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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 11B Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE tient safety needs to be paramount concern in new hospital ,,q 1 WHERE I STAND heavily regulated by the Call- which includes fire safety. I To move a bed out of our ex- but because of our inade-had the privilege of sharing ............................................................ fornia Depa.rtment of Public noticed in the last paper a isting small two-bed rooms,quate patient accommoda- an office with our facilities STEVE TOLEN, MIEP Health as well as the Office of large ad encouraging people the bed near the door must tions, your sensitive health director, Dan Brandes, and SAFETY OFFICER - Statewide Health Planning to build their new homes be moved first to aIlow information is shared with have witnessed firsthand his PLLUMAS DISTRICT HOSPITAL and Development or OSHPD. now before they are required enough clearance for the sec- your neighbor on the other efforts in working with all of I have been reading with The stringent regulations to be sprinkled. At the pre- ond bed to be moved, side of the curtain. A new pa- the regulatory agencies to re: great interest the various let- that must be followed in all sent time, none of the patient That's all well and good un- tient care addition would ad- "duce to absolute bare bones ters and editorials in our pa- phases of hospital construc- areas including patient less your patient has sudden- dress that. the type of patient care addi- per espousing one view or tion, including remodeling, rooms, the emergency de- ly become critical or you The costs of heating and tion we need to meet the another of the Measure B tax can bring costs up to as much partment or surgical suiteneed to evacuate a bedridden cooling an aging facility can- needs of our patients now initiative for the hospital, as $1,000 per square foot or are protected by fire sprin- patient, not be overlooked. The pre- and in the future. Many of the letters expressmore. klers. When you visit your local sent patient care areas at ~ I can assure you, the pub- very valid concerns regard-For this reason, PDH optedWhen was the last time doctor, how many of you in-PDH have very little insula- lic, that extravagance is not ing the district's ability to af- to keep the square footage to you stayed at a hotel that did rite your neighbors to cometion, single pane glass and a part of our new hospital ford a new healthcare facility a minimum by only includ- not have fire sprinklers? Our to the appointment with you? woefully outdated heatingplan, There have been nu- during these difficult eco-ing absolutely essential ser- guests often cannot get out of The woefully inadequate and cooling systems, merous trips to Sacramento nomic times, vices in the new construction bed without the assistance of space in our emergency roomBecause of the age of theand Chico to meet with the A significant issue, howev-plans -- leaving other set- nursing staff. Protecting our areas, as well as patient budding, addressing theseregulatory agencies to at- er, is not being addressed in vices in the original build- patients, visitors and staff rooms allow absolutely no concerns in our present tempt to reduce the cost of a those letters and editorials ing. with a fire safe structure is privacy when your doctor facility is cost prohibitive, new facility yet provide our that I feel is at the heart of Why do I consider the new our duty, not a luxurious op- discusses sensitive health-re- The comfort of our patients patients with the type ofpa- the reason to support a newconstruction essential?As tion. lated issues with you. is not a luxury; it is a critical tient care services that they addition to our current hos- the safety officer at Plumas On the subject of fire safe- It seems a little contradic- component of their care. can be proud of as a commu- pital. District Hospital, I am re- ty, did you know that overtory that healthcare facilities I could go on but insteadnity. Whether we like it or not, sponsible for emergency pre- the years hospital beds have and their staff are so heavily would like to share one last Keeping thi inmind, hospital construction is paredness at our facility,become increasingly larger? regulated by privacy laws point with the readers. I have please vote No on Measure B, i 1 ] } ocial services offers a short term bridge to tomorrow WHERE I STAND their lives, either as employ- more people in the county re- turn. It is gut wrenching to our doors, ple are going back to work ...................................................... ees or as small business own- ceiving assistance through see the lost expressions on And while we can give and local business is picking ELLIOT SMART ers. The last thing that they the SNAP program than we their faces -- a place where them encouragement, com- up again. DIRECTOR, PLUMAS COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES ever expected -- or ever have had for the past 12 pride once reigned, passion and support, what we While we know that the wanted -- was to have to seek years. And, the case count What we know about these also know is that much ofpeople of our community are The news from Washing- assistance from the Depart- reached that extraordinary folks is that they don't come their future is not immediate- resilient, that resiliency can ton, D.C. seems to suggest ment of Social Services. Yet _ level in a period of less than to us seeking some sort ofly in their control. The ele- only carry a family or an in- that some elements of the re- here is where they have come 24 months, during which long-term connection with ments that are at work fixing dividual so far. Some in the cession are easing. It's been -- and come in unprecedent- time the case count grew by our assistance network, the economy are slow to ma- state have suggested that we noted that fewer homes are ed numbers. 