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Letters to the Editor Aug. 28, 2014

Community is clearly against Sutter proposal

Let’s be clear. The Sutter Health regionalization issue is no longer up for debate. The community is solidly against it. We win. They lose. But if you read the newspaper or listen to the radio, it appears that the debate is ongoing because of all of Sutter Health’s paid advertisements and promotional pieces.

Sutter’s propaganda machine deviates from what the core issue is. In 1985, Sutter Health was invited into this community to work with the community to manage the hospital, which is a locally owned corporation within Del Norte County. It worked very well for 25 years. Now they are unilaterally ending that relationship. Sutter Health executives are trying to take all ownership and control away from the community and transfer hospital ownership to a Sutter-controlled corporation in San Francisco. That’s the core issue.

 

Letters to the Editor Aug. 23, 2014

If lawmakers were VA patients, it’d be fixed

I can fix the VA system. 

Tear down Walter Reed Hospital; make it a world-class parking lot. Senators, congressmen, the president and world-class visitors would then be eligible to use our most excellent Veterans Administration for all their health needs. Call about 30 days in advance for an appointment. Visit with the most advanced medical personnel from around the globe; they are so good they can’t be at fault or sued for mistreatment. 

 

Letters to the Editor Aug. 21, 2014

Reckless driving likely due to cell phone use

Just a little note about something I observed on Monday, Aug. 18.

I was driving north on Highway 101 past Suburban Gas, as an Izuzu driver managed to break the law six times within two minutes. I recorded everything with my dashcam! 

 

Letters to the Editor Aug. 19, 2014

Red herrings common around prayer issue

Well, let us hope Mr. Turck (“Gitlin tackled prayer issue for constituents,” Aug. 16) can pardon me for not including “from the position of chair” in my letter to the editor on Aug. 2, 2014, (“If anyone needs to resign, it’s Gitlin,” Aug. 2).

 

Letters to the Editor Aug. 16, 2014

Hospital CEOs’ actions speak louder than words

Most of what we’ve heard from Sutter Coast Hospital CEOs (Suksi and Horn) was about how much money the hospital lost, was going to lose in 2013 and the $16.5 million hit (projected loss) the hospital will take from now to 2022. The CEOs told us the original losses were due to new billing software and billing errors. 

The most recent and projected “serious Medicare cuts” are, according to CEO Horn, due to the federal sequestration and the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Both CEOs denied going Critical Access. But Sutter Health executives said we needed to go Critical Access because the hospital could not make money without doing that. 

 

Letters to the Editor Aug. 14, 2014

Chief Plack is missed, but interim is doing well

As our police chief retires again, this author is not alone today with heartfelt sorrow over this community’s loss. It is all good.

Chief Plack bowed out with the confidence in his officers to know his presence at the office is no longer required to serve our community. Our officers can now show us how they have been trained by Doug to serve with pride. As the best law enforcement money can buy on the West Coast, they have the capability to nourish a community above and beyond their call of duty. 

 

Letters to the Editor Aug. 12, 2014

Allow folks to have their say on praying

Ronald Reagan once said, “The Constitution was never meant to prevent people from praying; its declared purpose was to protect their freedom to pray.”

Now, if the good people of Crescent City want to pray before a meeting, at least have the decency to put this item on the agenda so that folks can have their say about it, yea or nay.

 

Letters to the Editor Aug. 9, 2014

Church, state separation was priority for Franklin

Regarding Virginia Walworth’s letter to the editor last Thursday, Benjamin Franklin must have gotten tired of leading those prayers at the Constitutional Convention. 

He, according to an hour-long documentary about him on cable channel 130 (the History Channel’s secondary documentary channel) last weekend, was one of the strongest promoters of separation of church and state at the Constitutional Convention. 

 

 

Letters to the Editor Aug. 7, 2014

Coastal Connections youth project is doing a great job

The article by Aaron West published July 29 (“Youth Team up with local stores to curb alcohol theft”) highlights both the capacity and commitment of youth working to improve the health of our community. Witnessing the well-organized and respectful Coastal Connections Youth Organization Project (CCYOP) presentation addressing a long-standing concern of underage alcohol use was inspiring, regardless of your age. Rarely do presenters receive a standing ovation; CCYOP was an exception. You can view it in its entirety online.

 

Letters to the Editor Aug. 5, 2014

Privatizing Solid Waste Authority is misled idea

I have been watching with increasing concern as Gitlin, Wilson and Sullivan pursue their ideological agenda at the Del Norte Solid Waste Authority. It has become clear that these three have a preconceived “solution” to a “problem” they have largely created and that they intend to impose their solution on the people of Del Norte County.

Gitlin, Wilson and Sullivan believe privatizing the Solid Waste Authority’s functions would save money and improve services. As a university trained economist, I’ve examined their claim from that perspective. Here is what I found:

 
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