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Letters to the Editor Dec. 19, 2013

Positive experience with Critical Access

I came to work at Sutter Coast Hospital in 2009 and fell in love with this community. I was fortunate to be offered a full-time job in 2010, and have worked here ever since.

Prior to working at Sutter Coast I worked at another small rural hospital that was designated a Critical Access hospital by the federal government.

 

Letters to the Editor Dec. 17, 2013

Lovely experience flying out of Crescent City

About 2 months ago I had the pleasure of waking up at 3 a.m. to meet our red eye flight to SFO that departed at 5 a.m. When I arrived after a lot of anticipation and primping only to find the plane was fogged in and wasn’t there, I decided to go back home and get a little more beauty sleep (at my age, I need all I can get). Well, by the time we flew out at 2 p.m. the sky was sunny and blue, you could easily see the white caps on the ocean and the whale vapor from the occasional passerby. 

For anyone that has never flown out of Crescent City, I highly recommend that trip — it is so beautiful from the air. 

 

Letters to the Editor Dec. 14, 2013

Criminal justice system perpetuated injustice

On Nov. 18, Deputy District Attorney Annamarie Padilla argued to keep London’s owner and the entire public from speaking at the sentencing hearing of Zachary Hinton, who entered a “no contest” plea to felony animal cruelty for shattering London’s front legs and leaving him without medical care until his Humane Society rescue and subsequent double-amputation.

 Not even that affront to justice could prepare one for the travesty that occurred at Thursday’s continued hearing (“180-day sentence in dog abuse case,” Dec. 7) to see if Judge Chris Doehle would accept the plea bargain.

Over Ms. Padilla’s strident objections, the judge allowed into evidence the laudable letters of London’s supporters from places as far away as Maryland, Alabama and Australia, all asking for a much stronger sentence. Judge Doehle then, again at the insistence of the DA’s Office, denied the right to speak to a board member of our local Humane Society who had firsthand knowledge and involvement in the rescue of London.

 

 

Letters to the Editor Dec. 12, 2013

Hiker thanks all involved in rescue

Regarding the Dec. 10 article, “Helicopter Operation: Slowed by snow, hiker is flown out” by Anthony Skeens), I am so overwhelmed by the support and love my family and I were shown during this traumatic incident.

It is so humbling to know the effort that was put forth on my behalf. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

I’d especially like to thank the Crescent City Search and Rescue unit for its quick action and selfless efforts. The SAR unit is a integral part of our community. I for one, seeing their efforts first-hand, will be making a donation to its organization.

 

Letters to the Editor Dec. 10, 2013

Alliance pockets money in Hurdygurdy land deal

NBC “Nightly News” regularly features the “Fleecing of America,” a segment which profiles examples of government waste. Unfortunately, it appears we have an example of a “fleecing” here in Del Norte County.

The federal government, through the U.S. Forest Service, has begun to purchase the formerly private property known as “Hurdygurdy” in Del Norte County. In 2012 and 2013, the Forest Service spent $2,959,236 to purchase 3,407 acres of the property. In future years, the Forest Service intends to purchase another 2,360 acres for an additional $2,661,764, meaning it will ultimately pay $5,621,000 for 5,767 acres.

This sum matches exactly the appraised value of the property as determined by the Forest Service in January 2012. So, why is this a “fleecing?”

 

Letters to the Editor Dec. 7, 2013

Sanger advocated choice prior to conception

I am writing in response to the letter by Muriel Kaye published on Saturday, Nov. 30 (“When did life become so unprecious to us?”).

Margaret Sanger was one of 10 children who in her own family experienced poverty and too many mouths to feed. As a young woman, she worked as a midwife/nurse in the slums of New York. She witnessed women dying from
having too many children or those who died from infection from abortion.

She was a crusader for population control and contraceptives, believing women should have the knowledge to choose whether or not to prevent a pregnancy and to determine the size of their families.

 

Letters to the Editor Dec. 5, 2013

Unveil mystery behind Sutter’s hospital study

Living in limbo might best describe the eerie silence of the Sutter Coast Hospital death watch as Del Norte/Curry County citizens await the impending piracy of their hospital by the health industry giant Sutter Health.

With the PR specialty-Camden Group’s announced “study” completion presented and the $170,000 check cashed we wait on the sidelines as the Sutter Health Executive Board prepares the sanitized pronouncement of corporate take-over of our cherished hospital.

