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Editor: I would like to start by saying thank you. I was
looking around today at all the emergency agencies, the ambulance,
police and the ones that just serve to protect and heal by being
there to care for people who are in need. I have seen and do see
the great need and value of what they do to save our loved ones.
The men and women in these offices put great effort into
what they do. The things they have to endure are sometimes
horrendous. They put their lives on the line to save the ones we
love and sometimes don’t even get thanked for all the services
The courage, honor and compassion they show toward the patience
they exhibit is honorable in a world with so much pain.
Then there’s the sacrifice of being separated from their
families for long periods of time while serving their communities
and country and doing it faithfully while wives, husbands as well
as children wait for them to come home, not knowing if or when -
yet they do it.
Thank you for your gifts, honor and courage to make the world a
better place for us to live.
America could not be what it is without men and women willing
to put their lives down to make a great country, America, what it
is. Thank you to all.
With deep gratitude and from the bottom of our hearts that we,
the Fry and Trotter families, would like to say thank you the
people of Burney. Your support and love during this hard time was
such a blessing to us.
Special thank you to the Burney Fire Department for all the
work you did –
Love to those who were her pall-bearers and also to Lafogata
Mexican Restaurant for the food you provided to the memorial and
to all the people for the hours spent in fundraising and to all
those for giving to the raffle and yard sale. Your generosity has
touched our hearts. To everyone who loved our Kristy – Thank you.
Darin, Devon and Kyler Fry,
Greg and Carol Trotter,
Josh and Stacey Ewart,
Adam and Lindsay Scott,
Wayne and Claudia Baum
Bill and Daniella White
Editor: The family of Pete Lorenzen Sr. would like to take this
opportunity to say thank you for all the kindness show to us at
this time of our great sorrow.
Thank you to all the wonderful people who sent cards, flowers,
phone calls. The Little Country Church family for all their love
and caring for being so very helpful. The Intermountain Hospice
staff is the very best, they helped us through a very difficult
time. Thank you to our very special children, their spouses, our
grandchildren. They were always here when we needed so much help.
Thank you all so much.
Sincerely, Laurel Lorenzen and family
Potential Loss of our Ambulance
Editor: I am writing to express my concern about the loss of a
functional ambulance to the community of Big Valley. The solution
that has been proposed is not acceptable.
As a community we have worked very hard to raise funds,
not to mention the fact that the board of supervisors were
instrumental in helping procure two ambulances for the Big Valley
area. We as a community have also helped to purchase equipment for
those ambulances, much of which will be removed from the trucks.
We need two fully equipped ambulances in order to even have a
chance to be able to provide adequate field care to the
citizens and travelers of the community. An alternative plan
to keep ambulance service in Big Valley has been accepted by
Mayers Memorial Hospital. They have agreed to take over and help
keep service in the community with existing staff, for a period of
three months after MMC drops us at the end of June. Without
functioning, equipped ambulances I have been told they will not be
able to help.
If we lose this service I’m afraid that it will cause more
people to leave the community and deter others from moving here. I
have heard from people in the past who based their choice to move
here partly because we have such an excellent ambulance crew and
I hope that the powers that be will be sensitive to our needs
and allow us to keep the equipment we as a community have worked
hard for and deserve.
Sincerely, Dorothy Campbell
I’m not going to rant and rave about the Fall
River Valley Community Services District going for all of the
grants they want for projects that may or may not be needed and or
wanted by the district’s customers.
I’ve raised my share of hell about it, now it
is your turn. There is a special meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m. at
the CSD office on 3rd Street in Fall River Mills.
Unfortunately I have a prior commitment and
won’t be able to make this meeting.
I do have a couple of pertinent questions that
I’d like to see answered.
1. Do the grants in question cover the cost of
each of the projects in total and if not how much money does the
district have to borrow to finish them or meet grant requirements?
Are projects such as the sewer to McArthur and the Parks and
Recreation dependent on LAFCO’s blessing?
2. Who is going to have to pay for any loans
and LAFCO expenses that have to be obtained? I haven’t seen a
formal study on a single thing they want to do which spells out
the costs, benefits, or positives and negatives.
I would like to see the information the board
uses to okay the massive amount of money involved.
Most districts routinely require that
Editor: I have been meaning to write this letter for several
months since last soccer season. It is quickly becoming that time
again and I wish to convey my concern for all the small children
playing soccer in the heat of August.
I understand there is a conflict with the field and football
but I think there must be some sort of compromise so these small
children are not faced with running up and down the field
constantly in 100 degree weather. there is often two games in the
same day and the first season my granddaughter had to play four
games in one day.
It should be evident of how hot it is when the parents buy tens
for shade and line them up along the sidelines. Do you see this at
any other sporting event in the summer? As a grandmother watching
all theses small children run half heartedly down the field with
their red faces and sweat pouring down their faces it is alarming
to say the least. The parents pour water on their heads during
intermissions to cool them off. You can tell they are not putting
their all into the game because it is too danged hot!
Surely there is something to be done. Le’s go back to what we
did before so the kids and the parents and children can enjoy the
I have talked to several others who feel the same way and asked
me to write this letter.
Thanks for your consideration
For Those Who Missed It
Editor: If you missed the meeting in Burney on Tuesday, April
9, you missed a special event. Four students from Burney High
School presented speeches they had written for recent
competitions. They were Paige Smith, 8th grade, “What would you
tell our founding fathers?” Joey Tereba, senior, “Is our
constitution still relevant?” Luke Urlie, senior, “Is our
constitution still relevant?” and Lena Dougherty, senior, “How do
we create and keep jobs in America?”\ All of the presenters did an
outstanding job and showed professionalism and great preparation.
Lean spoke for 10 minutes on her subject without notes!
Each student speaker was presented with a bound copy of the
Constitution and Declaration of Independence and a certificate of
achievement from our congressman, Doug LaMalfa. There is no doubt
that such young people as these are the hope for our country’s
The disappointing aspect of the evening was the sparse
attendance by our community. This opportunity to support the young
people of our community should have inspired all of you to make a
special effort to be there: no politicizing, no disagreements on
issues, just socializing and getting acquainted with four
outstanding young people.
Janet Chandler The Intermountain Tea Party
Weatherwise we’ve had a fairly tough January.
We’ve had at least 10 days with lows below zero
and all 20 so far with lows below freezing. Thirteen of those days
saw highs below freezing.
If that wasn’t bad enough huge mounds of snow
are everywhere along the town’s streets that were plowed once and
maybe dressed one other time.
Driving down residential streets in Burney is
like driving down a slippery creek bed.
One elderly gentleman slipped and broke his hip
in a county parking lot in Burney.
