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12B Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 LETTERS, from page I] B district. We don't have to pay property taxes to Enloe or Renown or St. Mary's when we use them, and we want the business from the sur- rounding communities. Their business helps keep our hospital operating prof- itably, and gives us the vol- ume of patients necessary to attracf dozens of highly trained specialty doctors to our area frequently. This is especially important to our senior citizens, many of whom don't have the means to tt'avel to distant cities. When small villages in oth- Plumas County's 1934 party Claimingit was a vintage year, a group of Plumas Coun- ty residents, all born in 1934, will celebrate their member- s' 76th birthday at2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, at the Meadow Valley home of John and Betty Gallagher. The 1934 Party, startecl more than a decade ago by Quin- cy's Bob Melms, was set up and developed to bring togeth- er everyone from all demographic and socioeconomic ele- ments of Plumas County born that year. Born in the Depression and raised during World War II, the individuals in the group closely identify with each other, regardless of where they were born, as their genera- tion encountered a common set of challenges that fostered a drive, enthusiasm and self-discipline that resulted in the development of a common set of core values. Interestingly, the party has grown to become something of a tradition among married couples whether one or both were born in '34 and among singles who also celebrate 1934 as the year of their nativity. The 1934 Party is open to anyone born that year and their spouse or friend. As usual, the party is a potluck where participants bring a dish to share, plus their own meat, fish, or veggie to barbecue. The Gallaghers will supply the hot barbecue, the cold ice chests for drinks, paper plates, plastic utensils and a dessert. Folks can also bring a birthday gift for the exchange if they wish to participate. This is always great fun, but re- member a sense of humor is always welcome! Last year's 1934 Party was the best ever with partici- pants from all over Northern California and Nevada, so don't miss out on this year's wonderful and rewarding event. For information or directions contact John and Betty Gallagher at 283-2243 or Fred and Susan Howe at 283-2934. er countries can construct large churches, I believe it is very practical that we can modernize our own hospital. If you believe that people don't have enough money, then stand in the grocery store line and watch what people are putting in their shopping cart. Our community is a rich mixture of folks who serve others -- that is deputies, am- bulance drivers, road folks, firefighters, teachers and health care providers. This hospital dialogue isn't only about us -- it's.what we do for each other. Bill Coates Quincy "The gang" Bob Herr, Skip Alexander, Bob Zernich'and the rest of the Gang of Five want you to vote your anger on Measure B and not think about the consequences. That approach could be tragic for our hospi- tal, but hey, the Gang says that's not their problem. They want your help in shooting down 4 to 4-1/2 per- cent USDA bond money to re- place our old and outdated hospital but have no alter- nate plan whatsoever. That sounds irresponsible to me. The Gang wants you to look back at the shortcom- ings of the PDH board and "send them a message." I believe our responsibility as community members is to look forward and ask where we go from here. Passing Measure B solves nothing. Vote No on Measure B. Pete Hentschel Quincy No interest Ever since the property tax bills came out last October, the proponents of Measure B have viciously attacked the hospital board members both as a group and as individu- als. They have used words such as "liars" and "conspir-. ators" to describe them and their actions. To their credit, the board members have maintained their composure under extreme pressure. The "Cappers" claim to want a viable hospital, but their actions don't show it. Instead of offering oew solu- tions to the financing prob- lem, they just restate the same old alternatives that the board has already stud- ied and rejected for a variety of reasons. As the owners of Plumas District Hospital, as all of us in the district are, you would think they would want to work with the board to come to a mutually accept- able result. However, all I hear the Cappers say is that working within a $50 cap is the ',board's problem." This November, three of the five board seats are up for election. What an oppor- tunity for any person or group who feels that the board has not acted prudent- ly or even properly. Put u,p some candidates who share your views and work to get them elected. Then, regardless of the outcome of Measure B, you would be in a position to control the direction of the hospital. Makes sense, don't it? Does to me! But no, not one person (that's nada, zilch, none) who favors Measure B filed for L Destinations in and around Plums Cot ty Proprietors: Bink & Josh Huddleston 213 Main St., Greenville 530-284-7334 11 119 Main Street Hours: II 1 [,ut , Chester, CA 96020 Tues-Sat a: '  Phone: 10am-4pm  9 530-258-2325 Closed Sun & Moll ( Greenville cottage ntiques & Collectibles Gay Jacobs www.indi 147Crescent Street (Hwy. 89)*Greenviue, California 95947 I - Antiques, their history and provenance have always been a passion for father and son team Bink and Josh Huddleston. As the proprietors of Sterling Sage: Fine Iewelry, Furnishings and Antiques in Greenville, Bink and Josh have stocked an array of antiques large and small, for over 13 years. Antiques may not be their main focus any- more, but Sterling Sage still has a wonder- ful selection of jewelry, furniture, pottery, )orcelain, art and primitives. Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter the November election! This leads me to believe that at least the leadership of the "Cap-The-Tax" move- ment has no interest in the hospital at all. They are moti- vated by a selfish interest to hold their property taxes down at the expense of quali- ty healthcare in the Quincy area. Well, no thank you t. Vote No on Measure B and save our hospital! Keith Nicoles Quincy Blunt tool Measure B is a blunt tool, good for knocking things down but not very useful for community-building. Quincy is gifted with many people who have given so "much to build our great cOmmunity, and show up when work needs to be done, with fine tools, edges honed with knowledge, positivity and compassion, handles bur- nished with experience. The blunt tool is not needed. Vote No on Measure B. Greg Kinne Quincy Fully informed As chairman of the PDH board of directors I'm con- cerned and saddened that a former employee, whose let- ter appeared last week, said she felt fear of retaliation if she were to voice her en- dorsement of Measure B. That is not the relationship we have with our employees at PDH. I work daily side by side with people who support Measflre B, yet we join to- gether to provide excellent patient care and I don't be- lieve they fear reprisals due to their political views, Political discussion of all kinds, including badges and the like, is prohibited at PDH. This is to prevent any employee feeling discrimi- nated against due to their po- litical views, not to prevent legitimate off-hours discus- sion of the issues -- a policy that has been in force at PDH for many years. I'm also sorry this person didn't take the time to be- come more fully informed prior to committing her feel- ings to writing. Unfortunate- ly, she has never attended a single PDH board of direc. tots meeting and appears to have no expertise in health- care finance or administra- tion. Her understanding of our recruiting prospects, hospital expansion and fi- nancing alternatives clearly are not well informed. Apparently she feels PDH is on the wrong track but to my knowledge has never made an attempt to right it. As always we would welcome her and any of our employees at our board meetings and their comments would be heard. She was a wonderful employee and we would welcome her back if and when she chooses to return to the area. Mark Satterfield, MD Chairman, Board Of Directors Plumas District Hospital Quincy Thumbs up, down. Very likely more than half the votes on Measure Bhave already been mailed in. So as this campaign winds down, maybe it's time to award some thumbs up and thumbs down on community respon- sibility shown during the campaign. Thumbs up to the four peo- ple who have decided to run for the hospital board in the November election. Consid- ering all the abuse the cur- rent board has taken in re- cent months, it's a miracle that John Kimmel, Fred Thon, Bill Wickman and Kathy Price would volunteer to run at all. Any three of the four would be valuable occu- pants of the three available seats. Thumbs down on those who ran the Capper cam- paign. They purposely and systematically spread reck- less claims and false informa- tion. For example, that Mea- sure A had given the board "unlimited" taxing authori- ty, and that a $50 cap would still permit the necessary hospital upgrades to be made. Not true, but they kept at it. On the other hand, maybe a thumbs up should go to those same Cappers, since not one of themdecided to run for the board. That's a decision the whole communi- ty can celebrate. George Terhune Quincy Don't squander As this important election draws to a close, we have all considered the powerful thoughtful reasons of the need to vote No on Measure B. Another reason is the low- interest pending.USDA loan (actually bonds). An update of the progress of,he loan ap- plication is in last week's pa- per. It is ironic that the fi- nancial Armageddon envi- ronment .that we all experi- enced approximately two years ago that-led to extreme bond market prices now gives us a fantastic opportu- nity to borrow at a low rate courtesy of the stimulus funds (AARA) that were au- thorized because of the finan- cial crisis. This is a one-time advantage. Measure B would take this away from us. We would be irresponsible to squander this critical, timely opportunity. Please join me in voting No on B. Earl Thompson Quincy I HelpAforpeople with " I Macular Degeneratmn Find out if telescopic glasses, microscopic glasses or , prismatic glasses can help you see better. 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