Red badge of verbage
EDITOR: After reading “The Red Badge of Courage,” I dreamed that Steven Crane whispered in my ear:
“I saw a President pursuing his Ego. On and on he tweeted. I was disturbed at this. I accosted him. ‘It is futile, I said. You can never….’
‘You lie,’ he cried, and tweeted on.”
Michael F. Heiman
Our local hospital saves lives
EDITOR: Our son, Justin, was 3 months old when he contracted SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), a scary and often lethal occurrence. We rushed him to Sonoma Valley Hospital where the fabulous emergency room team stabilized and transferred him to Oakland Children’s Hospital. Thirty-five years later he is a well-respected veterinary surgeon practicing outside London, where he lives with his wife and our grandchildren. A life saved by our local ER!
Every life saved is precious. Our local ER is a community asset we can’t afford to lose because of all the lives it saves.
Let us outline three important reasons this community needs to support the ER/hospital and the need for this parcel tax:
A stand-alone ER is not an option in California. Our hospital is a requirement to provide the supplementary services/treatment and care to those patients.
Emergency rooms do not generate enough money to cover costs… and require supplemental financial support. Every person who comes into the ER is treated — every age, every income level. Many folks who receive treatment can’t pay. Those bills must be covered.
A parcel tax to support smaller hospitals is the norm. A majority of California district hospitals rely on funding from their parcel taxes to continue to operate and serve their local communities.
Right now we have an emergency. We must save the Sonoma Valley emergency room and hospital.
Please vote “yes” on Measure E.
Your family member’s life may be the next one saved at our ER!
Marcia and Gary D. Nelson
Hospital too expensive for community
EDITOR: Just how much money is the Sonoma Valley Health Care District willing to spend to get the parcel tax measure approved? Can they not put those funds to better work? I remain opposed to the parcel tax, and find it disturbing that another ballot measure can be on the ballot in such short order. What is even more disturbing is that SVHD cannot take “no” for an answer.
Recently I attended a meeting of the SVHD Finance Committee to voice my opinion to the proposed June 6 parcel tax measure. There is no doubt that committee members are dedicated to the proposition of providing high quality emergency and other hospital services to the community. The problem is that we cannot afford the level of services that SVH contemplates.
Soon after attending the Finance Committee meeting I received an invitation from one of the committee members to meet over coffee to discuss hospital services, budgetary and other issues facing the hospital district. The effort to reach out to me in this manner is appreciated, and we had a thoughtful and engaging conversation. Still, I remain opposed to the parcel tax. I am steadfast in my belief that this hospital is just too expensive for the community. There have to be better, more affordable alternatives.