Sutter Health motivated by money, nothing more
Just when my friends and I were starting to breathe a sigh of relief, Sutter Health is back in the picture. It is not only back in the picture but it is still pushing to regionalize the hospital and turn it into “Critical Access.” It reminds me of the schoolyard bully who just won’t go away. It is very clear that Sutter Health is not thinking of our community and many of our doctors. The compelling reason for its persistence and determination is very simply the money involved and nothing more. It is certainly not concerned for us.
The community and most of our doctors do not want our hospital to be regionalized. Why, then, are our voices not being heard? We had heard that Asante Health System was very interested in our hospital and that sounded like very good news. We would not lose our hospital beds but gain the likelihood of more doctors and more equipment. Asante also has a very good reputation.
Seeking practical solutions for homeless
This time of year, every year, we hear a lot about homelessness, both pros and cons. Both sides make some good arguments, but neither side has made any headway in solving this issue.
Perhaps the focus on homelessness needs to be narrowed just a bit. While it’s true that there are hard-core homeless folks out there that have absolutely no interest in becoming employed and housed, there is a segment that would jump at the chance.
There are those in our community that, through no fault of their own have found themselves homeless. Loss of jobs due to the economy, illness or simply being under-employed may have contributed to their situation.
Some of us like to hear what Alexander has to say
I’d like to respond to Karen Olson’s Dec. 1 letter (“Spare us DA’s ramblings”) about DA Jon Alexander’s pieces in the paper.
In it, it seems she complains about the DA writing anything at all. Obviously, she has a problem with him, which would be the case whether he wrote anything or not. She prefers he be censored, evidently. That would not sit well with me or a great many members of this community who voted for him and still stand by him.
Hundreds have voiced support for Jon, many more than the 50 “koolaid” drinkers she refers to (and I prefer Tetley British Blend, thanks). We are not blinded by the rhetoric and understand better than you give us credit for.
The DA is a man who is not always easy to understand and who is not perfect. Who among us is? But he loves and respects the law and has shown an unrelenting sense of purpose, drive and dedication to our small community.
And he loves to write and wax poetic or quote a lyric or two. So? Is that forbidden now? I don’t think the majority of us have a problem with multifaceted individuals. He writes about life experiences, people worth knowing, and problems we all face.
I personally like to hear these things and, though I may not always agree, I can appreciate the viewpoint and humanity with which it was written or uttered. I don’t feel put upon or threatened if Mr. Alexander wishes to speak. He is a passionate person and not one to sit there and say nothing or mutter under his breath.
Protect the children, but gun control won't work
Accompanying the article in the Dec. 15 Triplicate about the shootings in Newtown, Conn., was a highlighted article from the Associated Press headlined, “Shooting revives gun control debate.”
Well, that’s no surprise. Every time there is a shooting, the gun control crowd campaigns for more gun control laws.
The senseless killing of 20 young children plus seven adults was an unimaginable evil act committed by an obviously disturbed “crazy” person. Such people, and acts, defy understanding by rational thought. I can not imagine anything harder to live with than losing your young child, especially by a senseless killing such as this.
What we need to do, what we all need to do, what this country needs to do, what our local government needs to do, what the school districts need to do is to protect the children.
How best, exactly, to do that I really don’t know. But I know this: More gun control laws will not do it. More gun control laws will only make it a little harder for honest, sane citizens to protect themselves and their families.
Remember the old bumper sticker cliche: “If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.” It may be trite , but the logical truth of it is obvious.
Clif Shepard, Crescent City
Godless intolerance no help for the homeless
Many people have problems with compassion and tolerance (“Homeless shelter failed, so let’s try bus tickets,” Dec. 13). These problems become obvious when they talk about the homeless.
God is loving, compassionate and tolerant to all. When these people discuss homelessness they are not living God.
God does not pick and choose who deserves compassion and tolerance. Many people think they speak for God and choose who deserves compassion and tolerance.
God is spiritual and our petty human beliefs have nothing to do with God. God is loving, kind, compassionate and tolerant, and material wealth means nothing to God.