A county truck comes around once in awhile and
spreads a few cinders in the city streets.
It is fairly interesting that both the state
and county are having financial problems, yet the state’s highways
are clear, dry and as easily accessible and usable as they are in
the summer,, while the county’s roads are a joke.
Late last year I inquired about the county
filling in potholes rather than fixing the roads that were
literally falling apart. Now it has gotten to the place where they
can’t even do their job when they had a week’s notice that the
weather was going to be unusually bad.
I hate to be a complete jerk but if the
county’s main offices were in Burney, Fall River Mills, or
McArthur you’d better believe they would have been plowed daily
from day one of the storm. The roads would be smooth, dry and
motorists wouldn’t have to position themselves like they were on a
one lane mountain road, pulling into wide spots so they could take
turns getting past each other.
I might buy the 12 hour shifts and rest of the
pap, but there hasn’t been any real attempt by the roads
department in the Intermountain Area since the one time they ran a
grader through the streets to plow.
In most communities, ever-greater needs have overwhelmed
diminishing resources. But thanks to willing volunteers and a
community’s gracious generosity, The Community Food Pantry
continues to effectively serve the Fall River Valley. The number
of recipients per year has risen from just over six hundred
individuals five years ago to nearly eleven hundred in 2012. The
gap between a household’s available resources and their monthly
nutritional needs cannot always be bridged by sheer creativity; a
community’s compassion and commitment is what ultimately makes the
difference. Facing many different circumstances, and from a wide
variety of backgrounds, pantry recipients share one common
testimony: in the Fall River Valley, the hungry are being fed.
In the spirit of recycling generosity throughout the
communities the Pantry will have a booth at the annual ‘Spring
Into Action’ Earth Celebration, April 27th and encourage everyone
to bring nonperishables for donation. Thank you Kelly Shuler
SAVE BURNEY FALLS would like to thank the numerous people and
businesses who have contributed generously towards the Great
Shasta Rail Trail (GSRT) project since 2005. The many
contributions, along with grants, attest to the significant
interest in the progress, growth and development of the GSRT. In
fact, some enthusiasts are using the trail even in its current
A Planning Team is preparing a Trail Concept Plan, which will
be presented to local communities for feedback and input in the
design and multiple use of the trail. Also, a Great Shasta Rail
Trail nonprofit is being established to manage and operate the
trail. Those interested in participating in future management of
the trail should contact Joe (530-335- 3978).
The GSRT will be recognized as a world class recreational
attraction and will have a positive economic influence on the
Intermountain and Mt. Shasta area. Continued support and interest
in the development of the corridor is very much appreciated. If
you recently donated towards the acquisition and development of
the trail, please accept our sincere thanks. Contributions
assisting the project may be mailed to: Joe Studenicka, CFO For
Save Burney Falls P. O. Box 355 Burney, CA 96013
Attend the meetings
Dear Editor: Most of the time I agree with what
the editor writes, but not with the information he has written
about our local cemetery and the cemetery board. Facts are facts,
and your facts are way off.
Fact - the secretary has carried out her duties
very well. Fact - She went to the cemetery office to pick up the
maintenance man’s filled out and signed time sheets and could not
find them. As a board member at the time, I could not locate them
Fact - The maintenance worker did not turn in
his signed time sheet when he was supposed to, so it is not
possible to send it to the county for payment in a timely manner.
Fact - The current cemetery secretary, as well
as the past secretaries, have always worked at home. You cannot do
computer work at the building with no computer.
Fact - As a board member I tried
unsuccessfully to stop the board from borrowing money in the
amount of $4,000 a year from the county. In addition, they tried
to borrow an additional $3,500 this year, but the county turned
them down. This would have amounted to almost 50% of their annual
Fact - The secretary told the board repeatedly
to cut the hours of the maintenance man because this was their
only way of cutting expenses.
Fact - Policy changes have been made without a
legal quorum in attendance at the meetings. These changers were
made just a few months after the original policies were enacted.
In my opinion these changes were made for
personal reasons and not for the good of the cemetery. Perhaps if
someone from the news media attended the meetings, they and the
public would be more informed. next time, double-check the facts
of a story. Harold Bassett
Point well taken Harold. I attend them when I can.
Regarding the “Facts” you present, there is one
“fact” that hasn’t been answered - Why doesn’t the former district
secretary return the documents in question. They are the property
of the district. It doesn’t make a lot of sense that someone would
withhold documents and keys when they are demanded by the County
Auditor’s office and needed by both she and the district’s other
employee so they can file their federal tax documents. If she has
suspicion of misconduct, then it would behoove her to take copies
of the documents that support her claim and return the original
documents to the district so the authorities can subpoena the
originals. If there is another reason she should state it and be
ready to take the consequences if she is wrong.
Regarding the two of you folk’s problems with
the maintenance man working. Maybe I’m nuts but as I remember when
the district reached an agreement with a board years ago, to take
those advances against their property tax money, it was to help
them spread their income out to match their expenses. Both office
and grounds work is important. The board chose to have both
employees do their jobs, not just one, laying both off in the
winter when the workload allows for it. Makes sense to me.
John Van den Bergh is now down to 15 hours in
the office a week, apparently because of a hostile work
environment. Or, at least, that is what was mentioned at the last
Van den Bergh charges that Director Kathy
Ontano, is in violation of HIPPA, the Health Insurance
Privacy Act because, as a board member, she tried to find out what
his doctor’s prescription was.
Sorry John, HIPPA only regulates health
industry folk. Ontano can ask anything she wants. The doctor,
nurse, LVN, or billing clerk simply cannot give it to her without
Van den Bergh’s consent.
Also, here’s the man who schedules, insists on
and participates in events that are in violation of the Ralph M.
Brown Act, has done so for months and makes no apology for doing
so. Now, he is charging that the two board members that aren’t his
fans, are violating the Act by doing things his old board
routinely did? My, my!
The fact that the district’s finances are in
bad shape wouldn’t be so urgent, except that they got there
because of Van den Bergh’s inability to do things in a generally
accepted way, choosing to be adversarial and get an attorney
involved for over $40,000. The attorney lost the case. They had a
consultant who didn’t know enough about the procedure and what was
needed who charged them over $15,000 for her work. The result was
an enormous bill from LAFCO because Van den Bergh’s grandiose plan
took in three counties, tripling many parts of the cost, took
major LAFCO staff time to wade through the information the
district had given them and try to put it in the format they
These expenses were incurred with a lot of
emotion and little thought by Van den Bergh and the previous
Anyone on a special district board cusses LAFCO,
primarily because of the state set annual fee. However, at least
locally, we all work with the agency and get things done without
incident or need to hire attorney’s or consultants. Staff or board
members do the work, they pay the fees, they go before the
commissioners and in general get what they were after (of course
they don’t try to include large chunks of three counties and
irritate various boards and citizens of the area in the process).
