Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Jon Alexander unselfishly donates his time and money

I am writing in regards to the June 12 letter, "Jon Alexander only seems to care about drug abusers."

It's true Jon does care about drug abuse and he unselfishly donates his time in helping others such as the Jordan Recovery House and also teens in need within our community, and he sends the drug dealers to prison, but I have personally seen Jon donate money to our baseball Little League.

Now lets take a look at our former DA, Mike Riese, who just pleaded

guilty in Curry County, Ore., to drug possession. Why is the State Bar

not trying to take his law practice license? But kudos to Mike for

seeking rehab.

I'm here to tell you not a better friend could you ask for than Jon

Alexander or a better DA who cares for our community, so I would tell

people leave it alone and let Jon do his job that we elected him to do. I

for one am proud of Jon Alexander and will continue to support him in

the future.

Blaine Curven

Crescent City

Sutter Health regional board doesn't know what's best

Poor medical and financial outcomes are sure to result from Sutter

Health's move to regionalize the board of directors for Sutter Coast

Hospital. As Dr. Duncan amply demonstrated, Sutter Coast Hospital is

quite solvent, sending a significant amount of money most years to the

"mother ship" in Sacramento.

But the amount received by Sutter seems not to be enough. It has gone

searching for greater revenues. Sutter Health may convert Sutter Coast

Hospital to a "Critical Access Hospital" under the Medicare Rural

Hospital Flexibility Program.

The program was designed to help small hospitals in rural areas

remain open in the face of potential insolvency. It does not seem

appropriate for financially healthy hospitals like Sutter Coast to be

downsized just to fit within the CAH designation.

The Rural Assistance Center writes in its FAQ's on the Critical

Access Hospital legislation that, "a hospital should convert to CAH

status only if it is appropriate for the community need and hospital

service area. In particular, consideration should be given to the bed

limit for CAH's and whether that is a good match for community need."

How can Sutter Health's regional board ever know what is best for Del

Norte County since the corporation intentionally excluded local

representatives? Critical Access designation limits hospitals to no more

than 25 in-patient beds, requires average acute-care patient stays of

96 hours or less, and grants flexibility in staffing for emergency

services (ie., physicians not required; physicians assistants, nurse

practitioners, or RN's must simply be on-call).

The designation may severely curtail the medical services available

at SCH. Essentially, the hospital will become only a very temporary

place to stabilize people in acute conditions so that they can be

shipped off to a full-service hospital.

We have long had an unusually good health care network, with Sutter

Coast Hospital being the crown jewel. We must keep it that way!

Rev. Russell Green

Pelican Bay Evangelical Free Church

Crescent City

Address homeless problem before beautifying Front St.

It seems local government is more concerned with the public image of

Crescent City and its plans for beautification of Front Street than it

is about the plight of the homeless in this city.

Ignoring the homeless problem may have negative repercussions on tourism. Who wants to be hit up for money by panhandlers?

I've helped the homeless on occasion. I'm on fixed income. It's not

my responsibility to deal with the homeless situation. It's government's

responsibility to help those who are down and out for whatever reason.

The investment planned for improving the city infrastructure probably

far exceeds the investment it would take to help the homeless get off

the streets.

I've lived in many towns and cities. Each and every one of them had a homeless problem that was not being adequately addressed.

There is insufficient low-income housing in this community. Jobs are difficult to find. Rehab programs are nonexistent.

The city should take care of its citizens before expending funds on expensive infrastructure projects.

Al Kay

Crescent City