If a homeless person lives God, that person is more worthy of God than those who judge the homeless. If we are truly living spiritual reflections of God, then our task is to learn how to reflect the attributes of God and serve God, not judge our fellows.
Miriam Felt, Crescent City
Christ’s birth shows why to help homeless
Like many fellow Del Norters, my heart was warmed by the story “Secret Santa’s Big Gift,” Dec. 13. I would like to thank that kind individual for her generous gift to our community. You touched us all.
How can Sutter Health continue stonewalling?
Sutter Coast Hospital has served our community for over 25 years. Another way of looking at that for me is that SCH has operated and managed a monopoly on health care in Del Norte County for over 25 years and that monopoly has included lucrative tax advantages.
Now, because of economic changes, the “powers that be” at Sutter Health, a not-for-profit organization, want to downsize our community hospital and limit access to local health care because, they say, of potential future financial losses.
I know the members of the Board are our community members too, and our neighbors. They care about health care in Del Norte and Curry counties as much as we all do. What I still don’t understand though is how, after almost a year of opposition to this “regionalization” business, the Board and “‘powers that be” at Sutter Health can continue to stonewall the community and refuse to engage requests for public information or question and answer sessions.
What do they have to hide? It seems at this stage, they are focusing more on the financial aspects for Sutter Health than our local community’s access to health care! Should regionalization go forward, Sutter Health will continue to prosper but our local health care will definitely suffer.
Homeless shelter concept
The days of near-freezing weather, in addition to our famous rains, are soon to arrive. Sadly, and as it has always been, Crescent City and Del Norte County by and large lack emergency homeless shelters.
There are legal issues this city and county presently face anyway — over a fairly institionalized callousness that strongly works against the homeless. Many good folks and entities have tried to serve our homeless, but have, especially with respect to being able to provide consistent and well-run basic shelter, failed for one reason or another.
Yes, some groups give out food rations. Yes, vouchers for hotel stays are offered on occasion.
But these present as a whole, a very difficult and scattered approach, for a homeless person on foot, to manage. A thought occurred to me: Perhaps it is time for the wealthiest commercial businesses to partner up with the folks who’ve always tried so hard to provide shelter to the homeless, but for one reason or another, have yet to do what they dream of, having a permanent shelter with permanent funding.
Hospital should look at expanding
Dr. Gregory Duncan, chief of staff at Sutter Coast Hospital, wrote a Dec. 1 Coastal Voices piece, “A closer look at Critical Access at Sutter Coast,” about the plight of our local hospital should an agreement not be reached with
Sutter Health, the parent company.
It’s very important to keep our local hospital intact with the number of beds needed to accommodate our community and the Emergency Room as a full-service department just the way it is, because our community so depends on it.
Lets use an analogy and compare it to Walmart. Look what its has done in its expansion. It also depends on business coming from a wide area, not just Del Norte County. Our hospital also has patients from this wide area, not just Crescent City.
Letter criticizing DA was right and long overdue
In her Dec. 1 letter, “Spare us DA’s ramblings,” Karen Olson is spot on, I’m glad someone finally spoke up and said what many of us are thinking.
It is very annoying to attend a public assembly and having the district attorney grab the microphone and give his standard spiel of what a great guy he is.
Jon Alexander, the election is over. The newsprint space the DA takes up with his opinion of what a great guy he is would be better utilized by your staff investigating subjects such as what happened to the fire tax we sent to Sacramento? Is there a chance it will be returned? What is the status of the lawsuit? How will the tax be spent? What is the status of the Assembly bill to repeal the tax? An Assembly bill was submitted, then the Assembly went on vacation just before this last election.
Triplicate website not timely
The Triplicate guidelines for submitting a letter state that consumer complaints will not be accepted. I will let the editor decide if this letter is a consumer complaint.
I have lived in this county for more than two decades and have relied on the Triplicate to provide me with local news as well as national headlines.
I enjoy the articles written by local writers, I really miss Inez Castor. While I have never been a subscriber, as I did not want another plastic mailbox in front of my house for vandals to prey on, I do put coins in machines around town to buy editions that seem to have articles about something relevant that piques my interest.