Perhaps the charade of the past several years needs to be brought to the front burner by stating that if Sutter Health legally owned Sutter Coast Hospital it would have long since been a fait accompli, hospital regionalized and downsized, period.

While Dwayne Reichlin’s well-written Coastal Voices article, “There should be no hurry regarding hospital’s next move,” Nov. 12, advocated for a “take your time before you take over” approach, I take the opposite stand and challenge the Sutter Health executives to make their move and make it now. I’m weary of their delicate dance. Let’s get this next phase moving. We are tens of thousands strong and determined to stand up to this goliath. We have our stone picked from the brook.

 

Letters to the Editor Dec. 3, 2013

Hospital study's talks with other companies unknown 

In response to your Nov. 14 article, “Hospital Board eyes its options,” regarding the future of our local hospital, Board Chairman Ken Hall was quoted as saying the hospital Board would make a decision on Critical Access in the near future. Mr. Hall also discussed the option of having a company other than Sutter Health manage our hospital. 

Mr. Hall, referring to Asante and the other potential partners, was quoted as saying, “I don’t think there’s any real interest there.” That statement is different from what Asante Health System has publicly stated. 

Asante operated Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass, Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford and Ashland Community Hospital.

The president of Asante Health System provided the following quote to the Del Norte Triplicate (Sutter Health is centralizing,” Oct. 13, 2012):

“As a regional provider of comprehensive health care services for 580,000 residents spanning nine counties in Southern Oregon and Northern California, Asante has enjoyed a great relationship with Sutter Coast Hospital for the provision of high quality care. We would welcome discussing any arrangements with Sutter that would ensure that the residents of Del Norte County continue to receive the excellent medical care they deserve.”

 

Letters to the Editor Nov. 30, 2013

Hospital volunteers make a difference

I am writing in response to Dale Watson’s Nov. 23  letter (“Report overlooks Sutter’s high administrative costs”). I feel the need to correct some wrong information that is being fed to the community. I will only address that which I know to be incorrect.

I am one of those “volunteers in green” that Mr. Watson referred to. I work at the gift shop at the hospital and am a proud member of the Sutter Coast Hospital Auxiliary. We are a group of dedicated volunteers whose main goal is to raise money for scholarships relating to the medical field and one-time donations for much-needed medical items for our patients.

We do this by maintaining the gift shop and putting on various fundraisers throughout the year. I can assure you that 100 percent of the money raised by our endeavors is used for the items mentioned above. We have a membership of 30-plus volunteers and a Board of Directors made up exclusively of our members, voted into office each year by our members. This board controls our money, not SCH, as stated by Mr. Watson.

I encourage all of you to stop by our gift shop to see our unique and affordable gift items; and maybe talk to one of our “volunteers in green” about becoming part of a special group of ladies and gentlemen who are making a difference in our community.

Cathy Burdg, Smith River 

Some people were childish about parade

There are things happening in the downtown I think the people of Crescent City should know about. The Business Improvement District Board is being very childish. If the downtown businesses don’t play by its rules, we can’t play with its toys.

 

Letters to the Editor Nov. 26, 2013

Incompetent group in DA's Office not needed

I could hardly believe my eyes when I read how great of a job the prosecutors in the District Attorney’s Office think they are doing (“Micks should fill out DA term,” Coastal Voices, Nov. 23).

Here is a reality check.

The second sentence authored by Lisa Specchio-Wolfe, Annamarie Padilla, Todd D. Zocchi and Rebecca Linkous states, “we are responsible for upholding the law and maintaining order in our community.”

As of today’s date and in the last eight months anyone can walk into a courtroom on any given day and discover that statement couldn’t be any further from the truth.

Our District Attorney’s Office is the most incompetent group I have ever witnessed thus far in the 20 years I have lived here. They do not protect children from child abusers, nor do they protect women from men who have beat them up, held them hostage or otherwise.

And it is laughable that they  state, “Ms. Micks has a pamphlet of victim’s rights mailed to each victim.” I can guarantee you, that is all the victims are getting, because they don’t get fair representation, nor do they get protection when they need it most.

I found it especially interesting when they noted that, “she also has an open door policy for the law enforcement agencies to contact her about any cases.”

 
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