We often don’t have time to attend public meetings, so we are relying on what the Gazette-Tribune reported took place at the Tonasket City Council’s Nov. 27 meeting concerning public comment on the new addition planned for North Valley Hospital. It sounds that we need to keep all options open, keep an open mind and use some common sense to resolve this problem.
To all you parents out there, I desperately hope you will not take your kids to see “The Golden Compass” showing at the theater. I know it looks like a good, exciting, story of adventure. I’m sure it is, but the problem is where it comes from.
It’s all about legacy.
Dr. Bruce Amundson, an expert in rural health care, compared the North Valley health complex to the Mayo Clinic. “It’s an anomaly. It has no business being there.” Just as the Mayo Clinic rises out of a cornfield in Minnesota, the North Valley medical complex seemingly rises out of nowhere in Tonasket. When most small rural towns would do anything just to have a doctor, Tonasket has a hospital, nursing home, assisted living, two medical clinics, physical therapy, dentist office and optometry office all on the same campus with satellite clinics in Oroville. We are unique. Just as the Mayo Clinic didn’t appear by accident, our health care system has evolved with hard work, determination, sacrifice, foresight and tenacious community support.
A few nights ago an event took place near our home; an event that could have been an accident and the driver not even aware of the occurrence. However, in my experience the driver probably was aware, probably was not traveling in an emergency mode and probably didn’t even care. The car sped off; the cat might have instantly died but probably not. However it did die sometime during the night and probably had a very painful last few minutes or hours. And, probably as the car sped off, the driver said to himself, “Oh well it was just a cat.” But it wasn’t just a cat. This cat was a friends and a pet in addition to being part of God’s creation.
What? No snow here in the highlands? In thirty years I have never seen an October or a November without snow on the ground. Only five days left in November maybe; most unusual. Snow may have been abrogated by an authoritative act to prove Mr. Gore’s Nobel-winning theory of Global Warming. Not many years ago there were near promises of the “big freeze” and now the “melt down”? As is usually the case, something one hears proves true, and sometimes false.
Since Mr. Solberg is seeking to be elected as the 2008 Oroville Chamber of Commerce President, I feel compelled to speak out and question his overall veracity, professional conduct and ability to provide competent leadership for the town or Oroville.
Regarding the packed out Tonasket City Council Meeting, Tuesday night, Nov. 27th, the comments by the public, both from the hospital and the Tonasket Eagles, Aerie 3002, were interesting to be heard face to face. It appears there have been some very disappointed recipients of false promises. That always gets the same result.
We’re very excited to announce that the Community Cultural Center (CCC) will be installing an electric heat pump into the front half of the building in December. For any of you who have spent time in the building in the winter or summer, I’m sure you can appreciate what this means. It will finally be warm in the winter and cool in the summer! Many thanks to the Tonasket Community Theatre, Okanogan Family Faire, the Saturna Corp. and the individuals who have donated to this project.
I want to thank students, parents and the community for their support of Tonasket schools. Tonasket Elementary School had its fifth Family Fun Night on Nov. 29. The night included reading activities sponsored by Tonasket Americorps, Scholastic Book Fair and a family movie. The attendance for this event was at an all time high, with 248 people attending. Thank you for having education as a high priority and making our Family Fun Nights such a huge success.
After all Mason Hess’s recent protests and despite his laughable earlier declaration of American life as indistinguishable from “marshal law,” he still can’t name a single thing — out of all those rights and liberties he claims the Bushies have decimated — that he could do pre-Bush that he can’t do now as a result of a Bush policy.