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Letters to the Editor Dec. 26, 2013

Bottom line on hospital is rising cost of health care

The Dec. 7 Triplicate presented more information than I’ve heard from the Sutter Coast Board of Directors in more than two years (“Hospital Board makes its move”).

God knows I’ve sent many letters and an email or two to the Hospital Board over that time (all unanswered but hopefully received!). My most recent email to the board was a New York Times newspaper article sent a day or two before its vote to convert to a Critical Access Hospital (“CAH”). The article was titled, “As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500”; it’s on line at: www.nyti.ms/186QIJM .

In the Dec. 7 Triplicate article, the Sutter Coast Hospital Board chairman referred to “the spark that ignited the community.” The real spark was the secret original vote to “regionalize” in 2011 that started the community thinking SCH was trying to hide something.

 


Letters to the Editor Dec. 24, 2013

Slow down, obey laws and live into the new year

Traveling U.S. Highway 101, there are several areas where traffic laws are  completely ignored.

Driving south, just passing the KOA, cars begin tail-gating, making sure that they can pass you on the left when the lane opens up.

The speed limit is still 55 mph, the law is “no passing at a cross road,” yet the speeders go by, before the freeway, at 70 mph passing at Elk Valley Cross Road.

 


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.”


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