In my medical practice, I have patients from every walk of life ... from every kind of job, from every level of income, from every political leaning ... from every demographic group represented in Del Norte County.
I have learned to keep my social and political opinions to myself because my primary concern is to provide good and safe medical care to everyone, not to persuade someone that my opinion on an issue is somehow more valid simply because I’m a doctor.
However, sometimes issues arise about which I cannot remain silent. Sometimes I hear or read misinformation being circulated which I feel endangers my patients ... people with whom I have developed not only a professional but also a personal relationship over my 11 years of practice in this community, people who rely on me to watch out for them and their health. There are times when I must take a stand, whether or not it alienates a few of my “customers,” because simply it’s the right thing to do.
If you needed another reminder that Del Norte leans right politically, even if we do have about the same number of registered Democrats as Republicans, the LifeStyles Research Co. poll released over the weekend does the trick.
Even though slightly more Democrats were included in the survey of 240 likely voters, 53.8 percent said they would vote for the GOP’s Meg Whitman for governor, while only 37.2 percent supported Democrat Jerry Brown. The gap is even wider for lieutenant governor, with Republican Abel Maldonado leading Democrat Gavin Newsom 50.4 percent to 28.5 percent.
The fact is, we may be the second-most conservative coastal county in California after Orange. We even went for McCain in the Obama landslide of ’08.
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