Now that Van den Bergh doesn’t have a rubber
stamp board, he’s running scared. He can’t stand opposition or
having his positions questioned. He apparently went to the doctor
to get his ruffled feathers smoothed out and was allowed 15 hours
in the office a week to cool off.
This isn’t the time to have ruffled feathers or
a bruised ego. He has a five member board of good people
with divergent view points. All five are intelligent, and it would
behoove him to work with all five.
To his credit, he has come up with a number of
grants and several low interest loans to do things that can help
the district. However, it appears to me that he shot himself in
the foot in the process by not taking a hard look at each one and
making sure the money is there to pay for them before signing on
the dotted line.
One of the major things facing the district at
this moment is his proposal to put in a low elevation water tank
in McArthur. The district is already running in the red. He and
the board need to take a good hard look at adding additional
expense even if it is “low interest - it still has to be paid
Additionally, they are ignoring the fact that,
as I understand it, the system will require the district to pump
water uphill if the tank is to “stabilize” the pressure.
Before he even gets that far, he needs to
expend his energy figuring out what those loans will do to future
budgets, and what costs associated with the grants or grant
projects not covered by the loans or grants will do to future
budgets. He needs to do those things before he adds another large
loan that has to be paid off.
It is not right to amass major future
expenditures without the board and public being aware of what
those expenses are, and having a say in exactly where the money to
pay them will come from.
Fall River Mills Cemetery District has its share of problems, the
least of which isn’t an unhappy laid off employee and division
amongst board members.
The cemetery district itself suffers from very tight finances
which doesn’t allow them a lot of options. They don’t have the
money to pay employees what they may be worth and often not give
them the hours that will assure their retention.
They suffer from a struggle between those who don’t feel a need to
stay abreast of current laws and current conditions, opting for
the age old “that’s the way we’ve always done it” and others who
want it done as is currently required.
Tight finances also means that there is little room for frills and
no room for niceties that don’t pay the immediate bills.
The board was able to work their finances out with the County
Auditor’s office, which gives them the option of borrowing money
from their year-end tax revenue, thus allowing them to create
enough cash flow to generally get through the lean months.
They hired a maintenance man, part time. He’s new and without
experienced oversight missed some paperwork because he didn’t know
where to look or the right people to ask. Unfortunate, yes. He
The board made a major mistake in allowing their part-time
secretary to take paperwork out of the district office and now
they are obviously paying for it.
The board has a ways to go. They’ve got to reach a workable
compromise between themselves that assures that things are done in
a practical manner yet meets all the current legal and ethical
aspects of the laws under which they operate.
Beyond that - they are all good people, with good intentions,
willing to put in more hours and take more do-do than they should.
And these folks don’t try to hide their problems from the public
or have grandiose agendas that they can’t afford.
At this point my hat is off to them and I wish them well.
Mayers Works to Create Healing Environment
By Matt Rees
Chief Executive Officer
Mayers Memorial Hospital District
In response to
questions from community members, Mayers Memorial Hospital
District would like to present a study, showing the benefits to
both patients and staff in creating what is called a “healing
“healing environment” is an intentionally designed space that
integrates natural elements and colors to impact clinical
outcomes. Creating that type of atmosphere can be as simple as a
new paint color or flooring, or providing patients with a view
outside of their windows that looks over a landscape. While we
can’t change our surroundings, both facilities in Fall River and
Burney are lucky enough to have beautiful backdrops for patients
to view during their stay. To complete this idea of a healing
environment, Mayers has painted, renovated, provided equipment,
furniture and flooring that will benefit not only patients and
their visiting families, but staff as well.
several areas that directly link the physical environment of a
hospital to patient and staff health outcomes:
1. Improves patient
2. Reduces stress
and fatigue and increases effectiveness in delivering care
Improves patient safety
One crucial reason
to consider creating a better hospital environment is patient
safety. Hospital acquired infections, both airborne and contact
transmission, are decreased with better ventilation, easily
accessible hand sanitation units, and single bed rooms vs.
Because Mayers is a rural facility, patients often have their
room, decreasing any chances of hospital acquired infections.
Mayers’ Infection Control Department reported that there has only
been one healthcare associated infection in each of the 2010 and
2011 years – statistics for 2012 have yet to be completed but are
looking to be very comparable.
over 530 patient admissions in the year 2011, and an average
monthly census of 55 patients, Mayers only has a 0.6% infection
rate. Infection Control has also added new hand hygiene centers
located at every entrance to the hospital and Long Term Care
facilities. Here, visitors of the hospital are encouraged to use
the available hand sanitizer, masks, gloves and tissues to help
prevent the spreading of germs to both patients and staff members.
rooms, are also desirable for patient confidentiality and privacy.
Studies show that patients reported higher satisfaction rates of
their care while in a single room, due to more open communication
regarding the care that is needed. In hopes of increasing that
satisfaction even more, Mayers has renovated patient rooms to
include new flooring, paint, privacy curtains, bedding and
state-of-the art hospital beds.
Reduces stress and fatigue and increases effectiveness in
Nurses, physicians and staff of a hospital, often work in
extremely stressful conditions. It’s a loud, fast pace
environment, with no room for error or exhaustion. Taking this
into account, Mayers has been working to provide a better
workplace, making it safer and more effective for nurses and
physicians. For example, the new hospital beds that have been
distributed throughout the facility, have a better ergonomic
design, avoiding back stress, fatigue and other injuries, while
staff treat patients.
Employee morale and
confidence in the facility they work in also helps in this area.
Mayers has provided equipment that meets today’s technology
standards and created an aesthetically pleasing workplace with
photos and new lighting in working areas.
Improves overall healthcare quality.
Evidence shows that design changes which make a hospital
environment more comfortable and informative, relieve stress and
increase satisfaction with the overall quality of care. Natural
colors, photos, and elements have been used in interior design to
help patients and their families feel at ease, which can greatly
affect the healing process. When a patient is more comfortable in
their surroundings, studies show that the healing process is
faster and overall hospital stay decreases.
A healing environment is not about simply being a nicer or fancier
facility. Its focus is to create hospitals that help patients
recover more quickly, while helping staff to take care of patients
to the best of their ability. Mayers’ goal is for every patient,
visitor, family member and staff who enters our facility to feel
safe and confident in the care offered.
No more water! No more sewer!
