Letters to the Editor, Oct. 23

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Supreme injustice

EDITOR: We find it sad and absolutely terrifying that a man, Bret Kavanaugh, is presumed guilty through the word of just one person with no evidence or witnesses to support the claims.

Miroslav R. Calkovsky

Beverly Calkovsky


Not your mother’s Republican Party…

EDITOR: I am appalled at the way this new Supreme Court Justice has been rammed down our throats by this administration and the Republican Senate.

“Innocent before proven guilty” is a standard that we hold for any perpetrators who have been arrested. We should hold our Supreme Court justices to a much higher standard.

Anyone who did not believe that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was telling the truth has severe blinders on. I thought for sure after her sincere, sober testimony that he would be disqualified. Then I heard his testimony! His ranting partisan anger was so far out of the norm of what the American people have always properly expected for their Supreme Court that I thought for sure that would be the end of him. That kind of appalling display would’ve been the end for any other candidate.

Why they were so intent on getting this man instead of anyone else on the long lists of judges out there? I want our old Republican Party back! I want patriotic Americans in office again who will put country before party.

It is a new low for our country.

Anne Petersen


Not what the doctor ordered

EDITOR: Thank you Sonoma Valley Hospital board for hiring a consulting firm to look at different ways of saving the Skilled Nursing Facility. It can stay in the hospital where it belongs. Also our Healing at Home should be brought back.

9,000 visit a year proves we can and should handle them again.

So many citizens of Sonoma have donated money to help improve the hospital. It is a great working hospital and much in need in Sonoma.

We need a full-time CFO and Head of Physicians, not once a month visits. The board needs to fire the CEO and hire a person who lives here and really cares about saving our hospital. Too bad the board didn’t spend the money on a consulting firm to prove the hospital needs the birthing center for our young people. We desperately need a new CEO, the birthing center, Skilled Nursing Facility and Healing at Home. If the SVH board can accomplish all of these things they will have the backing of the citizens of Sonoma.

Carolyn Stone


Quality candidates

EDITOR: As a member of the Sonoma Valley Hospital Quality Committee for the past four years, I have had the opportunity to get to know both Joshua Rymer and Dr. Michael Mainardi among other very astute and capable committee members. The monthly meetings are designed to review the metrics for quality gathered by numerous sources and reported to that committee for the purpose of maintaining quality of patient care, patient safety and patient satisfaction. All departments within the hospital provide an annual presentation to the committee and answer questions based on review of their reports. The very high quality of this hospital as measured by outside sources, and monitored by the Quality Committee, was instrumental in attracting UCSF to affiliate with Sonoma Valley Hospital. The Quality Committee makes recommendations to the board and provides oversight, monitoring and assessment of key organizational processes, outcomes and external reports.

As a member of this committee I have come to respect both Dr. Michael Mainardi and Joshua Rymer for their unrelenting attention to detail, their scope of questioning, and their deep interest in the hospital’s quality performance and fiscal management. I am very proud to give my endorsement to both Dr. Michael Mainardi and Joshua Rymer for the Sonoma Valley Hospital Board.

Ingrid Sheets


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