Letters to the Editor

Going to sell the hospital too?

Dear Editor,

Have you read some of the info from the hospital? I still can’t wrap my mind around some of it – probably because I just don’t want to believe it. Aside from the $220,000.00 in tax money the hospital is syphoning from the Long Term Care, the administration salaries are way beyond the average wage for other districts our size. It’s inconceivable.

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Remove draconian, anti-USPS requirement

Dear Editor,

The political “destruction” of an institution, mandated to exist by the U.S. Constitution, is coming to a location near you. Why is this happening? What are some real consequences of the loss of the United States Postal Service (USPS)?

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We’ve reached the tipping point

Dear Editor,

We, the U.S.A., have reached a cultural and economic tipping point, the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the recent killing of Chris Stevens, ambassador in Lybia, the refusal of our former Secretary of State to take full and unconditional responsibility for insufficient security at many U. S. diplomatic residences and embassies around the world….

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More at stake than assisted living

Dear Editor,

To the North Okanogan Community: As I looked around at the faces of the community members present at the Hospital Board meeting on Thursday night, Feb., 14, I saw many folks I know. I could see in my memories many of their relatives that I have taken care of at Extended Care, still fondly called the “Nursing Home.” I feel so connected here in this community.

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What are we paying NVH CEO for?

Dear Gary,

There has been a lot discussion lately, regarding the hospital administration and commissioners’ behavior toward the community. Though, I can’t say I’m not among the many a little more than irritated by the recent hostility coming from that side There is also something terrifying that stood out in the CEO’s contradictory report.

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What’s really going on at North Valley?

Dear Gary,

Can someone explain to the hospital administrator that when the public gets blindsided by something as serious as evicting our seniors, its going to get our attention.

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Why choose coffee over our elders?

Dear Gary,

Did we seriously kick grandma out for a cup of coffee? The attached accounting for the hospital coffee shop/deli, taken out of the hospital district’s Assisted Living and Extended Care Budget, shows a $65,000 loss in the last nine months of 2012, but was never considered to be cut.

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We found solutions in the past

Dear Editor,

I am writing to address hospital CEO Ms. Michels’ most recent unprofessional, not so subtle, complaint regarding the community asking questions of district management, as well as her reference to us as outsiders in the 1/4/13 CEO written report stating “No one from the outside can understand this business like we do.”

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Just want to find viable solutions

Dear Editor,

Statement on Scope of Concerned Citizens for Tonasket Assisted Living (CCTAL).

It has come to the urgent attention of the community group, The Concerned Citizens for Tonasket Assisted Living, that there have been statements made by hospital management that this citizens’ group wants to shut down North Valley Hospital.

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The origins of ‘Okanogan’

Dear Editor,

I have been asked to give a definition of the word Okanogan, and decided to let everyone know because it is a word you hear every day and have never understood.

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