No new parks! What is important?
The FRVCSD Rate payers need to answer these
questions. They seem to have said something when they retained
only two incumbents in the general election. They again said
something at the December board meeting when they packed the board
room with rate payers not happy with a number of issues.
Consider this: if theFRVCSD went bankrupt and
you had to find a new way to get water – how would you and at what
Consider this: If the FRVCSD went bankrupt and
you had to put in your own septic system how would you and at what
Consider this: If the FRVCSD went bankrupt and
could not provide you with any new parks; could you survive with
the existing parks?
These are questions that the FRVCSD rate payers
need to answer.
Go to the monthly board meeting and you will be
able to speak. If you can’t make a meeting then write a letter to
the FRVCSD expressing your desires and opinions on your priorities
and especially those items the CSD is involved in that are not
priorities. Send a copy to the local editor if you want some
assurance that everyone knows where you stand.
The FRVCSD has been left in a financial
disaster. Will the FRVCSD be solvent or go under? We, the rate
payers, elected a board to represent us. Now, we need to support
the board by communicating our views. This board really needs all
the public support and input you can give.
Jerry Monath, Rate payer
P.S. See you January 16 (3rd Wednesday of
each month board meeting) at 6 p.m. in the FRVCSD board room on
3rd Street in Fall River Mills.
To sin by silence when they should protest
makes cowards of men.”
Summer weather is in, school’s are almost out,
Communities are planning events. All in all, it sounds like this
summer will be exciting and fulfilled.
The first weekend of June will offer Pioneer
Day and the Flying Posse’s air show and pancake breakfast along
with the kick-off for the treasure hunt (see below).
Everyone realizes that where ever and when ever
there’s a silver lining, there are also dangers.
There are signs that the national economy is
improving, but please folks, don’t forget, that our local economy
is in a hole and it takes us a lot longer to dig out than big
cities. So please, do what shopping you still can, in the area,
with our local merchants.
Then there is fire season, please be careful.
I don’t really believe Smokey the Bear when he
says all the fires are our fault. I don’t even believe that man
caused fires outstrip those caused by Mother Nature, but we do
cause enough of them that it pays to be really careful. It also
pays to fire proof your property. Please do.
And ... have a great summer!
BLUE SKIES WILL RETURN NEXT WEEK
I had the privilege of sitting in on the Fall
River High School Senior Oral Boards again this year and
again, I walked away proud of the students and the staff
that taught them. I’m sure that those who sat in on the Burney
orals were just as impressed.
I keep hearing about how poor of an education
system we have in the Intermountain Area and yet reflecting back
this “poor” education system has turned out students that went on
to excel at the military academies and have distinguished military
careers. Our alumni boast medical doctors, registered nurses,
scientists, teachers, athletes that reached the semi pro and pro
level, professional coaches, business men and women, successful
ranchers and farmers and so much more.
I know an awful lot of the alumni who have been
wonderful parents, spouses and children, who have taken over
leadership roles in their community and done well.
Yes, the world may be going to hell in a
hand basket as the old saying I’ve heard all my life goes, but it
isn’t because our children, the education system, family and
community support system here isn’t better than that in the
I’m starting to become part of the Aleve
generation, you know, take a pill for this and take a pill for
that. Pills generally cure the hurt.
On reflection I can say that the reason I have
to take those pills is because I didn’t do the things I should
have, when I should have.
The problem is that there are a few things I
just can’t take pills for - one of those is being a little too
self centered or busy to always remember and treat those who are
important to me, in many ways responsible for my being here and
having the quality of life that I have, as well as I should.
That’s not to say I don’t love them with all my
heart, I did and I do, but I often didn’t and don’t (and in one
case no longer can) take the time to tell them just how important
they really are to me or how much I love them.
I can’t take a pill to ease the guilt of not
showing my appreciation to three very dear women in my life - Each
very good mothers - my mother, my wife and my daughter.
So Mom, Donna and Arnie, I don’t always
remember to tell you that I love you as often as I should - but I
I would like to thank everyone who helped me
with my husband Donald Pearson and with his memorial service.
First of all I would like to thank
Intermountain Hospice for all their help. They were wonderful.
To everyone who made a donation to
Intermountain Hospice in lieu of flowers, to Bob Scholes for his
dignity and respect, to Father Effrin and the VFW, Bob Sales who
did the services, to Mary Unterreiner for heading the rosary, to
our great -grandson Nathen Glazzard who played taps, to the men
who did the 21 gun salute, to Bill Baldwin who presented me with
the flag, to his wife Tina who took the pictures, the VFW for the
hall, the Lady’s Auxiliary for the food and all their help, Dottie
Sales, Cathy Ragsdale, Olivia Stevenson and Sandy McCullar, Ramona
Hanan, Donna Scheckla for serving and food, Cathy Myers, Sandra
Penney, Sherry Smith, Windy Smith, all our children and
grandchildren for their support and help, and to everyone who
helped put everything together for at a time when I felt so lost.
Everyone came thru for me.
A sincere and heartfelt thank you God Bless you
On April 26th, 2013 the community of Burney and
its surrounding neighbors came together to offer their support,
encouragement, and dollars for Burney native, Kristy Fry and her
battle with cancer. The Burney Fire District Auxiliary put on a
spaghetti dinner fundraiser, along with a multitude of raffle
items to raise money to assist Kristy’s family. Hundreds of meals
were served, great prizes were raffled off, and everyone enjoyed
participating in this community event. All proceeds will go to
Kristy’s family (Darin, Devon, and Kyler). To date, over $7,500
has been raised!
We would like to recognize those businesses and
individuals who contributed greatly to making this worthy
fundraiser a huge success: Kim Blunt, Michelle Blunt, Changes
Salon, Daryl & Gayla Conover, Johanna D’Arcy, the Estes Family,
Gepetto’s Pizza, Julie Humphreys, Intermountain Physical Therapy,
Diane Lahey (in memory of Jim Lahey), Brian Maas & Nila Morrison,
Mane Street Attraction, Frank Mitchell, Mt. Echo Newspaper, Naked
Coffee, Napa Auto Parts, Brenda Nuich, Patterson Optometry,
Patti’s Salon, Potluck Trading Post, Stephanie Pruitt, Safeway,
Maggie Turner, all of the friends and relatives of the Fry family,
and the kind-hearted people of Burney who so generously donated
their time and money. Many thanks to the Burney Fire District
employees and auxiliary volunteers who put in countless hours to
make this event happen.
Mountain Echo learned that PG&E is in the
process of installing a gate, which they plan to keep locked in
front of the Pit One Picnic Park.
