We need to provide all kids with health care
As a resident in pediatrics, I see day to day the consequences of a health care “system” that does not provide all children with comprehensive health coverage.
In the recession of the past year we have seen increasing numbers of children that have lost health care. Right in front of me, one mother was brought to tears over the risk of losing her home when her child was hospitalized with a bone infection requiring six weeks of IV antibiotics.
Too many families are facing difficult decisions at a time when their focus should be helping their child get well. Without low cost, comprehensive health insurance, children are at risk of delay in care for potentially life threatening conditions.
In California, there were almost 700,000 children without health coverage at last count in 2007. Elected officials in Sacramento are considering closing our successful Healthy Families program, needed more than ever during a recession. We need national health care reform legislation that includes coverage for all children that is affordable, comprehensive and simple to navigate. Children can’t wait.
Serena Black, M.D.
Frustrated about bureaucratic process
On July 9 I attended yet another Planning Commission meeting discussing wind energy. I had applied for a permit to install a wind generator before and was told to wait for the council to get an ordinance together. At this meeting I was told with a great deal of certainty by members of the council that if I applied for a use permit again it would be granted. A few days later I received a letter from the new city planner stating she recommended the permit not be approved until the new ordinance is approved.
It has been over a year since the Planning Commission has been “drafting” an ordinance. This is not rocket science. I have submitted sample ordinances from other cities, specs on the machines, noise tests, everything they could possibly want. How long should this process realistically take? At this rate we will have the first machine in Del Norte County installed somewhere around the year 2020 (that’s next week in bureaucratic time).
The new technology machines are no more visually obtrusive or dangerous than a street light. They are no more noisy than the wind blowing through the trees. In this time when we are looking for renewable energy it would seem to behoove us to step into the future rather than looking back at the past and be among some of the forward looking communities rather than the opposite.
There is another Planning Commission meeting on Aug. 13 with this issue on the agenda yet again. I would urge anyone interested in renewable energy to attend and voice their opinion. The more people we have asking to look to the future, the quicker we can escape from the past.
I have a suggestion. Why not take a very small amount from the sale of the fireworks citywide to go toward cleanup on the beach?
Afterward it was littered with burned fireworks casings and plastic pieces that make up the rockets. The money could go toward a lunch for volunteers or a prize for the team with the most trash.
Just a thought.