|Letters to the Editor published Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011|
|February 12, 2011 04:00 am|
New clinic is for the common good
For the common good. Doesn’t that term have a nice ring to it ?
It’s in the Constitution and as such is a foundation stone of our way of life. I don’t want to get into the politics of the new medical center or who’s going to pay for what, but I feel – regardless of all the controversies – that it is indeed for the common good.
We all want quality, accessible health care, but at what cost/risk?
It is our opinion that significant questions remain regarding Mr. McMillan’s structure built between Fifth and Hawthorn streets. So far, the information we have is based upon promises/services he has not defined or cannot guarantee.
First, we heard this project was to be a hospital with an emergency room. Soon afterward, we learned from the city that this property is only approved for a clinic. This inconsistency is misleading. Despite the “progress” of this project, we still have many questions: How is he funding this project? He has indicated on more than one occasion that taxpayers may be tapped to fund this speculative venture; what level of care will be available? Where are those promised doctors? How will Mr. McMillan attract and pay for the additional professionals needed to provide the additional services, i.e. MRI, Spiral CT, and 24/7 emergency response?
If his plans include an emergency room, does he have approval from the State of Oregon, with appropriate surgical services and overnight stay capability? These services require regulatory standards and routine monitoring for compliance.
In the few articles where he is quoted in the Pilot, Mr. McMillan implies that patient assessment and care will be administered locally, precluding the need for an ambulance trip to Crescent City or Medford. As this facility has been described, it is not a hospital with nearby air transport.
Finally, is the true purpose of this venture to meet the medical needs of our community, or is it to mitigate Mr. McMillan’s questionable investment at the expense of the Brookings/Harbor taxpayers?
M. and P. Lindsay
My name is Blake Heiss.
I grew up in Brookings and miss it immensely whenever I’m away; went to school at Azalea and Brookings-Harbor High School, then Oregon State University, and am now in grad school at Chapman University in Southern California where I’m getting my MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in film production – specifically, in directing.
Had it not been for the media courses I’d been fortunate enough to take at BHHS, I’d never be where I am now. I was also incredibly influenced by Brookings’ own Elmo Williams in my decision to pursue filmmaking as a career.
I’m writing in regard to a short film project that I’m putting together, and fundraising for now. The film, titled “Pawn,” is a near-future sci-fi story about a pawnshop where people can sell/buy their memories, and the hardened pawnbroker who runs the shop.
As starving-artist student filmmakers raising money to produce our short films, we rely heavily on contributions from friends and family. Even as little as $5 to $10 from enough people can make the difference in turning a dream into a reality on screen. This letter in the Pilot could be an incredible boon to the project and my future as a filmmaker.
Our fundraising website (via Indie GoGo) is www.indiegogo.com/Pawn.
Contributors to the project will receive copies of the final film and a special thanks credit on IMDb (Internet Movie Database).
I’m also looking into having a summer premiere at the Redwood Theater of the two films I’ve made this year.
Thank you, and all the best.
Governments fail countries. “Big business” exists in the U.S.A. by incorporating.
To incorporate, federal agencies must approve the incorporation or big business can’t exist in this country.
The Democrat-monopoly of law-making branches of the government in 2009 created laws and regulations that demanded a select big business give financial control of business assets to unions in violation of investment laws existing in federal law, General Motors stock being an example. Choosing winners and losers in the big business stock market, the Democrat-monopoly’s demands collapsed one big business (Lehman Brothers, for example) and financially aided a second Wall Street big business. In doing this, a favorite friend of that big government was appointed to the board of one of those big businesses and was given a financial reward of $2 million for two months’ work on that board. Big business boards would not attempt such a waste of assets to one person, especially when in financial trouble. In two years, the Democrat-monopoly of the federal government spent trillions in a catastrophically-failed attempt to create jobs that were mostly government, union and make-work only jobs. No big business has either assets or the ability to internationally borrow such sums, much less throw vast monies away. “Printing value” is what “dictatorial big government” does, not big business. If it continues, we will do what all other dictatorial governments have done: fail. Governments fail countries, not business. Government-published unemployment figures are also bad distortions of reality.