The utility plans to keep the gate locked, but
give keys out to the Fall River Lions Club.
I understand their reasoning. Vandalism has
been bad there and has already started again this year at the Fall
River Lake Park.
They want to stop the vandalism.
I haven’t gotten the official version of it yet
(5:21 a.m., Monday, but it leaves me with very mixed emotions).
My Father-in-law Darrell Davis was among the
Lion Club members who worked on that park when it was first okayed
I worked on that park in the 80’s with the
I understand the company’s reasoning, Vandalism
is rampant. It costs the customers, thus the users, as well as
those trying to maintain nice things for the communities dearly.
But locking it off is hard to swallow. Giving
out keys to it is even harder. It creates Caste systems and I
don’t know about you, but I’m no better and no worse than anyone
else in the Intermountain Community. I don’t expect nor do I want
a key to what should be public land that someone else can’t have.
Get the scum bags that are tearing up the
property and punish them. Don’t take it out on the rest of us.
If I’m not mistaken that park was part of the
reason PG&E got its FERC license. The Lions have also agreed to
maintain it, People do use it. If it disturbs a few endangered
fish that’s tough. let them build and flag the area or make
it hard to access. The idiots who are destroying the the area
parks are lazy, drunk or high and it is more than likely that they
find it will be too much effort to mess with. It it isn’t then
call the Feds and let them stake the area out and catch em. But
don’t punish the rest of us.
Big Valley SOS!
Editor: As a concerned citizen of
the Big Valley area I have many questions regarding the immanent
loss of ambulance service in our area. A proposal was made by
Modoc Medical Center, presented by Kevin Kramer, their COO in an
effort to deal with the ambulance situation in Big Valley, however
it is really NO SOLUTION at all.
The plan is to provide an ambulance
to the Adin Fire District for first response only, what does that
mean to the Big Valley Community;
Striping an ambulance of all ALS
(Advanced Life Support) equipment and putting it in the hands of
first responders does nothing for the community except give a
false sense of security! This stripped down ambulance gives no
more support to the sick or injured than the fire department
alone. In an article on the front page of the Modoc Record
referring to how the ambulance would be handed over, Kramer said
the previous Adin Ambulance Service, under full operation, was
simply not cost effective for the District to continue. The
article continues with how MMC would dump the service, They would
provide one ambulance to Adin Fire Protection District with
corresponding equipment and supplies that are currently on that
ambulance, with the exception of all equipment and supplies that
cannot be used by a first responder. This essentially means
basically band aids and blood pressure cuffs will be all that is
left! First responders cannot administer lifesaving medication
that Paramedics can. First Responders will not be able to
transport patients to the hospital! PERIOD! They did say they
would continue first response training in the community through
the end of June 2013. Then what?
Next, what will happen to all of
the equipment that is currently on the ambulance, much of that
equipment was bought and paid for by the citizens of Big Valley. I
know it was said that MMC would replace equipment with supplies
comparable in cost. Does that mean that Adin Fire Protection
District will be given $30,000.00 worth of band aids, saline
solutions and nasal cannulas? Eventually, one way or another, ALS
service will have to resume in this area, what then, the community
will have to pony up the money to replace the equipment that they
had already purchased once?
When Frontier Health took over the
ambulance service from Modoc County, part of the agreement was
that they would maintain the “current level of service” in the Big
Valley area. What happened to that agreement? Was it changed
without the knowledge of the Big Valley residents?
Our community CAN NOT be without
ALS ambulance service, first responders are a fantastic resource
for our community and each and every person in this area
appreciates the dedication to serving the community that they
provide! We cannot do without that piece of the puzzle either and
would never minimize their value to the EMS system! However, they
are just that, a very important piece of the puzzle, without the
other pieces they cannot be effective in their position! They can
take your pulse and blood pressure, give you a band aid, remove
you from your wrecked car, and then wait, wait for the ALS
ambulance to come from where? Fall River, what if their one and
only ambulance is on a call, then its Burney, Alturas, or even
Susanville! If Fall River does respond to a call, what does that
leave the Fall River community with for ambulance coverage?
Who is going to have to die in our
area before someone steps and says “this is not excitable?”
This “solution” is no solution at
all! This is simply adding to the problem by letting county
supervisors (both Lassen and Modoc) MMC, and Frontier Health off
the hook and hanging the Big Valley Community out to dry!
Valerie Endicott, Lookout
After Linda spent 46 days in a
Redding hospital, we with to express our gratitude for all the
prayers, food, good wishes, cards, hospital visits and
encouragement. We are very fortunate to live in such a wonderful
community. Linda is now at home and improving every day.
God Bless and Thank You,
Donald F. and Linda O. Smith
A big thank you to everyone for the
support, the kind words about our sweet and gentle mom, the
flowers, the food and the hugs. Everything meant so much. We will
miss her but we know she’s reunited with the rest of her loved
ones in heaven. Thank you again, The family of Artie Heffley
I have a couple of things this week.
First, I had questions when the Community
Services District accepted Dave Hall as its interim manager.
I need to say right up front that my
reservations are unfounded.
Dave, a volunteer, is spending a considerable
amount of time on a considerable number of days trying to run a
district badly in need of being run. He’s doing it at no pay as a
volunteer and he is doing a good job.
Yeah, he came out of private industry so there
are a lot of bureaucratic rules and regulations that he isn’t
aware of. But if he does something or doesn’t do something
according to Hoyle, it isn’t because he was trying to hide
something or just do it his way. He corrects the problem and moves
I’m impressed and will, for one, say thank you.
Regarding the second issue, Caltrans, the
Department of Transportation, on the other hand, is installing new
signs state wide. I'm not sure that they mean planting them on
posts in the ground or just putting them at construction sites,
but it has me wondering. For one thing they cost money when the
state swears up and down it is broke.
Cal trans has long been known for hauling out
heavy equipment to put in front of construction sites to keep the
general public from running over their workers, thus tying up the
drivers and equipment at sites where they aren’t needed for
productive work and also for putting up signs all over the state,
at costs of God only knows how much, telling people to click it or
ticket, while refusing to allow towns and businesses from putting
any signs on Caltran’s highways.
“Give people or ‘them’ a brake” as the saying
on another Caltrans campaign goes that wasn’t free.
I don’t want to see Caltrans employees or
anyone else killed on our highways or anyplace else for that
matter, but things like these signs are stupid. They are likely to
become attractive nuisances or so familiar people don’t even see
them, while our great legislature and bureaucracy finds other
questionable ways to raise money the general public such as you
and I don’t have so they can blow it on such projects.
I don’t know what I was worried
about. The Cataract surgery wasn’t bad at all.
