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12B Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter LETTERS, from page 11B The people who started the reasonable," and I voted yes. initiative that led to Measure Next thing I hear is $25 isn't B do not represent the proper- enough, they're going to need district, 288 good jobs, a new ty owners because we are not $50. Then someone was saying addition that will ensure elected officials. What we have they need $150. Then it was PDH's doors stay open far into done, however, is give proper- "Give us unlimited money or the future, full acute care has- ty owners an opportunity tothe hospital will go away!" pital with advanced life sup- tell the board in no uncertain Whoa up! Does the term port, modern operating rooms, terms that they are on the highway robbery mean any- emergency rooms, and patient wrong path and they do not thing to you? A whole lot of rooms, more doctors and other have the overwhelming sup- people use the hospital.Many, healthcare professionals, the port they thought they had.maybe most of them, are not best odds that your family and Why the higher tax rates? It property owners and are not friends will have their lives is the interest they agreed to footing the tax bill. But the lo- saved and suffering reduced, pay on the first $3.2 million cal property owners are ex- and much more. bonds, 6.9 percent. Who pected to foot the whole bill. For $6.50 per month (the knows what interest rate they That doesn't seem fair or rea- Prop. B tax cap amount) you would have paid in Februarysonable. get none of the above. If any- 2010, for the next set of bonds? Now we are being threat- one needs help with this Has the board made any ened that if we don't roll over math, let me know. commitment as to how high of and open our wallets, the hos- Greg Kinnean intel~est rate that they will pital will go away. "And then Quincy obligate us to? Answer, No!you will have to drive all the Do you want the PDH board way to Chico or Reno for med- Take it back ' to continue "the mistake" of ical care." No, I won't. I'm re- Why do we have Measure taxing us more than the esti- tired. I don't have to stay B? Measure A was/is a case of mate of Measure A at an un-here. Neither do a lot of peG- taxation without representa- known rate? Or do you want ple. Just suppose all the re- tion. take back control of your tax- tired people pack up and move When the PDH board voted es? away. Gone would be all the to tax the property owners of If you vote YES for Measuremoney we contribute to the the district more than the esti- B you will control your taxes, community, not just in prop- mate in Measure A, who on MartyBrutlag erty taxes but also money the board was/is there to rep- Quincy spent with local businesses. resent the property owners? Look around you. This area Answer, nobody! Highway robbery? is in crisis. I've heard unem- Many of us voted for Mea- Just thought I'd offer my ployment is at over 20 per- sure A because of that esti- two cents worth: The first cent. Businesses are closing. mate. The only thing the thing I remember is someonePeople are leaving. There is board could come up with calling me about raising man- nomoney! was, "It was a mistake." The ey for a new hospital and ask- We are running out of doc- board wants to continue "the ing, "You wouldn't mind pay- tars. Just having a new hospi- mistake" by continuing to ex- ing an extra $25 per year on tal is not going to attract doc- ceed the limits of the estima- your property taxes, would tars if there is no financial tion of Measure A. you?" community to support them. The property owners of theOK, that was misleading or do you think this is some district were never given a and I'm not naive enough tosort of weird, "If you build it, chance to vote whether they believe it would be only $25. they will come" thing? wanted to obligate themselves Actually, I believe it was $25 Get out of your bubble and to a higher tax rate than the per $100,000 property value, look around. The question estimate. But I said, "Sure, OK. sounds isn't can we build a new has- in an{ J. II 119 Main Street Hours: | ~q, Chester, CA96020 Tues-Sat ].( Phone: 10am-4pm ~ ~x~) 530-258-2325 Closed Sun & Mon (E x~ Closed Saturdays ~1 www.indianvaltey, net/greenville.cotTage I 147Crescent Street (Hwy. 89), Greenviue, California 95947 ] Proprietors: Bink & Josh Huddleston 213 Main St., Greenville 530-284-7334 pital, but should we, when everything is in such a crisis state? You can't getblood from a turnip, and, unfortu- nately, there are lots of turnips here. Judith Parks-Stevens Meadow Valley Just say no Proposition B, the hospital measure to "cap the tax" would result in a failed hospi- tal and a very depressed local economy and community. Why a failed hospital? Be- cause without a modernized hospital, which the proposed addition would provide, our community cannot attract new excellent doctors. Doc- tors are the bread and butter of the hospital because they refer patients to the hospital services. Why a depressed local econ- omy and community? Because 288 jobs are presently provided by the hospital directly and in- directly and $30 million is in- fused into the local economy. Many employees at the hos- pital are active members in our community providing vol- unteer hours and donations to local groups which would be lost when the hospital fails. Do we want to take that chance? Also, people looking to relocate to a new communi- ty look favorably at Quincy because it has a hospital, but