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Coastal Voices: Three things to consider in evaluating Sutter Health conflict

For those who missed the recent town hall debate with me and Sutter Coast Hospital CEO Mitch Hanna, this article has the highlights. Although the hospital board of directors have still held no public meetings since they voted to downsize SCH to Critical Access and to transfer hospital ownership out of Del Norte County, I appreciate Mr. Hanna’s willingness to attend the event.

Sutter Health and Sutter Coast Hospital are tax-exempt charities. Sutter Health claims to “act openly and truthfully in everything we do.” As you evaluate both sides of the Sutter Health conflict, please consider three questions:

 


Letters to the Editor Feb. 28, 2015

Disgusted by inclusion of poacher’s comments

I am compelled to comment about the article “Bill takes swing at poachers” in the Feb. 24 issue of the Del Norte Triplicate. 

Those who know me understand that I am a passionate supporter of those people who steward our public lands. In particular, I have been very involved in fundraising for protection of redwood burl. 


Pages of History: 17-year-old walks 17 mi. in the dark

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, February 1965:

A 17-year-old Del Norte County girl is a bit of a heroine around the Sheriff’s Office this week.


Coastal Voices: Consultant: Only PenAir meets the requirement

As the air service development consultant for Del Norte County Regional Airport, Sixel Consulting Group has worked to encourage airlines to bid on the airport’s new Essential Air Service contract. From the beginning, we sought to recruit as many carriers as possible that could provide a basic level of service that has been proven to work in smaller communities, including: 


Coastal Voices: Redwood Air: Most fliers need southward route

The news came as a surprise last fall. United Express (SkyWest) was ending its long-established flights between Crescent City and San Francisco. The airport sprung into action and hired a consultant to ensure Crescent City air service would be preserved.


Letters to the Editor, Feb. 26, 2015

Fond memory of Joe Duncan 

When our daughter Becky was in high school, without any prodding from her mom and dad, she got her first job cleaning rooms at the Curly Redwood Lodge. When granddaughter Brittany was old enough to get a job, her mom told her, “Welcome to the real world!”


Coastal Voices: Vaccination scare preys on ill-informed

Many people right now are concerned with the media’s current frenzy about measles outbreaks and the way un-vaccinated children and their parents are being portrayed.

First, let’s consider the gravity of this “outbreak.”


Letters to the Editor, Feb. 24, 2015

County should get tougher with Sutter

I’m a tad confused. Why is it that the Sutter folks say that our hospital is, basically, sucking the life out of the Sutter family when, according to their Regional President, Mike Cohill, the hospital turned a profit in the beginning of 2014? And that profit was also reported by Sutter CEO, Mitch Hanna!


Letters to the Editor Feb. 21, 2015

If Sutter downsizes, expensive transfers are sure to increase

After reading so many other letters about Sutter Coast Hospital, I would like to tell readers why I oppose Sutter’s decision to downsize the hospital to a Critical Access Hospital.

I have a childhood kidney disorder which sometimes requires hospitalization. Last year I went to the Sutter Coast Emergency Room and was told I had to be transferred to another hospital. I’m not sure why I had to be transferred because the hospital in Redding gave me the same antibiotics I can get here. The point is, when I was discharged from the Redding hospital, I had no way to get home. The airfare home was $1,200, which I could not afford. The hospital wanted to send me to a homeless shelter.


Pages of History: Brookings to get new dept. store

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, February 1955.

This Southern Oregon community will have a new and complete department store by about the first of May, it was promised this week by Murray Palmer of Palmer’s Variety and Dry Goods. Construction on a modern new building to house it is expected to commence shortly.

Club to buy golf course

Purchase of the Del Norte County Golf Course has been approved and recommended by the directors of the club today following Friday’s special meeting of the club’s directors.


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