Is it really true that I am urging you not to vote? Yes, it’s partly true. Quite possibly you have an interest in several of the local races and may feel passionately about one or more races. It could be Measure A or any of the three local countywide races for office.
On behalf of my fellow Board members and our Medical Executive Committee of the medical staff of Sutter Coast Hospital, I would like to share what differences you can expect to see as a patient or consumer of health services if Sutter Coast Hospital is granted approval to become a Critical Access Hospital (CAH).
Looking at the beautiful computer-generated picture of the proposed new Middle Fork Smith River Bridge on Highway 199 on the front page of the May 7 edition of the Triplicate, one might wonder why anyone would be opposed to the creation of such an impressive structure. What is not shown or told, which misleads the public on the real impact of this Caltrans project, are the 16,000 cubic yards of earth that are to be removed to widen a curve, exposing a huge cut creating soil erosion into our pristine Smith River. The current bridge has not been condemned from old age. The new bridge is primarily proposed to allow the largest STAA trucks to travel this narrow winding highway, creating increasingly unsafe industrial driving conditions for the common motorist on our Smith River scenic roadway.
Under the heading “good news and bad news” comes this: the good news is that according to California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office, the state will end this budget year with a surplus of $5.6 billion. That’s $4.5 billion more than was anticipated.
Big government types are spending a lot of time and money trying to scare us into voting no on Measure A — trying to convince us that a yes vote on Measure A would cast us forever into a failed State of Jefferson.
Editor’s note: It is the Triplicate’s election season policy to limit election-related missives to letters of 400 words or less. This Coastal Voices is an exception to allow fairness in response to regular Triplicate columnist Bob Berkowitz’s “Did You Know” column on the same topic printed last week (“Was Measure A fix in all the time?” May 3).
Since February, political consultant Bob Berkowitz has been writing an opinion column in the Triplicate. Although I rarely agree with Bob, I respect his right to express his view. However, Bob’s column last Saturday crossed the bounds of propriety. His irresponsible accusation that a recent vote by the County Board of Education was “fixed” is not supported by a shred of evidence.
Because of hydraulic fracturing in states like North Dakota and Wyoming, Californians and other Americans have enjoyed lower natural gas prices over the last two winters than anytime in the last 15 years. That continues right up to this moment.
I have often made the mistake of making a decision after hearing only one side of an argument. When I discovered all of the facts I got a different perspective that presented the problem in a different light. Making that mistake as an individual is one thing. Making it as a member of a public body that spends taxpayer dollars is another matter.