they will look elsewhere when the hospital fails. Yes, the hospital board probably made some mistakes but looking at the community people who represent that board I can't imagine that they have had anything but the best interest of the cam- Local shopkeeper comes home: After graduating from Quincy high school somewhere between the Jurassic and Neolithic periods (actually the 70's) local shopkeeper Melinda Langwell Davis has "come home" to Plumas County. Secondhand Rose is the brainchild of Melinda, who is also a nurse and the author of four books on Chinese metaphysics. Her daughter, Katie Rose, is a junior at Chester High school. Secondhand Rose is a vintage thrift, antiques and collectables store. Donations are gratefully accepted and a coupon for $ 5 in store credit is given for all donations. A portion of all sales goes to The Fallen Firefighter Survivor's Foundation and animal rescues. 119 Main Street Hours: Chester, CA 96020 Tues-Sat Phone: 10am-4pm 530-258-2325 Closed Sun & Mon munity in mind. Could they about themselves. know that the international Make no mistake, a yes vote economy was going to take a on Measure B will be the first serious tumble or that Califor- step in causing a quickly de- nia muni bonds would lose clining community where credibility, thereby increas- everyone goes their own way ing rates. I don't think so. And while the community dies. by the way, this board and the Any way you look at it, doc- hospital have been studying . tars [and we don't have for years the best way to mad- enough now] will not come to ernize the hospital and to pay a rural area that doesn't care for that construction. Taxing about quality medical care. property taxes and building Without new doctors, hospi- an addition versus upgrading tal billing will decline. Spe- the old hospital are the most cialists will not come to us; we viable solutions, will have to drive to them for My house is assessed at less every appointment. than $100,000, so taking the Young professionals will not high end of what I might have be willing to raise children to pay at $125 per $100,000 I'll here, and older people will not be paying less than $2.50 per come here to retire.-Our sense week. of community will quickly dis- Figure out your own taxes appear, and Quincy will lose based on the high of $125 much of the vibrancy that at- which after much research is tracted many of us. the high figure that the Save This hospital vote is the our Hospital committee is most important vote here in willing to stand by. ! would be my lifetime. If Measure B is happy to pay more to main- successful, you can basically tain a viable hospital a few put out the campfire and turn blocks from my house. Keep out the lights. Property values in mind that your assessed will collapse and those of us value is very different from who have much of our net your market value, worth in real property will One more thing that needs lose substantial wealth. to be addressed is the refer- No one likes to pay taxes, ence made by the proponents but if we don't retain basic of Prop. B to the low taxation services, property here will rates in Truckee for a local become essentially worthless. hospital versus the rates in For your own self-interest, the PDH district. The Truckee financial and medical, vote to rates are so much lower be- sustain the town and vote No cause the district is very rich on Measure B. with a total assessed valua- Michael Jackson tion of $16 billion dollars ver- Quincy sus the PDH district of $600 million: We aren't Truckee Left or right? and never will be. We hear people on the far I feel grateful every day for left comparing conservatives with fascists. Nothing could being able to live in such a be further from the truth. The wonderful community as Quincy. After living here for fascist, like the communist, is 25 years I did move to the Bay also a socialist. Probably the Area for eight years in 1999, greatest difference is the fas- but was happy to return three cist caters to a different class years ago as this is the place I of people in his rise to power. call my home. We don't have While the fascist starts with a control over lots of aspects of middle class and works his our community but we do way up, the communist starts with the underprivileged and have the control to support a viable hospital. You'll receive works his way up, in his quest your ballot the first week of for power. August so please join me in Communists preach love, voting No on Proposition B. while fascists preach hate. In Karen Kleven either case, in their quest to Quincy render the military physically capable of ruling the country C-rifieat ~ ~, ~- ~,-; ..... ~;by force, the-me~ans of produc- Plumas County has always tion and distribution would been a place where people be put under government con- made sacrifices to live be- trol, especially the defense in- cause of the quality of life dustries. Also, keep in mind here. But it is not so clear to that the right to bear arms is me that that is still true. the balance of power between Take the Measure B cam- the states and the federal gov- palgn as an example. People ernment. Those who compare in the area used to be support- conservatives with fascists el- ire of quality medical ser- ther don't know what they are vices, but now it seems that talking about or they are at- there is a group of people who tempting to falsely demonize don't care about preserving the conservative movement. quality local medical care. 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