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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE w WHERE I STAND they were "conspicuously for the property'owners? support these bonds was near- information, it is very obvi- try and influence the election. ........................................................................................................... missing." The reporter didn't The public must be advised ly $80 per $100,000 of assessed ous that Measure A was The PDH board has been MARTY BRUTLAG even follow up to find outthat the resolution is not value -- more than double the flawed. Yet PDH board is running out of control for ASSISTANT TREASURER COMMITTEE FOR MEASURE A why? What kind of reporting binding. You did not vote in tax rate required for most determined to keep it alive at almost a year now. It's time to is this? The reporter has an election for the resolution, hospital bonds. The limited the expense of the property put an end to this nonsense. Why were the "members of called many times to propo- The resolution can be rescind- and struggling rural economy owners. Property values may who knows what stunt they the Measure B tax cap group nents of Measure B for their ed or replaced just as easily as placed limitations on the po- actually go down if Measure B will pull next? conspicuously missing" at the comments during this wholeit was made by this or a fu- tential donations needed to fails. Prospective property Take control of your taxes Plumas District Hospital spe- process. Why not this time? ture board, fund a campaign." buyers may shy away from and control over the PDH cial board meeting July 15? People who support Mea- PDH hired the firm of Tra- We are a struggling ruralbuying, knowing the tax bur- board's taxing authority. We didn't know about the sure B have been attendingmutola to conduct a feasibili- economy. Should we be pay- den they will be facing. Vote Yes on Measure B. meeting! the monthly PDH board meet- ty study for the hospital. The ing over three, or many more, PDH is now coming tq the Several questions have ings regularly for almost a Friends of the Hospital then times the tax rate than what table kicking and screaming Editor's note: The Brown come to mind since the reve- year. The board knows who hired Tramutola to craft Mea- most hospital bond rates re- after all they put us through. Act, California's public meet- lation of the PDH special we are. Does the PDH boardsure A to put it on the ballot quire? Were we ever advised With no response to our cries ing law, requires 24-hour meeting in the newspaper want to hear all sides of the because "Tramutola is known of this burden compared to for help, delaying for months notice of a special meeting. and the results of the meeting, issue? Didn't they think that for our ability to pass tough other hospital districts?our initiative by not appoint- The agenda for the July 15 Was the announcement of something wrong may be hap- elections in.difficult electoral We have over 20 percent un- ing an election official, de- special meeting of the Plumas the meeting Purposefully pening at the meeting?, climates. We can help youemployment in Plumas Coun- claring our initiative illegal, District Hospital board was done to be assured that the Although the PDH board choose the right election date ty. We have numerous fore- getting bad counsel from their hand delivered to our Quincy opposition wasn't there? may have been legally and design a measure thatclosures in Plumas County. attorneys forcing us to file office 24 hours before the meet- Didn't they feel the least bit correct in posting about their voters will support." In other Should we burden our proper- suit against them, delaying ing. (It is PDH'spractice to embarrassed with the opposi- "special" meeting, they were words, we've been had! ty owners with more debt?accepting our initiative by hand deliver agendas and tion not being there? morally and ethically wrong. I'm beginning to think that Also absent in the mailing having the county clerk only board packets to us.) We can- Many of us had crossed This only shows how desper- Tramutola came up With the about Measure A, mailed out count the signatures, then not speak to who else received paths with several people who ate the Friends of the Hospi- "Save Our Hospital" slogan, to voters by the Friends of waiting to declare an election, an agenda or where agendas oppose Measure B since then, tal, the Save Our Hospital, the Keep pounding the voters Plumas Hospital and the bal- changing the wording on the were posted. Those questions with no mention of the meet- PDH board and the with "If we don't get a new lot itself, was the emphasis on ballot, delaying the election should be addressed to PDH ing or the results, when did newspaper are to defeat hospital, the hospital will the new two-story building until November, forcing us to administration, 283. 7127. the newspaper find out about Measure B. close." If only the property with two new operating take them back to court, final- Our July 14 issue had al- the meeting? How? I don't re- The PDH board has made owners in Greenville and Loy- rooms, a maternity ward, ly getting spanked by theready been pressed and was call seeing anything in the pa- a last ditch effort to appear alton had gone deeper in debt over 20 beds, etc. Was that judge with an injunction on being distributed by the time per the day before the meet- to be listening to property and built new hospitals, their deception to not mention the selling any more bonds until we received the special agenda. ing, announcing the meeting, owners by passing a resolu- hospitals would be running major new buildingor was it the election is over, the word- Thus, tt was physically impos- This is such a hot topic that I tion capping the tax rate at smoothly now! just an oversight? When were ing on the ballot and the elec- siblefor us to get notice of the don't think it would be buried $125/$100k and $100/$110k After Measure A passed, we, thepublic, invited for in- tion Aug. 31. Holy cow! Sorry meeting into