I went into the surgery area around
9 a.m. last Monday and was out by 11 a.m. The surgery only took 10
minutes, didn’t hurt and the coffee and cookies afterwards were
Donna drove me down to Lu Lu’s
afterwards and we had a great breakfast before heading home.
I wore dark glasses until 3 p.m.,
drove down to Redding the next morning for my post op exam and was
amazed at how much better I could see.
My sight in the eye they had
operated on was 20-50 that morning and has been improving beyond
that every day.
I can’t wait until I can get the
other eye done.
I haven’t been able to see as well as I used to
for some time.
What is really scarey is that I have fairly new
glasses and should have been seeing a whole lot better. My eye
doctor is great and had done well for me in the past so I knew it
wasn’t his fault.
I could rub my eye and my sight would improve,
almost like I had wiped away a water screen.
What really brought home the fact that
something was wrong was when I had to take off my glasses to read
the comics in the paper.
You have to understand that the comics are
sacrosanct. I can do okay without the daily dosage about the
idiots in Sacramento or Washington.
I live in God’s Country so I don’t have to
continuously worry about who got shot where or when SWAT will
surround a house in my neighborhood and start shooting. But I
can’t get along without knowing what Zits, Rose, Luanne, Beetle,
Dennis or Garfield are doing.
We were having our usual Friday night dinner
with friends a couple of months ago when a good friend began
talking about having Cataract surgery, how fast and painless it
had been and how wonderful the results were.
I knew I had cataracts, my eye doctor had told
me so, but I had never given it much thought. My friend’s symptoms
matched my own.
I’m all for easy and painless and for wonderful
eyesight so I checked into it and found I could do it.
I made the appointment and found out that I
indeed had cataracts. I was scheduled, I got paperwork, I filled
out paperwork, I had a “preop appointment.
Being as uncouth as I am, I handed the lady at
the desk my paperwork, apparently all of which were to be used by
The lady was fairly unflappable. I pointed out
to her that an anesthesiologist I had when I had a colonoscopy
hadn’t asked for all this paperwork, and without missing a beat
she said, “wrong end.”
That appointment went well, but left me with a
The doctor had looked at my eyes at the first
visit and said that unless I wanted to spend $1,000 for a special
lens to be implanted instead of the standard ones, I would
probably still need glasses. I told him that I didn’t mind the
glasses, I’d worn glasses since I was six or seven and wouldn’t
know what I looked like without them.
During the pre-op the lady measured my eyes and
said that the stigmatism wasn’t as bad as they had thought and
that I probably wouldn’t need to wear glasses. Also the first
operation is on the right eye and will be my distance eye so I
have good vision far away.
The second operation, which will take place in
a couple or three weeks, will be for the left eye which will be
for close up vision.
So now I’m going to report to the surgery
center for a short, 10 or 15 minute, surgery on “the right end”
and walk out two hours later with dark glasses on.
When both surgeries are over my right side will
be far away and my left side will be close up and I may or may not
be wearing glasses.
I really want to thank my staff for hanging in
there. Both surgeries are scheduled for Mondays, our deadline
days, and they are filling in nicely.
Now, if you folks will forgive the boring
editorial and any mistakes that seem to magically appear when I
try to cram too much stuff into too little space without enough
time, we’ll all get through this together. The next time I see
you, you may be far away or up close, but you won’t be blurry.
The weather was pretty iffy early Easter
morning, but unlike the snow of a few years ago, it didn’t keep
the Easter bunnies, with help from the Lions Clubs and other
organizations, from hiding Easter eggs for the kids to find and
everyone to eat.
For those who didn’t brave the damp weather and
wet grass you missed a good time.
Be sure to check out our sports section this
week. It’s loaded with pictures and information about athletes
from tykes to high school seniors.
Customers of Fall River Valley should be aware
that if they get an offer via phone, e-mail or US mail that sounds
too good to be true it probably is. One alert Fall River resident
recently received such an offer. She was sent two $850.00 money
orders as part of a so called “Mystery Shopper” program, she was
to cash the money orders and as her compensation keep $300.00 of
it and forward the balance to another address (in the Phillipines).
This customer was smart enough to take the money orders to the
Fall River Post Office where they where able to determine that
they were fake.
Mark Rosenthal, Postmaster, Fall River Mills
Living without a bathroom for a week was an
interesting experience, but boy was it worth it.
Contractor Hal Gilmore and Tile man Tony
Pelegrino did a magnificent job.
This was not proof for those who accuse me of
being full of it,. Actually Lynn Miller loaned us “The Hinchcliff
House,” one of her vacation cottages on Main Street in Burney. It
was beautiful, comfortable, just everything we could desire and
she did it on her own, making the offer when she learned about the
Thank you Lynn.
We had planned a trip to the Surprise Valley
Hot Springs and were able to work that in also.
Hal, of Dall Construction, gutted the bathroom,
removed the old commode and shower-tub combination replacing them
with a new, standard size commode and preparing the shower and
walls so Tony could do a full-length shower.
Tony, tiled the shower from top to
bottom, including the shower’s floor. He also tiled the bathroom
walls and trimmed the shower to really make it pop.
Those two guys went out of their way to not
only do a top professional job, but they did it quickly, came in
under estimate, were creative, consulted us as they went, cleaned
up after themselves, and did it all in an unbelievably short time.
Not only that, Hal and Tony were extremely easy
to get along with.
Rural Health Care Crisis
need your help. Our hospitals are in trouble. In 2011, the state
budget agreement reduced Medi-Cal reimbursement rates for
hospitalbased skilled nursing facilities. The budget bill also
made these cuts retroactive to June 1, 2011. These cuts are
already law. They were passed before I was elected to the
The Governor and the State Department of Health
Care Services has the authority to modify these cuts. We need to
make our voices heard to make sure they do not bankrupt our
hospitals in Plumas, Lassen, Sierra, Nevada and Modoc Counties. I
am working with my colleagues in the legislature to take action to
rescind these cuts and to restore reimbursement to fair levels
that will keep our small rural hospitals in business. Please
support our local hospitals and communities by taking a stand
against these ill-advised cuts to our hospitals.
In our rural district the impact could be
severe. Such Medi-Cal rate reductions may force rural hospitals to
close wings that provide nursing-home care to our most frail
elderly, or even worse, close the entire hospital altogether.