70 percent. What they want and need is a terialize. For some of our need to make even more dras- foreclosing, and the unem- The social services public The present circumstancesshort-term bridge until the friends and neighbors, it's go- tic cuts to.our frayed social ployment rate, if not improv- safety net is the food stamp do not compare to any other recession truly rights itself, ing to yet be a while. I had service delivery system, but I ing, at least isn't getting program, now referred to as time in our recent history. For many (but not all) of one employee of a local busi- can't imagine how that im- worse. While that heartening the Supplemental Nutrition On any given day, the folks them we can offer that bridge ness tell me that he justproves the well-being of our news is certainly well re- Assistance Program, or who come to us desperate for along with the compassion couldn't wait it out anymore communities or our state. ceived, we at the Department SNAP. It is the most avail- some short-term help are peo- and support that is part of and he had to move on. And for the working people of Social Services continue to able resource for people ple any of us are likely to what we do at the Social Ser- There are some rays of who've been displaced in our see the new faces of poverty whose lost income renders it know: our neighbors, em- vices Department. But it isn't hope on the horizon, and the community, continuing to of- on a daily basis, necessary for them to seek ployees of businesses that we always easy. Our social work- reports that elements of the fer a short- term bridge to to- Too often, these new faces some temporary help. patronize, and sometimes ers and benefits assistance recession are easing in some morrow is one way that we represent what we have re- As we have reported to the they are the business owners counselors are human too, ways are encouraging. We can give them a ray of hope. ferred to previously as "the county Board of Supervisors themselves. They are now and they are deeply affected truly look forward to the day I'll bet they would do the working poor." They are peo- and to the public through the part of the working poor who by the frequent stories of dis- when our case counts begin "same for us, and that they pie who've been members of Department's quarterly have been so profoundly af- couragement that come withto decline and the reason that will find ways to pay it for- the work force for much of "Trends" report, we have fected by the economic down- the folks who pass throughthey are declining is that peo- ward in the future. L E " ETTE R S i: i:: c D I T O R Guidelines for Letters All letters must contain an address and a phone number. We publish only one letter per week, per person and only one letter per person, per month regarding the same subject. We do not publish third-party, anonymous, or open letters. Letters must be limited to a maximum of 300 words. ~he ed- itor will cut any lel~ter 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 Gunpowder tea On April 14, Sarah Palin said, "We'll keep clinging to our Constitution and our guns and religion-and you can keep the change." By keeping the change, does she mean that only the three things she is "clinging" to are important and all the rest of what makes a country is a bunch of insignificant loose change? As to the Constitution, it was a Bush appointee who said that the Constitution was a "quaint" and outdated docu- ment. I think most of us were aghast -- I know I was. As to guns, the Second Amendment clearly states, "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be in- fringed." The body of the Constitu- tion mentions "militia" sever- al times as the military of each individual state. It also states that the president is commander in chief of all mil- itary groups, including the militia of each individual state. The keeping of weapons in one's home should be for a state militia and should be "well-regulated." As to religion, no one has the right to force anyone else to give up his religious beliefs and practices, so long as the practices are within the law; however, no one has the right to insert his religious beliefs into any form of government nor subject any government official to any religious test. The Constitution prohibits it. Yes, I too will keep "cling- ing" to the Constitution with all its amendments, thank you; but Sarah might need "the change" for a cup of gun- powder tea. Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville Steep I agree with Roberta Carl- son about the price of gas in Chester. I too try to support local business, but refuse to pay the high gas prices. The gas trucks go/'ight through Chester to Susanville where prices are much cheaper. Also, whoever is in charge of putting on the July 4 pa- rade, Chamber of Commerce maybe, seems to be getting greedy. A friend, who was go- ing to put his antique car in the parade, said they wanted $35 from him to put it in. That seems a little steep. I won- dered why there weren't more things such as cars, antique boats, etc. and no wonder, What about it people? We have people from all over Cal- ifornia, Nevada coming to Chester for the parade and it's very good for the local econo- my. Can we afford to have this keep up? I would like to see more people voice their opin- ions about it. P.S. I called the commerce and was $20 for an Still higher last year. Della Bridges Chester chamber of they said it antique car. than the $10 it was many of us, is tired of the an- gry, negative, personal attack ads that seem to be in vogue with today's politicians -- in all political parties. But Mr. Saxton seems to see something entirely different in his reading. His personal attack on her and what he de- termined to be her voting record, implied that she did not read legislation she voted for, and that she voted for President Obama and not President Bush. Next, he declared that the Tea Party Patriots are not a political party. He is correct on that point. