Letters To The Editor

Contract with PIMC has brought good things, but we can change for the better | Letters

The current debate over issues relating to PIMC is far more active than it was when the hospital was still on the drawing board.

  • Oct 20th, 2015

All islanders are affected by policy at PIMC | Letters

Another reason we need a change in the people running the public hospital district: please vote for Barbara, Bill W. and Monica.

  • Oct 20th, 2015

These candidates will address issues face-on | Letters

The fundamental difference between the candidates as I see it, is that Barbara, Bill and Monica are willing to admit that some things need fixing.

  • Oct 20th, 2015

Vote Barbara, Monica and Bill W. | Letters

Their willingness to seek the information necessary for answers, and thus solutions, is admirable in these volunteer positions.

  • Oct 20th, 2015

Sharp, Harrington and Williams have the broad public interest at heart | Letters

There are no “liars” in this race. Those who claim so seem to be trying to obscure the obvious evidence of serious problems with the status quo. Why one would do that?

  • Oct 20th, 2015

Give us back control over our tax dollars | Letters

When Jenny tells the voters that she will commit herself to giving back taxpayers the control of their tax dollars, then I will stop viewing her as a member of PeaceHealth cheer leaders cozy little club.

  • Oct 20th, 2015

No easy answers in this hospital district | Letters

These are the issues as I see them, complex and difficult, none with easy answers.

  • Oct 20th, 2015

Youth: let your voices be heard in this election | Letters

Millennials and Gen Xers, this is your home too and we only have one hospital.

  • Oct 16th, 2015

Whatever happened to “Can’t we all get along?” | Letters

Whatever happened to going to lunch with someone, sitting over the table and looking someone in the eye?

  • Oct 16th, 2015

Loftus is passionate and knowledgeable; the right choice | Letters

Respect the passion that defined and motivated the array of healthcare services we enjoy through PeaceHealth.

  • Oct 16th, 2015

Loftus is concerned about doing whats right for the community | Letters

Michelle Loftus DVM has the experience we need for San Juan County Public Hospital District Commissioner Position 2.

  • Oct 16th, 2015

Michelle Loftus is the most experienced person for the position | Letters

She specifically knows the law and how it relates to medicine. She will best understand those EMS project requests and budget items because she has asked for some herself.

  • Oct 16th, 2015

Concerns about Jenny | Letters

It struck me the other day that no one has mentioned Jenny Ledford’s political beliefs.

  • Oct 16th, 2015

Retired voters don’t see any need for “women’s health services” | Letters

Given our demographic, we certainly don’t see why we should be asked to fund with our taxes these services.

  • Oct 16th, 2015

Refrain from accusations and falsehoods | Letters

Where are the facts supporting allegations against candidates about wanting litigation against the hospital district?

  • Oct 16th, 2015

“Voting bloc” conspiracy concerns are unfounded | Letters

The truth is that a group of local citizens who are disturbed about what’s been occurring with our local hospital district, especially the failure of two emergency medical services levies, got together to try to repair the situation.

  • Oct 16th, 2015

Barbara, Bill and Monica will avoid litigation and uphold the law | Letters

Opponents of Barbara, Bill, and Monica do not see anything wrong or illegal with a religious organization placing restrictions on how our tax dollars are spent on health care.

  • Oct 16th, 2015

Rejecting status quo does not mean rejecting good with the bad | Letters

What the island needs are smart, yes, smart is important, practical and thoughtful representatives.

  • Oct 16th, 2015

Vote for Jenny, Michelle and Doc this fall | Letters

Let’s trust our hospital to look after us well by supporting better candidates – Michelle, Jenny and Doc.

  • Oct 16th, 2015

Serious harm could come from forcing PeaceHealth to do abortions | Letters

But is this a wise position? PeaceHealth will never offer abortions. Period. So if the issue is pressed, what might happen?

  • Oct 16th, 2015

Thank you Louise Dustrude | Letters

I've been waiting for someone like Ms. Dustrude to cast my actions in a negative light - and just in time for the election. Thank you, Louise, for this opportunity to enlighten with the truth.