any ofourpa- someplace in the paper. Did average over the life of the Tramutola put a news article put on the type of hospital up- for the long sentence. Did all pers. There was no decision to the Feather River Bulletin bond. This was done at a on their website about Mea- grade we needed? Is this a of that happen? And now they decline to print it. know about it.and declined to hastily arranged meeting sure A's passage. Here is an hospital designed by the doc- want to be our friend andAnyone can make an print it? that few if any public knew excerpt from that article: "We tor's wish list or what we re- cap the tax rate at $125 per annual request to receive The only mention of Mea- about except the No on B faced several difficult chal- ally need? How was it deter- $100k assessed valuation? It }meeting notices and agendas sure B proponents was that crowd. At the llth hour they lenges. Given the small tax mined? is pretty obvious that the from PDH or any other public now want to provide reliefba e, the tax rate required to Based on the above resolution was put there to body. ospital facility is the missing piece for model healthcare WHERE I STAND In the midst of economical- System, has recently said, As in almost every business, plan to remedy the missingonly, while transferring all ly challenging times, Plumas "After more than a decade of organization or athletic team, ingredient in our quest to be hospital admissions to an VINCENT FRANTZ, MD District Hospital has main. working with Plumas Dis- excellence attracts more ex. a model community for outside facility. JENNIFER GLADDEN, MD tained fiscal stability with no trict Hospital and its medical cellence. The employees athealth are. We recognize the Not only would this be ex- RACHELjEFFREyHURLBURT,KEPPLE, MDDO debt, while continuing to pro- staff, we continue to be im- Plumas District Hospital care sacrifice, and we acknowl-tremely inconvenient to our ROSS MORGAN, MD vide a full spectrum of hospi- pressed with the quality of deeply about our reputation, edge the challenging econom- patients, California Health LAWRENCE PRICE, MD tal services, as well as an ex- the education that our stu- as they care deeply about our ic times. There is no getting and Safety Code 1798.175 vir- MARK SATTERFIELD, MD cellent repertoire ofhigh-cal- dents have received and the patients, around the fact that hospital tually precludes a freestand- POOJA PATEL, DDS iber visiting specialists,quality of the clinical care Third, a successful health- construction is "capital in- ing emergency room to exist DAVID REED, DOS More importantly, we have that they provide to the peo- care system requires an up- tensive" as former Featherwithout an adjoining hospi- RICHARD FQSTER, PHARMD continued to maintain unity pie of Plumas County and the to-date facility and infra ...... River College professor Bill tal. Without our ability to sta- PDH DOCTORS of purpose among our physi- region. We look forward to structure, equipped with Martin has explained, bilize patients in a fully clans, nurses, dentists, ad- increasing our relationship standard-of-care technology We physicians have been equipped emergency room Dear Patients, Neighbors and ministration and our elected going forward." and information systems, highly involved in the design and hospital facility, poor Community Members: board. We are truly seeking In order to continue in our In stark contrast to our process; we attest to the fact outcomes including unneces- This great community hasto represent a model commu- quest tO be a model health- strengths, this has becomethat our new hospital willsary deaths would occur all demonstrated many years,nity in regards to healthcare, care delivery system, three our greatest weakness, andmeet the needs of our commu- too frequently. and perhaps decades, of over- and have been recognized for essential ingredients must be now a true liability. Our 50- nity and be up-to-date in use- Measure B would kill a whelming support, utiliza- this on severaloccasions, in place, year-old, antiquated facility ful technology. We also be- tremendous opportunity and tion and trust in our local We also continue to be a First, we have been very se- is becoming a detractor in re- lieve the current plan hascast a dark cloud of uncer- healthcare system, teaching facility, regularly lective in our recruiting of cruiting new physicians and been whittled down carefully tainty on the future of health- We have enjoyed an ab- participating in the training only well-trained and highly other staff. One top physician to an efficient, no-frills facili- care in Quincy. Without a sence of controversy, while of physicians and'nurses, qualified physicians and den- applicant we have recentlyty that will markedly improve new hospital, we will have observing from a short dis- Several PDH physicians aretists. Even now, in spite of interviewed said, "You have our ability to deliver safe, pri- difficulty recruiting physi- tance the difficult struggles currently associate faculty of our physician shortage, we so much going for you here, vate and effective care. clans, and we may have diffi- of our neighboring communi- both University of Nevada - are turning away applicants but you really need a new Some proponents of Mea- culty in retaining our cur- ties. We have seen local hos- Reno and University of Call- who do not meet our stan-hospital." sure B have suggested "scal- rent physicians. pitals go bankrupt or close, fornia - Davis medical dards. Indeed, our hospital is not ing back" services as a strate- We, as the physicians, den- or at least markedly reduce schools. Second, we would not be only encumbering our care,gy to avoid building a newtists and pharmacist of their levels of service, partic- Thomas S. Nesbitt, M.D., successful without the dedi- but also our recruitment',hospital. Some have recom-Plumas ]Ylstrict Hospital, en- ularly ".m the areas of surgery M.P.H., associate vice chan- cation and quality of nursing Thanks to the passage of mended maintaining our courage you to vote No on and obstetrics, cellor of U.C.