Patients and elderly residents will be forced
to move, in some cases to facilities far away from family or to
care settings that may not be adequate to meet their health care
needs. Many healthcare providers already lose money providing
services for people who are covered by Medi-Cal. Sadly, this
misguided move by the state will end up costing California
government more money because the hospitals in our area charge
less to provide services to these people than what it will
ultimately cost to transfer individuals to service areas with even
In many rural communities, the skilled nursing
facility or nursing home is an integral part of the community
health care system. Without a place to care for people outside an
emergency room setting, the hospital infrastructure will fall
apart. Significant reductions to skilled nursing facilities will
undermine the financial viability of the entire hospital and will
result in hospital closures and reductions in available services.
That means lay-offs and dangerous delays in getting people
Hospitals play a vital role in maintaining an
acceptable standard of living in rural communities. For our
communities to remain viable we need schools, hospitals, and
public safety services. To lose our rural hospitals would be
devastating to all of the rural and mountain communities.
Individuals in rural California should not be shortchanged or
treated any differently than other Californians. Please join with
me to let the Governor’s office know how important rural health
care is to your community. Call today at (916) 445-2841.
Assemblyman Brian Dahle,
R-Bieber, Represents the 1st Assembly District in the California
Legislature, which includes Shasta, Lassen, Nevada, Siskiyou,
Modoc, Plumas, and Sierra Counties, and portions of Butte and
It isn’t a matter of do the users want another
rate increase or when. It is a sad reality that without it the
community services district won’t be able to operate. The amount
is still up in the air. The board has formed a committee to
do an updated budget. The board is looking at ways to obtain an
influx of cash to catch up, and the committee is then going to
look at the rates and make their recommendations to the entire
board. The board will then initiate the full process required by
law to go for a rate increase.
This is something that will take place in a
very few months. In fact they hope to have the new rates in place
by July 1.
They listened closely, asked questions, formed
committees and appeared to understand that they are at least
$102,000 in a hole that even a massive increase in rates can’t get
them out of. I am hoping against hope that they understand that
they are only in a position to accept grants if they are totally
free to the district. They cannot afford low interest loans or no
interest loans. There is no way that they can pay them back. There
is no money to bail them out of the pickle they got themselves
into. This district treasurer is not ignoring the bottom line. By
the time they are done, this board may well have to mortgage the
district’s buildings to pay off part of the debt. The district
doesn’t have an immediate need for a water tank. It doesn’t need
parks, buildings, expanded areas or duties. Yes dreams are nice –
if you can pay for them. The CSD cannot pay for anything,
including fixing major problems in the system. They really need to
understand that and concentrate on paying off the debt the last
manager and board incurred, getting the water and sewer and their
finances on solid ground before venturing into other services.
Donna and I were able to go to the Burney
Booster/Baseball Crab Feed and Raffle Saturday night. I left
stuffed, impressed by the turn out and delighted by the attentive
service of the baseball team.
I couldn’t help but reflect that a large number
of the adults in the room had been kids the same age as the
baseball players serving tables. had bought music or books from
Donna at Caldwell’s Corner and who I had covered in sports, plays,
Burney Basin Days or other events.
Now they were there to support their kids or
already had kids who had graduated and who had kids.
I was also impressed with the school’s
principal, Mr. Guerrero and his staff.
Burney has been working on their school spirit
for years and it appears that under the leadership of Mr. Guerrero
they have it nailed down.
On another issue - Regarding Mayers, Memorial
Hospital is facing a real threat to its survival when it comes to
possible Medi-Cal cuts.
The CEO, board, staff and citizenry have been
waging a war to save the income and thus, likely, the hospital as
we know it.
Yes, the facts remain the same. Mayers is not
twisting facts, forgetting things they would rather not remember,
or doing things behind closed doors that should be done in public.
They are waging their all-out war in a way that
will, with continued community support, win the day.
Yes, you are being asked to write another
letter with the same facts and the same message, possibly to the
Those letters help. They show that we want our
hospital. They show that we are concerned. They also let the
hospital association, MediCal agency, along with Mayers staff and
patients know just how important the survival of Mayers and thus
their survival is to each of us.
Sample letters and the addresses of the
legislators are available on the Mayers web site or by stopping by
Mayers. I urge everyone to send another one. You aren’t wasting
I find it difficult to
understand why anyone, and I could profile them in a heartbeat,
would tear up planters and steal them from an elementary school.
What are you guys? Are
you jealous of children having fun? Are you jealous of children
I doubt it. You are
young males with too much time on your hands. Your parents, if you
still live at home, have no idea where you are at in the middle of
the night and tearing something up for the sake of tearing
something up sounded like fun. You didn’t think beyond that, If
you don’t live at home, or maybe, even if you do, pots represented
money – money for another fix or bottle of booze.
Nice going guys.
I hope the teachers
teach their classes what kind of low life does this sort of thing
and how to recognize them, underweight, too many tattoos, hanging
around because they have nothing to do and they have a tendency to
glare at people and not smile.
I hope the high school
students take a look at losers like them and realize that they
aren’t happy. and that they don’t have a fulfilling lifestyle.
They are losers, not winners
The citizens of the
area might keep an eye out for pots and if spotted call the
elementary school and get a description. If the description of the
pots match, call the cops.
Editor: Imagine my surprise when I walked up to
my classroom at Fall River Elementary and saw that vandals and
thieves had taken the class’ 25 gallon pot, weighing over 100
pounds. I walked around the campus and noticed the theft of the
kindergarten classes’ plant containers too.
My students were very upset about the loss.
They had been raising vegetables, in the classroom window, to
plant in that container. In fact, just the afternoon before they
had planted some cold weather vegetable seeds.
I was so proud when my students choose to turn
tragedy into triumph. They choose to build their own character
instead of getting angry or even. They decided to serve the school
by cleaning up the mess left by the thieves. They saved over 100
gallons of dirt, rocks and even a frog. They were proud of what
they had accomplished. I was proud that they had learned that
John King FRE Community Day School teacher
The Inter-Mountain Fair Heritage Foundation
would like to thank all of our Bull-Cow Dinner table sponsors for
a great night of sharing!! The best part of living in the
Inter-Mountain area is the community sharing potluck dishes,
dances and stories with friends.
at the IMF Jr. Livestock Sale during our
fair. We would also like to thank the McArthur FFA and Rick
Neugebauer for donating the beautiful garden bench for the raffle.
The IMFHF will be selling an additional number
of tables for February 2014. If you are interested in buying a
table to seat 10 of your best friends for a night of feasting and
fun, please call: Linda Carpenter at 336-6630.
Thank you to
Linda & Robert Adams,
M.D. Linda & Larry Baldwin
Edward Bosworth, Jr.
