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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, June 23, 2010 11B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE More details needed by everyone in hospital re-use study WHERE I STAND Indian Valley Record did an ............................................................................................................ excellent job of providing KEN DO N N E L k background information on The members of the board for the Indian Valley Health Care District, and the com- munity at large, are facing a critical moment for both the future of the now vacant Indian Valley Hospital and the long-term debt for the health care district. This is a moment when reason and rationality need to pre- vail. The decisions we face should not be driven by our fears, emotions or rumors. The story on the front page of the June 16 edition of the the current status of the IVH facility and the district's debt situation. I'm happy to report that I do not perceive any "hid- den agendas" among the board members. But the issues faced by the health care district will affect the whole community, and the board will be better served if more local residents become involved. Based on my reading of the draft re-use study, the board is faced with a very limited range of choices for the IVH because: 1. For most uses, it would cost significantly more to re- model the IVH than to build the same size facility from level ground. 2. It would cost even more to demolish the IVH and build a new facility on the same site. 3. It would cost much more to demolish the IVH than the value of the bare land after demolition. 4. The geothermal well has been stripped of most of its value through the loss of the water discharge permit. 5. The insurance costs for the IVH facility, even while vacant, are causing the district to have a negative annual balance, which means that the long-term debt of the district continues to grow. At the bottom line, we can't afford to remodel it, we can afford to tear it down, the facility is dilapidated and filthy, and it is unlikely there will be any interest if and when the board finally does decide to seek new owners or tenants. My worst fear is that if the growing debt cannot be paid by the district, local tax- payers will someday be levied an assessment to cover these debts. The one glimmer of hope I could find in the draft re-use study is the possibility of finding a buyer or tenant willing and able to occupy the facility after only a mini- mal remodel, which the study estimates at $125,000 - $175,000. But the re-use study provides sparse information to support this possibility. For the district or any po- tential buyer-tenant to seri- ously consider this possibili- ty, much more detailed infor- mation is needed about the property boundaries, current appraised value, status of the IVH infrastructure and the costs for repairing this infra- structure to a minimal level. Without this detailed infor- mation, I believe the re-use study is fundamentally worthless. Fifty thousand dollars of public money is being used to fund this re-use study, and I want the Indian Valley commu- nity to receive a good value. We need a usable document that will assist the district with im- mediate decisions and provide information that will help the district someday find new owners or tenants. I believe a thorough and detailed re-use study is our best hope for transforming the IVH from a public eye- sore into an active facility that serves the Indian Valley community. A mericans acknowledge and admire small business contribution WHERE I STAND government (65 percent), Con- ............................................................................................................. gress (65 percent) and banks and financial institutions (69 percent negative). So who's on top? Small businesses. Seventy-one percent of Americans say small busi- nesses have a positive effect on the way things are going in this country. And when you look at the total picture of what small businesses do every day, it's easy to under- stand why Americans feel the way they do. Of course, small business owners start and build busi- nesses, creating most of this country's new jobs along the way, providing employment for millions of workers. And they support other busi- nesses from which they buy goods and services, includ- ing, for example, the adver- tising that supports the media outlet where you're reading this. But small business owners are also frequently the lifeblood of the communities in which they live and work. Consider these facts from National Federation of Inde- pendent Business' Research Foundation: Ninety-one percent of small business owners contribute to their community through volunteering, in-kind contri- butions and/or direct cash donations. The estimated average value of contributions is $6,600 per small employer, for a total of roughly $40 billion. Seventy-four percent vol- unteer the equivalent of 1B working days per year for community and charitable activities. Those contributions of time and money support a wide variety of groups, in- cluding schools, civic organi- zations, community groups such as Lions and Rotary clubs, youth sports and athletic teams, and many other organizations that help to make up a community. Why do they do it? The most important reason, they said, is "personal satisfaction and fulfillment." The least important reason was be- cause they expected any kind of direct business benefits. Small business owners also said that creating a better business climate and making the community a better place to live were important rea- sons to contribute. So here's the Pew survey's real message to government, policymakers and others: If you want to turn around the public's negative view of you, you'd do best to promote the policies and practices that support small businesses. We'll be a better country for it. NFIB is the nation's leading small business association, JOHN KABATECK NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES It's conventional wisdom these days: Many people are frustrated, even angry, with