Panic in the streets?

I found great irony in Dianne Fournier’s recent letter (“City Council Is Causing Hysteria,” Feb. 24) wherein she ascribes “hysteria” as the motive force behind Sonoma’s concern for our immigrant population. It seems to me that someone like Ms. Fournier, who equates Mexican/Central American immigration with “terrorism,” has fallen prey to her own hysteria and the fear tactics of Mr. Trump, who fully understands that heightening irrational fears in the population is an excellent way of making them give up control of their own lives and community. The day it is proven to me that ISIS is infiltrating en masse through San Diego is the day I’ll listen to Ms. Fournier.

Joe Troise


Fear not, law-abiding immigrants

EDITOR: Here’s a “bold statement” on immigration (“Council Pressed for ‘Bold Statement’ on Immigration,” Feb. 24).

If you are a legal immigrant and don’t have a criminal record, you don’t have to worry.

Ed Shoop


Even one life saved is worth it

EDITOR: Clayton Parsons’ letter (“Time to Pull Plug on Hospital,” March 3) makes a number of statements about Sonoma Valley Hospital which do not reflect the facts, especially his claim that the hospital should be closed and the Valley would be better served by a “24-hour-ER clinic, a ‘surgi-center’ and an imaging center here in Sonoma.”

Under present California Health and Safety regulations, a 24-hour-ER clinic cannot operate as a stand-alone facility and must be operated by and be a part of a hospital.

A true emergency department must have the medical support functions of a lab, a radiology department, a pharmacy, a surgery facility, an intensive care unit and on-call physicians for surgery, OB, anesthesia, pediatrics, etc. All of these must be available 24/7. While Sonoma Valley Hospital is not licensed as a trauma center, it does receive patients suffering from heart attacks and strokes, stabilizes their conditions and then transfers them to Marin General, Santa Rosa Memorial or others when it is safe to do so. For both of these conditions, proper treatment during the first 30 minutes is essential. Travel time to reach a hospital out of the Valley within 30 minutes is not possible much of the time.

Clayton Parson conveniently overlooks Sonoma Valley Hospital’s exemplary ranking for quality and safety. In 2016, the hospital was one of only six hospitals within 50 a mile radius of Sonoma to receive a “four-star” rating (out of five) by the federal government’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. No hospital within this radius received a higher rating.

An inexpensive alternative to Sonoma Valley Hospital and the quality of care it delivers to our Valley is simply not feasible.

The $250 parcel tax is worth it, even if it only saves one life a year. It could be yours.

Peter Hohorst, JaneHirsch

Sonoma Valley Health Care District Board of Directors