Local control key to hospital issue
Your Oct. 26 article, "Closer look at Critical Access," seemed slanted in favor of the big money Bay Area administrator's viewpoint. You quote a number of health industries employees without differentiating those whose bread is buttered in whole or in part by the large corporate interests.
Your use of average bed occupancy statistics is reminiscent of Mark Twain's reference to "Lies, damned lies and statistics." Average census figures mean a lot to the money managers, but little to the patient who needs help when the facility is at or above capacity.
It is a common strategy to attract a portion of an opponent's position and leave the impression that you have shot down his whole argument.
Your article fails to mention that the original point of dispute, which was whether or not highly over-paid money managers in the Bay Area would determine the fate of the hospital or whether the local medical community and the local hospital chief of staff, or for that matter, the local citizens, would have a voice. It all started when the local Board voted to disband in favor of regionalization.
Maybe Critical Access would be a good thing for Del Norte, but that decision should come from those who will have to depend on the local resource.
Dale Watson, Crescent City
Anything goes with transgender law
One might reasonablyhave believed that there would be no disagreement over boys being disallowed from using girl's bathrooms in school, but that was many yesterdays ago. Today anything and everything goes.
Because of a gender-confused assemblyman in the California Legislature named Tom Ammiano, D-SanFrancisco, any student from (get this!) kindergarten to grade 12 will soon be able to access the shower/locker room/bathrooms of the opposite sex in all public schools if they experience the inner urgings of a gender opposite their obvious biological gender.
It's a new law in California schools taking effect Jan. 1.
Enter the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors with a resolution introduced by Supervisor Roger Gitlin. His resolution was erroneously submitted as opposition to a bill when in fact it is now an approved law, but other than that it was substantively true to the heart of conservatism and traditionally held values in opposing AB1266, which Governor Brown recently signed.
The once-traditional heart of a Catholic Seminary applicant, Gov. Brown has, over the years, drifted farther away from traditional Catholic values and hardened to the point of signing into law trash like AB1266.
Supervisor David Finigan stated that the board opposed this law in its early stages and kudos for that, if true. He also ducked Supervisor Gitlin's resolution condemning the sleazy law by shunting it off onto the Del Norte School Board, with whom the avatar assistant superintendent, Steve Godla, claimed exclusive dominion.
Board Chairman Michael Sullivan, while voting to table the resolution, with quivering lip uttered that he disagreed with the law because it is poorly written. Quite honestly, it seems to this writer that regardless how you write this poison law it still comes out the same. It is the concept, not the jargon, that defiles it.
Supervisor Gerry Hemmingsen clung tightly to his election year perch on the wobbly fence with a lamentable abstention. Catering to the .07 percent could be risky business, as this single law could become the death knell for public education and one can't be perceived as favoring the intrusion of male genitalia into girl's intimate facilities in an election year.
Of course the predictable champion of liberalism, Supervisor Martha McClure objectifies the foray with her "McClurism," "it's partial hysteria." Is that different than a "partial" heartattack, one wonders?
These are amazing times! Go tohttp://www.ustream.tv/recorded/35580257, 25:22 minutes in, to watch proceedings.
Dale L. Bohling, Crescent City