Ed Staub & Sons
Karen & Hummer Estes
Martha & Ken Fletcher
Rena & Greg Hawkins
Mayers Memorial Hospital
Margo & Wayne Norris
Terri & Mike Pasternak
Marilyn & Wayne Rodman
Shasta County Farm Bureau
Melanie & Jesse Smith
Kathy J. Stout
Alice & Robert Thompson
The Community Services District had a fairly
uneventful meeting last week and the board started to get a handle
on several items.
There was none of the back biting and theatrics
which had plagued the meetings in previous months.
Instead they got down to business and stayed
focused on business.
They spent a little money they didn’t have to
get a financial wizard to tell them where they are financially and
how they can get out of the hole they now find themselves in.
They are revisiting the sewer rates trying to
find out what it will take to break even, before going back to
their customers with another increase proposal.
They are starting to discuss the grants, which
are really necessary and whether they can afford them if it takes
borrowing money to get them.
They are having a hard time letting go of LAFCO
which I suspect will cost them more grief than not in the long
run. They haven’t learned that LAFCO has the size, power, and
resources and have been reasonably patient.
They also fail to realize that the Fall River
CSD is a small district which, because of its own greed spent over
$40,000 on an attorney who didn’t win the district anything and
$15,000 plus with a consultant who failed to supply LAFCO with the
information needed, in the format it needed, to get the job done
without using an unusual amount of time to decipher it. Sooner or
later the LAFCO board which is made up of professionals and their
professional staff will get tired of being lectured by laypeople
from Fall River CSD who want to berate LAFCO staff and waste the
On a positive note the board turned down any
current consideration of wage increases because they simply didn’t
have the money to pay the employees more. It also appears that
with Dave Hall donating his time in the management position, that
they might be able to make up some of the losses incurred under
the previous manager.
All in all the board listened patiently to
members of the audience as they asked questions and submitted
I ran a picture on the front page a couple of
weeks ago of a cattle gate that had obviously been deliberately
There was a dirt road behind the gate and
reportedly much of the land belonged to the Bureau of Land
I received a call last Friday from an
individual who had the name of the one who had tipped me to the
ripped gate wrong, but did feel that whoever put the gate up
deserved to have it ripped down because, according to him, several
people own property beyond the gate, himself included, and he felt
that it was an effort to lock the other people off their own
property., He also felt that it was actions such as this incident
of locking off roads used by others that leads to gates being torn
It is like I told him, I don’t want to get in
the middle of a range war.
I did go out and take a second look at the
gate, which had been repaired and is locked again.
I have mixed emotions. I don’t like to see
public roads locked off. I don’t like to see roads that have been
around for years taken over by one interest or another and
access blocked to others.
However, I have also seen the wanton
destruction caused by two, three and four wheeled vehicles
It might be fun, even though it is hard to
believe that someone would spend a lot of money to get a vehicle
and then attempt to destroy it along with the road that someone
else had to spend good money to build and maintain.
I do have sympathy for the hunter, rancher or
other individual who have used such roads in the past and is now
denied access because of the individuals who have no respect for
the roads or other’s property.
I also have a lot of sympathy for PG&E, the
Government, the forest landowners and rancher or other landowner
who have to pay to maintain those roads only to have them torn up.
Unfortunately it is the few irresponsible
individuals who make the majority of responsible individuals pay
for what they, the mudders, did. They would continue to do it if
they could get away with ripping out gates or destroying other
things used to keep them out.
If what the caller says is true then I would
suggest that the person who locked the gate get extra keys made
and see to it that those keys are delivered to responsible adults
who have a right to be there.
If the caller is right I suggest that he get
ahold of the authorities and go through the due process of having
the gate and locks removed.
This sort of atmosphere is what leads a ranch
not too far from that locked gate having an armed guard who
patrols the ranch with the butt of a gun in his lap and barrel out
the window - a guard who bluntly orders anyone who dares come down
the road, for whatever reason, out - now!
Most of us don’t think about hospitals unless a
friend or relative is in one or we are in one.
Most of us have no idea how a hospital really
works, how it got where it is, nor do we really care as long as it
is there when we need it.
In other words we have the big city attitude
and are thinking about big city institutions that are privately
Even many of the big cities don’t have public
hospitals anymore. In fact if you think back you can remember when
Shasta County shut their hospital down because they couldn’t
afford it. Modoc Medical Center damned near bankrupted Modoc
We are extremely lucky to still have ours and
most of us have direct links to Mayers because it was there when
we, a loved one or a friend needed it. Many of us have friends or
relatives using its services today.
We are lucky to have had those who have gone
before us fight for, raise money for, work on and work for Mayers
so you and I have a hospital today.
We are lucky to have had intelligent management
and boards who have been able to get it through rough patches.
Others have brought fine doctors and staff here and found ways to
keep them, and to expand its services and partner with others like
Mountain Valley Health Centers.
Those people all have a number of things in
common, not the least of which is the stubbornness, dedication and
energy necessary to keep our hospital alive, functional, and
servicing those of us who need the services.
Hospitals are complex businesses, with ever
changing laws, improved equipment and methods, not to mention
state and federal governments which see numbers, not people, and
want to shift as much of that money to their projects and needs as
they can get away with.
We can smugly sit around tables without having
the knowledge and skills necessary to run or save our hospital and
believe that we could do a better job than those who are on the
front lines doing it, or we can put our trust in those who have
the facts, up to date knowledge, skills and education necessary to
do the job right - and help them when they need the help.
They have asked for our help and in recent days
that request has been answered 10-fold. Because of the partnership
between the hospital and the public Mayers has a chance to get the
exemption we need to keep our long-term care.
But it isn’t over. Mayers CEO Matt Rees has
been burning up the phone lines and highways between here
and Sacramento. Every time he does, he mails or hand delivers
petitions and letters putting pressure on politicians and
explaining just how good of a job Mayers is doing on pinching
pennies, how much we support our hospital and how critical it is
for our community to have a facility like Mayers, providing
services and saving lives.
Don’t stop writing letters of support and
signing petitions as they become available. They give Rees the
sledge hammer he needs to win the battle - public support, our
Editor’s note: I received
the following poem in an e-mail. There was no author listed. It is
a nice poem and very true. A Poem Worth Reading
He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.
And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.
But we’ll hear his tales no longer,
For ol’ Joe has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer
For a Soldier died today.
He won’t be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.
He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won’t note his passing,
‘Tho a Soldier died today.
When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young
But the passing of a Soldier
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?
The politician’s stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.
While the ordinary Soldier,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.
It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever waffling stand?
Or would you want a Soldier
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Soldier,
Who would fight until the end.
He was just a common Soldier,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his likes again.
For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Soldier’s part
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor
While he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage
At the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:
“OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
A SOLDIER DIED TODAY.”