government and other major sectors of society. New research from the Pew Research Center confirms this thinking. In a recent survey, the group asked Americans whether they thought 13 different institu- tions and sectors had a posi- tive or negative effect on the way things are going. At the bottom of the list are large corporations (64 percent said negative), the federal with offices in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and indepen- dent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB's powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through a unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America's free en- terprise system. NFIB's mis- sion is to promote and protect the right of members to own, operate and grow their busi- nesses. More information about NFIB is available online at NFIB.com/newsroom. LETTERS t:(:), EDITOR Guidelines for Letters All letters must contain an address and a phone number. We publish only one letter per week, per 3erson and only one letter per person, per month regarding the same subJeCt. PA/e do not pub ish third-party, anonymous, or open letters. Letters must be limited to a maximum of 300 words. The ed- itor will cut any letter in excess of 300 words.The deadline is Friday at 3 p.m. (Deadlines may change due to holidays.) Letters may be taken to any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952, or e-mailed at mail@plumasnews.com Drumbeat work environment. Ironi- cally, they want to "kill unions." I was concerned about the Tea Party's stated core be- liefs. The first belief, "fiscal responsibility,  is humorous as Republican leadership is responsible for 71 percent of the national debt through 2008. I also question the sudden concern of the debt burden being placed upon our children as the last time the national debt was paid down was in the 1950s. Then there is "free mar- kets." Really? Like the ones NAFTA, GATT and the WTO created? From 2000 through increase communication with the community regard- ing what the school and its students are doing week to week, and your paper has aided me in doing so. Thanks again anti I'll be looking forward to seeing more articles in the years to come. Dr. Sue Segura QHS principal Death spiral Please help us to work to save our hospital. Most of us -- a "grass roots" group of citizens -- not affiliated with the hospital board, are very concerned that the current What better plan did you 2009, America have for a Saturday night? Look at the number of people that feel this country is in trouble. Organized by Sandy Hopkin, thought you might be interested in knowing the crowd that attended the Tea Party meeting Saturday, June 12, at Graeagle Fire Station. Standing room only at times (approximately 144 people) and a lively group of the loyal opposition for the coming November election. Based on the attendance and the number of registered voters in this county.., the per capita ratio will spell doom for the current admin- istration and sitting Con- gress. It was like watching the Liberty Tree rise again or the Minute Men being called to aid their country. After this past week's election to have this many people show up to this kind of event is indeed refreshing and inspiring. The drumbeat to quarters is rising. They plan to march July 4 in the Graeagle parade. Patriots are invited to join in that march. If you would like more information call Sandy at 836-2437. Dr. Trent Saxton Portola Tea bag I attended the recent Tea Party meeting because the advertisement stated it was a non-partisan group and everyone was invited. I quickly learned their only purpose is to insure Republi- can victories in November. net job creation. Instead of corporations creating jobs, they outsourced them. In the last year of the Bush Administration (2008), corpo- rations were firing 750,000 Americans a month. Do you really want more Americans unemployed? What exactly does "limited government and strict com- pliance to the Constitution" mean to the Tea Party? Remember that the Republi- can Bush Administration shredded the Constitution with warrant-less spying, illegal searches and seizures, and indefinite detention of Americans without any due process. Does "limited government" include 'deregulating cor- porate industries? It was deregulation that brought us the mortgage/financial crisis and theft of our treasury. And it was the Republi. can Bush Administration that nullified regulations that brought about the cata. strophic BP Gulf Oil disaster. I won't be attending the next meeting, but I encourage the attendees to ask for clari- fication on the Tea Party's core beliefs. Are these beliefs for the benefit of "we the people," or is it for the corporatist oligarchy? Mark Mihevc Graeagle had zero proposed cap on theJaond measure starts the hospital on a slow death spiral. So, we are citizens working with each other to be sure we have a viable hospital when the smoke clears away. The proposed "cap" sounded reasonable to all of us, and many very thoughtful people signed up. Now that folks have had a chance to ask about the result of this, we have discovered that this measure puts the remaining part of the issue in the "junk bond" or unrated category, driving interest rates for us out of sight. Please ask more questions about this, and about the possible loss of our hospital if we don't upgrade it. Most of the equipment in the hospital wasn't even invented in 1960. Asbestos, privacy laws, infection con- trol, electrical needs and many other current stan- dards didn't exist in 1960. Just about all of us have upgraded our homes in some major way during that time, and we don't have the life and death responsibilities that the hospital carries. Please discuss this with your friends and neighbors, and don't be swayed by the "unlimited" tax statements. These simply are not true. Bill Coates Quincy Appreciation I would like to extend my greatest appreciation for the coverage regarding the activities and students at Quincy High School in your newspaper. I have never seen Economic strife On Aug. 31, I will vote yes on Measure B. Measure B will cap the Plumas District Hospital tax. When