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"Transparency" in the EMS levy
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EMS – will it survive even with a levy increase?-letters
We are fortunate for our EMS
Imagine your 80-year-old great grandmother awoke one night with chest pains and was worried it was a heart attack. Her 85-year-old husband, who suffers from a shattered vertebra in his neck, was unable to drive her to the emergency room. She called 911 and minutes later a volunteer EMT was at her door and began basic life-saving protocols. Minutes later an ambulance arrived with two paramedics who stabilized her and transported her safely to Peace Island Hospital for further care. What if when she dialed 911 there were no EMTs? No paramedics? No ambulance?
- The seventh in a series of articles about elections in Washington State by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley. The County Auditor administers elections and voter registration in the County.
We all look forward to summer, but it's easy to forget that it can be a time of stress for young families. Many parents are working long hours while school is out and their childcare options may be limited. United Way of San Juan County recognizes the importance of providing safe, structured activities for children and working parents in our community during the summer months. United Way's support of our Youth Mentoring Program enables school-aged kids – mostly from single-parent families – to be paired one-on-one with an adult mentor. Together, Mentor and Mentee meet weekly to do everything from hiking to summer reading, as well as getting involved in wonderful 4-H activities. Likewise, United Way funding enables our center to offer free parent-child playgroups four mornings a week through our Family Support Program, providing valuable time for new parents (and grandparents!) to connect with one another while their infants and preschoolers build social skills through cooperative play and group activities. It's a terrific way for families to stay connected even when schools are closed for the summer. We encourage community members to support United Way of San Juan County and the efforts they make to ensure that local families have access to active, healthy summer activities.
Voters deserve the truth
The UW's Friday Harbor Labs Science Outreach Program (FHLSOP) is delighted to receive funds from the San Juan Island Community Foundation's Women's Fund for three important program needs; loupes, lifejackets and the cost of printed materials. The Outreach Program uses the loupes for their 1st grade project with Friday Harbor Elementary School (FHES) students. These 1st grade students team-up with UW Marine Biology students as they learn how to use the loupes to answer questions of their magnified world.
County Council's conflict of interest
Our newly constituted Hospital District Board of Commissioners, with three members elected in the wake of widespread discontent with the transition to the new hospital and management of EMS by previous leadership, is asking us to authorize an increased levy for emergency services.
Call me skeptical, but it appears that San Juan Island EMS is asking the taxpayers to go round three on raising their levy 42% based on just their word. To date, there is no approved and final budget for 2017 or even an updated budget for 2016 to evaluate whether EMS is actually fiscally responsible this go around.
Three things spell EMS to me. The first, those were my mother's initials… but you're not interested in that. The second, a dream I had this morning… but you're not interested in that, either. Or maybe you are, for the dream spoke to the third EMS meaning, our island's Emergency Medical Service.
On May 7th at a WA State rally, Donald Trump stated "Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment." The implication is that if one votes for Hillary, she will take your guns away.
Dear Editor and San Juan Islanders,
Dear Editor and San Juan Islanders,
As part-time residents of San Juan Island for thirty years, we have heard many positive reports about the quality and caring of our EMS providers and want to add one more. Many years ago, we asked a friend to take care of our dog while we were off-island. That day she experienced a severe allergic reaction to a prescription drug. EMS personnel responded very quickly, administered immediate aid and arranged for her to be flown to Anacortes for treatment. Their actions saved her life. The responding EMT's even made sure our dog was safe and cared for until our return. The proposed $0.50 levy will allow them to continue to provide these essential services to everyone regardless of their ability to pay while our new hospital board and a citizen's budget review committee work to improve efficiency and restore financial stability to the organization. Please vote YES.
How hard is it to replace a friend you have had for forty-five years? If it hadn't been for the EMS service in her small town, my friend Sharon would not have survived a major heart attack last year. Luckily, her community supports Emergency Medical Service and has a skilled cardiac care unit at their regional hospital.
In August 2016, voters will be asked to vote on a replacement levy for San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services. This measure supports SJIEMS - not hospital services at Peace Island Medical Center. The current levy expires on December 31, 2016, after which there will be no more funding for SJIEMS, unless voters approve a levy to continue funding this agency.
This past week I decided that I would pick up a new hobby: hiking.
Many of your readers know me. I had the privilege of practicing Medicine on the island from 2008 until 2014. In that period of time I worked closely with the EMTs and Paramedics that the islanders are fortunate to have. I can tell you that in my forty years of practicing Emergency Medicine across the country I have not witnessed the level of teamwork, skill and caring that exists in the pre-hospital emergency care on San Juan Island.
My wife and I came to the Island one year ago. This is our home now. We could see the strong ethic of Islanders to make their community better for everyone. We could see the pride in award-winning EMS services. But even the best programs must adapt to changing conditions, such as declining revenue and increasing costs. We are at that point now. The old property tax levy ends this year. It can no longer sustain EMS service levels so vital to everyone's health and welfare. When you receive your primary election ballot in the mail, please vote 'yes' for the new 2016 EMS levy. Every vote counts because passage requires a 60% approval. We can have excellent EMS service only if we continue to support it. EMS saves lives and makes us a community.
San Juan Island Prevention Coalition's (SJIPC) Youth Leadership Initiative is a fortunate partner with United Way. United Way supports SJIPC to help youth acquire skills needed to navigate our globally competitive information age and to be leaders in the 21st Century.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) today released the following statement after Boeing announced that it signed a sales agreement with Iran Air:
Learn about Orcas at Orca Network Workshop June 18.
By Courtney Oldwyn
There is a broad misconception as to the establishment of The Roche Harbor Resort. The claim is the "McMillins," were largely responsible for the development of the Resort. That statement is in error, inaccurate, erroneous, and factually incorrect.
In the last five years, crime stories we report on are indeed becoming more disturbing. In the last six months we have seen a slew of crime involving sexual assaults. The most upsetting story that has ever come across my desk was this week's article involving the severe abuse of a toddler. (Read more about this story in this week's edition). These stories beg the question, why is this happening?
First quarter 2016
I fully support the Army Corps of Engineer's decision to reject the permit for Pacific International Terminal to construct what would have been North America's largest export terminal for coal.
This goes out to all those Republican voters who were going to vote for Ted Cruz in the upcoming Presidential Primary, but are now thinking that, since Cruz suspended his campaign last week, your vote is meaningless. You're discouraged, thinking there's nothing we can do at this point to stop Donald Trump from getting the Republican nomination. And so you're just going to let that ballot sit. Or maybe you've gone even farther and decided that you will have to hold your nose and vote for Trump.