Gold’s Letter

Seems to be much controversy surrounding Sue Gold’s letter reference a satellite hospital vs. an ER. She states in response to criticism “all her statements can be documented for veracity.” Her original letter claimed, “The majority of patients arriving at an ER need to be hospitalized.” Most would be at least 51 percent.

The CDC website states that nationwide 9 percent of patients end up being hospitalized. The rates are higher for over 65 age group: 17 percent for injuries and 32 percent for illnesses. Brookings/Harbor is about 60 percent over 65. It would take a lot of research and math to conflate all the data together to come up with an accurate overall percentage for this area, but if we assume on the high side that 25 -27 percent would be overall close for Brookings/Harbor, then Gold’s figure is at least double the reality. She uses the exaggerated claim to make much of her case, so I think much of what she says needs to be re-evaluated.

Also, a letter in April 3 Pilot pretty accurately compares the costs of an ER with our current urgent care, with ER being much more expensive whatever your insurance/self-pay status is.

My question is, why does it have to be either/or? I lived in the Seattle area before moving to Brookings over two years ago. Swedish Hospital is one of the finest health care networks around. They have several facilities that run as an urgent care in normal hours (7 a.m. – 8 or 9 p.m. M-F, shortened hours weekends) and then convert to an ER for the rest of the 24/7 time periods, with costs changing correspondingly. Is that possible per Oregon law? If not, maybe we should be working to change that law. Seems to be the best of both worlds to me.

Marian Kron

Brookings

Concerned for Youth

A recent writer has little concern for 16-year-olds but does have an agenda. I am concerned about the 16 to 24-year-old youth of this country. We give them little respect and small responsibility. Our country did not always feel this way, nor did the ancients always delay maturity, as the writer claims.

The best way to raise the young is to give them responsibilities, concern for issues and mutual respect. Respect is not automatic but comes with having a worthwhile task or job to do and achieving goals. Or as Arthur Ashe said, the cure for low self-esteem is effort.

A voter is not necessarily a leader, and a leader is not always mature. Neither are all politicians rich.

There are plenty of people, various ages, who give no concern to their voting enfranchisement, although allowed to vote. There are plenty of others who are informed and want to vote but are not allowed, because states and precincts shape the voting rights of their citizens.

We should always choose to have more informed citizens voting.

Kathryn Justman

Brookings

Partisan Politics

I’m becoming increasingly dismayed by some of the frequent contributors that appear on the Curry Coastal Pilot’s editorial page. According to the published editorial guidelines, contributors should self-police to ensure that their statements avoid gratuitous insults. Not only is this guideline frequently ignored by the contributors but it seems that the editors of the paper seldom, or at least infrequently, follow some of their own published guidelines.

Most frustrating to me are some of the incendiary views, sweeping generalizations and insulting remarks some use to denigrate an entire political party with half-truths, vague generalizations or utter nonsense.

Personally, I have many friends and relatives who are on both sides of the political spectrum, and I appreciate truthful and honest discussion that can explore a topic in the hopes of finding the best solution to some of the vexing problems such as: health care, legal immigration, fair taxation, protecting democracy, etc. The topics, discourse and sound-bytes in the letters are numerous, often inflammatory, and frequently thrown out to create anger, division and fear. We as citizens of this country, whether Republican or Democrat, don’t have to do this to ourselves.

The solution needs to start with each of us, by monitoring our own anger, seeking and acknowledging truthfulness, and trying to honestly listen to a differing opinion. We’re not the monsters we’re making each other out to be but we must stop the name calling, sweeping generalizations and the hateful language we’re using in an obvious but misguided attempt to defend our own passions; and when we ourselves fall short of this, I expect the editors of the Curry Pilot to step up and edit or refuse to print some of the letters that have been appearing.

Nobody is a monster and no entire political party should be vilified.

Gary Blanchard

Gold Beach

No Collusion

Robert Mueller’s 22-month investigation with 18 hand-picked Trump haters found no collusion. It is illegal to release the full unredacted report because it could reveal some biased statements and grand jury testimony is protected by federal law.

The Democrats wanted this law and protections, too, just as they wanted secure borders during Bill Clinton’s and Obama’s presidencies. Now they have made a complete turnaround because of their hateful desire to prove obstruction of justice and oust a successful and competent president.

In fact, they need to look no further than their own corrupt and hypocritical party. Even though she destroyed subpoenaed evidence, Hillary was exonerated by a biased investigator who most likely had his eyes on a position in her administration. She and her foundation benefited from the sale of America’s plutonium to Russia. She and the DNC paid for a fake dossier that was used to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Trump and others during the 2016 presidential race. Their loss in 2016 has made them crazy with rage and turned the Democrats into the most hateful party ever.

Putin didn’t make us vote for Trump, Crooked Hillary did.

Lou Costa

Brookings

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