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, politics is the art or science of guiding or influencing gov- ernmental policy. The Tea Party Patriots website states that one of the major core val- ues of their organization is to constitutionally limit govern- ment. That sure sounds like a political objective to me. A further objection that I have with Mr. Saxton is to his personally demeaning and in- sulting tone with which he ad- dressed Ms. Rains. Unless he personally knows her, his use of the term "honey," was in- sulting and beyond the pale to address his angry diatribe. He further insulted her by sug- gesting that she might march "perhaps in the May Day Pa- rade, Red Square." I also found the signature as "Dr. Trent Saxton" to be irrel- evant. Does Mr. Saxton think that being a chiropractor somehow gives him the status of Ober Citizen? Ralph Parsons East Quincy t3ber citizen? Art of compromise Wow, I thought, when I read Not too long ago some kids Trent Saxton's letter to the ed- decided to have a birthday itor, Kathy Rains must have party for one Of their buddies. written a major liberal tract By unanimous decision they that condemned the Tea Party determined to have cake and Patriots and everything ice cream for their party. American: So I re-read her let- Some of the kids didn't like ter and could only find her ice cream, but after a few con- opinion that political entries cessions, a date was set for the into the Fourth of July parade grand occasion. should not be included. She Money had been collected merely expressed an opinion, from each kid (which was one but no political agenda that I of the agreements) but as time could detect. Perhaps she, like went by, the group leaders decided to have a sour pickle not be able to attract younger closed, but the folks voted for instead of cake (cost of cake health professionals, hospital a tax assessment. Now, after skyrocketed) and ice creamincome will go down and the hospitals are closed, the (cows dried up). This tight lit- eventually it will close, tax assessments continue un- tle group of kids started bick- Do you like our cute little til the time expires. That can- eringand drifting apart. Some town with art galleries and not possibly happen in Quin- actually liked pickles, others restaurants and a movie the- cy. Right? Just ask Mr. Hath- cake and still a few loved ice atre and a live theatre (some- away. cream, but with few finances day)? All of these are really The Quincy hospital must nofatlcould behad, nice enhancements to our take a different or alternative Another vote was taken af-quality of life that are support- approach, such as merging ter a group meeting. Even ed by a solid infa-structure with a large organization. though a few ki ts were not in that includes a great hospital. That will save our hospital as total agreement, hamburgers Allow the hospital to disap- well as the local jobs. and soda was selected as the pear and these will go away. Do not take a chance on 'a food of choice. And they lived Earl Thompson 30-year tax obligation. happily ever after. Quincy Think about it. The End. Cap the tax. Milton BeerKaput Jan Klement Meadow Valley Just a thought ... Quincy We all want to keep the hos- pital. The misrepresented Do the math bond issue was approved byHere's the deal for the aver- 70 percent plus of the voters, age household. All rural hospitals have D- For $13 per month you and nancial problems. Quincy is your family get: $30 million not an exception. Alturas per year flowing into our County Hospital. Kaput. Greenville and Loyalton are See Letters, page 12B Good intentions Many well-intentioned and thoughtful people signed the Measure B petition. After do- ing some research and getting the facts, I can that say that the "cap the tax" at $50, with the result of $300,000 income is a fantasy. If the voters ap- prove a cap it will result in no bonds being sold at a rate we can live with. In the real world bond buyers will not take that risk. Bond buyers will demand a higher rate (junk rate) and that will kill the hospital expansion. Measure A does not give the board unlimited taxing au- thority. Taxes raised are lim- ited to $17.5 million. The in- terest rates of the bonds are the source of the problem as I see it. I attended the last hospital board meeting public session and I was pleased that the board voted unanimously to approve a motion that stated that they intend to only sell bonds that result in a tax rate of $125 or less at the highest year per $100,000 of assessed valuation, with an average of $100 over the term of,the bond (30 years) and trending lower to $64. $100.00 per year is a number that I can live with. How many trips to Reno for health care can I make for $1007 Without the ability to sell bonds the expansion will not happen, our hospital will have i Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: / contact / U.S. SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TTY/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710 E-mail: go to website ,,,, U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 I St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563; OR 112 Hart Bldg., i Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 4TH DIST. ,- Tom McClintock. 508 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-2511; FAX (202) 225-5444. District office 4230 Douglas Blvd., Suite #200, Granite Bay, CA 95746. (916) 786-5560, FAX: (916) 786-6364 STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Dave Cox (R), District office: 2140 Professiona: Dr., #140, Roseville, CA, 95661. (916) 783-8232, FAX (916) 783-5487; OR: State Capital, Room 2068, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680;; Quincy officei 2094 E. Main St., Quincy, 530-283-3437. FAX 283-3439. ::: STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 3RD DIST. - Dan Logue, State Capital Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 319-2003; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 1550 Humboldt Rd., Ste. #4, Chico, CA 95928; (530) 895-4217, FAX (530) 895-4219. iGOVERNOR-Arnold Schwarzenegger, office of the Governor, Statei } Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. i i / interact # contact ' i ;