How Sutter Health laid waste to Auxiliary

How Sutter Health laid waste to the Sutter Coast Auxiliary (volunteers): Their first step was to make us a department of the hospital. Volunteers have always been a stand-alone unit in the hospital they serve, never a unit of the hospital. By making us a department of the hospital, it gave them the opportunity to take us over.

First under the guise of making things easier, they relieved us of our bookkeeping. Followed by closing all our accounts and moving them to their bank under the umbrella of the hospital.

But this was not the end of it. When they took the accounts, they also took our checkbook. At this point we are now unable to pay our expenses, or issue checks for any purchases, such as merchandise for the gift shop. We must now give them something like a work-order to issue checks on our behalf.

But even that was not the end of it. A few months ago came the final blow, when the Auxiliary Board voted to drop our bylaws. When this was done we ceased to be an Auxiliary, but were reduced to a department of unpaid employees, who happen to wear green smocks. Finally, whatever monies we bring in from our gift shop or the many fundraisers need to be turned over to the accounting office that night.

Marie Timm, Crescent City

Point of park officers if they don't respond?

I'd like to know what the point is of having state parks law enforcement officers if, when they are called, they do not call back?

Since I moved to Del Norte in 1997, I've "fallen in love" with many spots in and around our parks, national and other. And, although I do not like to be considered a "cop caller" I will and have no problem calling about some idiot whose lack of consideration or disrespect for nature or other people's property could be the cause of yet another of my beloved spots to be closed off to me.

Anyhow, on Jan. 3, my friend and I were at Dead Lake and noticed three fairly big piles of trash thrown around the dead end. So, we decided thatifit wasn't too "yucky," we would pick up some to throw away. Regretfully, it was all too wet and disgusting to put in the car but, luckily, I saw that one of the trash bags had a box under it

Upon further investigation; I saw the address along with postal tracking information on part of the box. I tore that piece off and my friend took pictures of all three sections, including one of me holding the box over the trash heap it came from. As soon as I got home, I called a park officer, leaving a fairly detailed message about the situation, the proof I brought home and the pictures further verifying the extent of the trash.

Somewhat amazed, I got no call by the afternoon of Jan. 4. I left another message, still no call! So why are they there and what are they getting paid for?

Teri V. Markanson, Crescent City