Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Half a dozen reasons why Alexander is a good man

Does the district attorney have problems? You betcha!

1) He has a great big heart; too big for his own good.

2) He is a real friend. When you cry help, he comes running. He doesn't stop to think if he is going to get into trouble; helping you is all that matters.

3) He works 24/7. If you don't think so drive by his office morning-evening, Saturday-Sunday.

4) He is the lowest paid DA in our state. He made a lot more money

before he became D.A. He loves Del Norte County and the people here and

that means more to him than money.

5) He knows what meth can do to you so he wants to stop it. Jon has

helped a lot of young people get off meth. He is proof that you can

succeed in living your dreams.

6) I've known Jon for about three years. I could go on and on about

the things I know about him. But a half dozen is enough, don't you

think? If not, go to Orange County and ask some of the lawyers and

judges there what they think of Mr. Jon Alexander.

When he became our DA they had a big celebration for him. One judge, a 20-year friend, came here to see Jon sworn in as our DA.

By the way, I think Jim Norton is right when he wrote in his May 26 Coastal Voices piece: "State Bar, go home."

Eleanor Peepe

Crescent City

Health Board ceded local control of hospital years ago

After reading the latest Triplicate article reporting the discussions

of the hospital district about the regionalization issue, I noticed

that Clark Moore insists that the original hospital lease with Sutter

Health was negotiated in response to the changing health care

reimbursement systems in the country. That's pure nonsense.

It's important to note that, during the years the hospital district

was negotiating with Sutter Health, and others, about a possible lease

arrangement and new hospital, we were very profitable and the prospects

of continued success were excellent. We were accredited by the Joint

Commission and met all of the normal federal and state requirements for

an acute care hospital, which provided quality care to the community at a

moderate price.

The board ultimately initiated a search for potential health care

"lease partners." The final choice for a lessee went to a company

(Sutter) that would, above all, guarantee that a new hospital be built

on a donated parcel of land that was essential, along with the new

prison, to the promotion and financial development of the Washington

Boulevard-Northcrest-Fort Dick corridor.

Some of our less astute members of the community and medical staff

are now strangely concerned about what appears to be a loss of local

control over the hospital. Nothing could be further from the truth. As

has been pointed out many times recently, the hospital district happily

ceded control to Sutter Health 26 years ago.

It's only typical that the local establishment has just now

rediscovered that fact and is so horribly upset. I'm sure that the

Sutter Health corporation and its multi-billion dollar operation is very

hurt by this development and it probably never planned for this kind of

contingency. I'll bet it didn't even concern itself with the fact that

when it built the new hospital it would be owned and operated at their

sole discretion and, surprise, they may have even accidentally placed a

non-compete clause in the contract with the hospital district.

Not that it needs it, since the district so generously gave away most of its assets with the original agreement.

Given the brilliant track record and total lack of insight by the

local medical staff, hospital district and other community members, it

would seem that continued operation by Sutter Health under whatever

conditions they choose, is not very frightening at all.

The return of Del Norte County health care to local control, now that's frightening!

Richard Cooper

Helendale, Calif.