we cap the tax, taxpayers will pay $50 maximum per $100,000 as- organizing people for this purpose. Similar to labor unions, American workers organize to achieve a better as the Feather River Bulletin when it comes to encourag. ing their local school and its students. It is my goal to will gain approximately $300,000 per year for improve- ments. The effort to build a new hospital in Quincy is an and keeping our hospital untimely, overly ambitious open. endeavor. We're seeing eco- Some of these people nomic strife in our commu- signed the petition for Mea- nity and surrounding corn- sure B and feel that the peti- munities, as well as statewide tion already ha& its desired and nationwide. BudgetSect. hNith all '6 the inf0r- b'eing cut; people are losing their jobs. This is not the time to further tax property owners. PDH wants to attract the best doctors with a new hospital. We alraady have the best doctors at our hospital. If a doctor decides to-reside in Plumas County, like many of us, it will be for the rural lifestyle. Proponents of Measure B are not "against" the hospital. Please,m more threats of hospital closure, enough with the scare tactics. I've lived in Quincy nearly 32 years. I've supported many organizations, especially those supporting our youth. I can't continue to do that with the current hospital tax. If voters don't cap the tax, the taxes property owners will pay over the next 30 years are staggering! And, eventually, these costs will be felt by non- property .owners. How will our community afford other needed improvements to our county buildings, our schools? In their zealousness.to build a new hospital, the PDH board made some serious mistakes. Wheri the hospital tax bond measure passed, PDH was given a blank check. We can't afford that - but we can change that by voting yes on Measure B. Perhaps when the economy has significantly recovered, our community can once again think about building a new hospital. On Aug. 31, I urge all voters to vote yes on Measure B. Joanne Sargent Quincy Tax cap kills It has been my pleasure re- cently to be working with the grassroots citizen's group to "Save our Hospital." We have been gathering information with verification by indepen- dent experts. I have talked to many people on these issues and I am heartened by all of the people that understand the critical necessity of mation that has come out since the petition, we now know that passing the tax cap would kill the ability for PDH to do any of the necessary modernization. The tax cap would kill the sale of any more bonds. The tax cap would kill the low interest bond sale to US- DA that is in the works now. This is a huge opportunity to get most of our bonds funded at a great fixedxate. We now know that passing the tax cap will leave available only a to- tal of $1 million of bond mon- ey, not enough to even main- tain the old building. It will waste the $2 million already spent or committed to plans and prep for the new facility. We still have to pay for that, $32.per $100,000 assessed value for 30 years. The much ballyhooed "unlimited tax" turns out to be standard legalese contract jargon. In fact there are legal limits on total amount, allowed use and are limited to the repay- ment of these fixed rate bonds. This is the most important opportunity of our time. Vote No on B. Grog Kinne Quincy Uses of hate To "bleeding-heart" loving liberal, your diatribe in last week's paper railing against the "xenophobic, hateful con- servatives" gave me pause to consider the true facts sur- rounding the open-minded,. open-hearted, generous and accepting liberals. If being open-minded means we allow illegal aliens to enter our country and enjoy free education, health care, Social Security benefits and earn money from drug smuggling, then I'm glad I'm not so open-minded. If open- hearted means having more sympathy for criminals than it does for victims, then I'm glad I'm not so open-hearted. As for generosity, studies made from filed tax returns consistently indicate conser- allow improvements in med- ical care, attract doctors and other medical professionals, thereby increasing revenues times as much as liberals to charities and other worthy causes. You certainly are correct in describing liberals as more "accepting," that is, more accepting of largess from the public trough. I seem to recall a fair amount of "Bush bashing" from liberals when he was in office; however, Obama seems to be able to do no wrong where liberals are con- cerned despite all the broken promises and bungling to date by his administration. I admire you for admitting you are a liberal since many of those in that category are afraid to label themselves as such. However, from the tone of your article, uses of hate appear to equally apply to your feelings about conservative4 ........ Conservative and proud of it. Bryan Hahsen Graeagle Real hate I am a conservative with no hate in my heart. The recent writer thinks that conserva- tives are more likely to hate than liberals. This man is confused. His weekly bashing i of Republicans and conserva-! tives is getting old. He needl only look in the mirror, to seel real hate. i Alan Baitingeri Quincy i Ark stats Mr. Catalano brought up al great question. How did Noah! and all the different linds ofi animals fit in the Ark? Many! people picture the Ark as ai little round boat with ai giraffe's head sticking out of i the top. Actually, accordingl to Genesis 6:15 and 16, thel Ark was 150 yards long, 25! yards wide, 45 feet high,i and the interior was dividedl into 3 decks. These arel the same proportions as al modern cargo ship, whichl attests to its sea-worthiness, i The most liberal way o counting animals would re-! sult in about 16,000 animals' on board, most of which arel relatively small such as:: birds, reptiles and the small! mammals. Some models off counting, where kinds ofi animals means families of i animals, result in as few asl 2,000 animals on board. Forl example, instead of bringing I poodle, terrier and bulldog I pairs, there would just be one I which selective breeding hasl produced the breeds we have', See Letters, page 12B 3 !