Dear Editor: A “short-term $1.2-million line of credit,” according to a story in The Pilot’s Oct. 2 issue, is another creative attempt to open the long-awaited South County Emergency Center, with its reported “projected annual operating cost of $4,929,000.”

The sole taxpayers/backers of the Curry Health Network live in the more-sparsely populated areas of the north and central county, and yet are constantly being expected to assume all of the risk associated with the proposed South County Emergency Center.  

Brookings-Harbor 97415 will, of course, benefit greatly from this much-needed facility, and yet all of the burden and risks continually fall elsewhere.  

South county has historically rejected every proposal that would promote the notion of one strong and unified health network, one that would benefit everyone in this small county, which is their prerogative to do so.  

It’s should also be the prerogative of the backers, the taxpayers on the hook for this endeavor, to say, “Wait a minute.”  

Until south county is willing to put some “skin in the game,” to assume some of the risks that accompany all the benefits to be gained, we should rethink this proposal.  

Fair play and common sense have definitely not been applied here. It’s time to step back, rethink the entire process, and handle this funding in a much better way than we’ve seen so far.

Clayton Johnson

Gold Beach

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