Clarifications about Sutter Coast issues
Some points of clarification:
The "resolution" passed by the Del Norte Health Care District on Feb. 25, 2014, contained no language opposing either Critical Access or regionalization.
After Medicare drastically changed its payment methods in 1982, the Del Norte Hospital District, along with many similar districts nationwide, was unable to continue operating in a financially viable manner; that scenario remains to this day.
The Camden Group committee recommendations have made the most sense in all of this:
andbull; Pursue Critical Access designation while also expanding/changing services offered locally to minimize the negative impacts of increased out-of-area transports, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the challenges of decreasing reimbursements for services provided.
andbull; Directed by a local advisory board, pursue a "shared" governance structure that assures we have a seat at the table (wherever that table may be).
Maready is a proven leader, not antagonistic
I was disappointed to read a letter in the April 10 issue of the Triplicate attacking Jim Maready's ability as sheriff ("Sheriff Maready was antagonistic, secretive," Teresa Tsalaky).
As a long-time resident of Del Norte County, some of which was under Jim Maready's watch, I wish to highlight Sheriff Maready's service and character.
He is a proven leader who is of high moral character. His leadership qualities are off the charts and he is a person who loves the citizens of the county in which he lives.
He has proven by past performance to be tough on crime and a tireless worker. He has raised a terrific family and is a loving husband. He has given many hours of his time serving on the Del Norte County School Board and volunteering his free time coaching football both at the youth and high school levels.
Not long ago I was fortunate enough to be in attendance at a high school graduation of incarcerated youth in which former sheriff Maready was the guest speaker. He gave a moving speech that motivated not only the diploma recipients but, the entire audience to dig deeper and better their lives.
His positive attitude is infectious and work ethic is unmatched.
Doesn't sound like the definition of an "antagonistic" leader? All one has to do is look at the facts. Former sheriff Maready, thank you for your service and love of the county. Del Norte would be so lucky to have you in office once again as sheriff, and someone we can look up to.