be used for access. This is not the first time Holliman has been accused of impersonating other people. Law enforcement officials say he has also posed as a police officer and a firefighter. While police say Holliman was strictly an observer and did not participate in any medical procedure, the fact that he could convince emergency workers that he was a physician suggests that a review of safety procedures is in order. How was this allowed to happen? Police arrested Holliman at the Cincinnati Fire Department headquarters after he was suspected of giving falsified information.
Erich Kunzel: It has become a tradition on the Fourth of July and other holidays that our renowned Cincinnati Pops conductor goes to Washington to lead the National Symphony Orchestra. This year will be no different. Kunzel, who PBS calls America's premier pops conductor, will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra in a concert that airs live from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The event, known as "A Capitol Fourth 2004," also will feature a number of representatives from different genres, including gospel's Yolanda Adams, pop's Clay Aiken, and country's Amy Grant and Vince Gill. The show will also be aired simultaneously on National Public Radio and is broadcast to military personnel in more than 135 countries by the Armed Forces Radio and Television Network. Kunzel is a great ambassador for Cincinnati, and deserves our praise and congratulations.
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