  • Oct 13th, 2015

I’m calling the play and handing you the ball, vote for Jenny! | Letters

I am asking for your vote for my wife, Jenny. She is running for San Juan County Public Hospital Commissioner, position 3.

  • Oct 12th, 2015

Concerned over election — choose the qualified, well-informed candidates | Letters

They make a formidable team that will look out for our health care interests, the needs and concerns of all islanders and make more effective use of our tax dollars.

  • Oct 10th, 2015

Thankful for the hospital district — don’t forget to vote in november | Letters

I trust Jenny to lead fiscally and support EMS and Medevac so the organization can continue to serve our community.

  • Oct 8th, 2015

Election brings up questions of health choices | Letters

Peace Island Medical Center is not just a business – they are the neighbors, doctors, nurses, technicians that live beside us.

  • Oct 6th, 2015

Skilled moderator made all the difference | Letters

Because of the moderator’s firm but friendly control the audience got much of the information they came to hear.

  • Oct 6th, 2015

Partisan politics are not a part of this race, vote for the nonpartisan candidate | Letters

Jenny Ledford is a leader, a seasoned professional who can work with diverse groups without axe grinding, a communication expert who has worked with our EMS personnel, and someone who is warm and genuine.

  • Oct 6th, 2015

Damaging candidate signs is immature, use your vote instead | Letters

On my way to work this morning, I was dismayed to see “Trust Jenny” and “Michelle Loftus” signs knocked over.

  • Oct 6th, 2015

Meet the Honeywells and learn the facts about the Orca Dreams subdivision | Letters

Many out there have expressed an interest in the Orca Dreams subdivision and dock application that are currently under review by the San Juan County Department of Community Development.

  • Oct 6th, 2015

Deepest thanks for Peace Island Medical Center Emergency Room staff | Letters

I’ve always felt that we islanders are truly blessed to have such caring professionals available when we need them, and early this week, when I needed them most, they were right there.

  • Oct 6th, 2015

Why try to fix something that isn’t broken? | Letters

Let’s not enter into litigation to fix something that isn’t broken - namely Peace Island Medical Center.

  • Oct 6th, 2015

Why the need for speed? | Letters

You who miss all that faster stuff that you left behind, please stop trying to replicate it here.

  • Sep 29th, 2015

All three candidates needed to make the difference | Letters

The current mind set of the San Juan County Public Hospital District Board needs to be changed. They lack respect for the taxpayer public they represent.

  • Sep 29th, 2015

Hospital board candidates caught up in buzzwords | Letters

The upcoming election of three, non-partisan seats for the San Juan County Public Hospital District has become mired in personal opinions about religion, politics and the processes of abortion and end-of-life.

  • Sep 29th, 2015

Communities need to wake up to climate change, it’s happening now | Letters

If scientists who’ve been writing about climate change for over 20 years are right, we’re going to get more frequent and more severe situations like this.

  • Sep 22nd, 2015

Heartfelt thanks to ferry workers | Letters

We wanted to express our heartfelt thanks to those ferry workers who helped us board an 8 a.m. ferry to Anacortes several weeks ago when we had a family medical emergency across the state.

  • Sep 22nd, 2015

Don’t forget bikers on the roadway, they deserve space | Letters

Whether we’re walking, cycling, driving, riding a horse, skating or hoverboarding, we’re not obstacles, we’re just trying to get somewhere.

  • Sep 22nd, 2015

Re: Sturdivant | Letter

Lee Sturdivant, I agree with Monica Harrington’s assertion that we need “unambiguous information on ‘death with dignity.’” I, however, see two totally different parts to “death with dignity”.

  • Sep 21st, 2015

Thanks to United Way for supporting our local youth | Letters

By offering financial funding needed, United Way makes it possible for the SJIPC to continue its Youth Leadership Initiative- an important source of life skills development that our youth so desperately need to be empowered leaders.

  • Sep 17th, 2015

Questions about EMS budget and previous chief go unanswered | Letters

Our hospital board cannot rely only on “expected” revenue to carry EMS into the future, they must cut expenses. Bottom line; make some serious concession so we still have a sustainable EMS that will carry us well into the future.

  • Sep 16th, 2015