-Davis Health staff and ancillary services. Measure A, we now have a emergency room and clinicsMeasure B. LETTERS EDITOR. Guidelines for Letters All letters must contain an address and a phone number. We publish only one }etter 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. 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 Chill pill When I wrote my opinion regarding politics and com- mercialism staying out of the Graeagle Independence Day Parade, it was not my inten- tion to initiate a firestorm over anybody's personal po- litical beliefs. Obviously, I struck a cord with the good doctor who felt the need to react by way of a frontal as- sault on my character. I would like to thank Mr. Ralph Parsons for his thoughtful response and the time he took to research my letter. It was reassuring to know that he clearly under- Stood my message and he saw that I had no hidden agenda. I just want to keep the pa- detectorlight), ary 2009, he handed over ament, public utilities, fire- our supervisors should be rade fun and free of politics. I It is not afraid of people deficit of $482 billion and that fighters, Forest Service, so- sensitive to the importance don't know how I could have and does not run when yelled doesn't include the cost of cial services, Fish and Game, of transparency and public made my point any clearer at. the Iraq and Afghanistan Caltrans, etc. In addition, involvement in the conduct than to say, as I did at the on- It likes cats, dogs and small wars; those totals are anoth- many private business peo- of county business. set of my letter, that "it is not children, er $16 billion a month! The ple rely on customers that re- Thank you, Feather Pub- my intent to criticize, or in It is roaming around S. Bush administrationnever ceive Social Security, lishing, for being on your any way offer an opinion Mill Creek, center Street and included the cost of the wars medicare, medicaid, social toes and keeping us and the about (the NorCal Tea Party) all of East Quincy. when posting their economic services aid, unemployment, board on ours. other than to say that this pa- Beware of the bear. numbers for public viewing, etc.; your tax dollars at work. Harry Reeves rade should not be used as a LeeDeCamp During the presidential Do you really believe Quincy platform for political or corn- Quincy campaign of 2008, it was Plumas County would be bet- mercial grandstanding." widely reported that anyone ter off without this source of Senseless Maybe the word "grand- Good job who wanted to take on thisrevenue or services? Would Hey! I think I was just This is a public thank-you massive debt, two wars, high it be better to have a 25 per- threatened by a census Mr.Standing"saxton?Was too harsh for to Dig It Construction, out of unemployment and the great- cent higher unemploymentworker. Regardless, his attack of Chester.They are replacing a est recession onrecord aside rate in the county because When, after no less than me personally was unwar- culvert on Highway 70, and I from the Great Depression you don't want to contribute eight contacts, I requested no ranted. For someone who pass through their construc- must be crazy. A problem a fair share? Perhaps you do, more contacts, supervisor refers to himself as "doctor" I tion zone twice and some-that both Republicans and that of course is a decision Dave commented, "Well I'll found his tone to be very un- times four times a day. Every Democrats agreed already you will need to live with. write that in the 'comments' professional. If he is the self- day the flaggers are friendly existed. Dennis Alderson section of this form, but you proclaimed ambassador of and polite, the area is well- Diminishing middle class? Martinez must know it will raise a red the NorCal Tea Party, count marked and clean, and I nev- Absolutely! This became evi- flag on you." (And this while me out. You can get further er wait more than about dent when the medium On our toes standing in the coolness of three minutes. All the em- with sugar than salt, my good doctor. Maybe an M.D. ployees are busy and diligent household income declined EaCh of reads our local my kitchen because I felt sor- can find you a chill pill. and I always feel safe driving by $328 between 2000 - 2007. newspaper for a wide range ry for the poor guy out in 90- Let's keep the parade fun. through their work zone. Huge debt brought on by spi- of reasons, but we should degree weather on a Sunday raling health care costs, never lose sight of a funda- afternoon.) KathyRainSGraeagle edThanksjob! for a well-conduct- rocketing home prices, de-mental purpose and valuable I wasn't quick enough on creasing wages, decreasingpublic service provided by my feet to ask "and just what P.S. My bikini body may IngridBurke benefits, the outsourcing of newspapers. Local papersdoes that mean?" And now I have gone by the wayside but Butterfly Valley jobs and out-of-control regu- serve to alert the community ponder why that was an un- you won't catch me in a Better off?. latory agencies was and still topotentialproblems, reasonable request. How muumuu. Chili out, honey. In response to Ms. West'sis destroying the middle While I agree with the con- many contacts does it take to My Turn: class in America. clusion of the Brown Act vio- count two people anyway? Bewarethe bear The facts are so inconve.Twenty-five percent of thelation article (July 21), that The same two people who For three nights, we have nient, so when they are, well workforce in Plumas Countythe Board of Supervisors be- have lived in the same home had a large cinnamon brown just tell a different story. (these numbers are taken havior was probably not a at the same location for the bear, approximately 400 George W. Bush was handedfrom the county website) are big deal and it appears that last 15 years? pounds, 30 feet from our back a $236 billion surplus in 2001. employed in some public ca- no action or decision was door (which has a motion When he left office in Janu- pacity, teachers, law enforce- made behind closed doors, See Letters, page 12B