Immigration, illegal and not
EDITOR: You will notice first that I use the term, “illegal immigration,” because I’m tired of hearing the problem being called the politically correct term “immigration.” Experience has taught me that you can’t resolve a problem if you can’t correctly identify it, so call it what it is “illegal immigration.” As I see it the problem has multiple causes.
First and foremost, in my opinion, the problem is Mexico itself, an upper class and the peonies – no middle class. The Mexican government is either afraid of, or in collaboration with, the drug cartels, probably both.
We here in the United States say we are a nation of laws, and we are – except when we aren’t. The southern U.S. border problem didn’t start with nor was it caused by Donald Trump, but he has been the lightning rod to call the nation’s attention to the problem. I support Donald Trump’s goals but I don’t necessarily support his methods or his rhetoric. As I have stated many times in conversations, “I can love Donald Trump and hate Donald Trump in a single 10 second time period.”
The illegal immigrant problem isn’t new; it’s been around for decades. The problem is that neither political party wants a resolution that will satisfy both sides and, in my opinion, that is a dereliction of duty by Congress to us, the citizens of the U.S.
Do I believe all illegal immigrants should be deported? Absolutely not. The violent criminals who have committed a felony, including drug trafficking, must be deported. Those who are here and have abided by all of our laws, save immigration, should be given some type of guest worker permit and this permitting would be mandatory. Not to have a permit would be cause for deportation after the initial sign up period. Finding a path to citizenship should be addressed at a later date, don’t try and accomplish too much in one pass.
We need the labor force that a majority of the current illegal immigrants provide and my guess is that even Donald Trump relies on some these people, as well as many if not all members of Congress. When I hear all of the inciteful rhetoric being spewed by both the far right and the far left I shake my head in disbelief. We are a better people than this and it’s high time we started acting that way.
More lives saved at other hospitals
EDITOR: As a retired neurologist, as a long-term hospital patient and as a former member of the Board of Trustees of a San Francisco hospital, I can assure Sonoma Valley Healthcare District Board members Peter Hohorst and Jane Hirsch that I do know something about medical care and hospitals (“Even One Life Saved Is Worth It,” March 7). I also know that it is a reality of life (and death) that economics matter. It is my belief that better medical care is available to our community and that we do not need to pay a parcel tax to achieve and maintain it.
The 24-hour emergency room clinic to which I referred is just that. It is an outpatient facility which provides basic medical care to those who don’t have a primary care provider available to them for whatever reason. (I noted at the SVHCD monthly board meeting last week that when it came time for the report on the hospital ER activity that the entire report consisted of “a lot of flu.”) Such clinics commonly have their own basic imaging services. Two physicians wanted to build the North Bay Imaging Center at 210 Perkins St. in 2005 with more advanced imaging technologies than SVH has today. It was successfully fought off by the then-CEO and hospital board. The third kind of stand-alone, out-patient facility which I mentioned was the “surgi-center.” These are rapidly taking over many orthopedic, plastic, eye and other surgical procedures around the county. Also for placing apparatuses for heart rhythm and pain control. In fact, Medicare is currently considering refusing to pay for admission to hospitals for routine hip replacements. Outpatient and subsequent homecare is much better for the patient, as well as safer and less expensive than hospitalization.