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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, July 28, 2010 13B 4 LETTERS, from page 12B guage of the bond was mis- fight a little too late. We're retirees need more hospital leading and that the range of also fighting to save our mill care than younger people the bond's tax rate per jobs. Now it.is time to fight to and they put a high value on Some people would think $100,000 assessed valuation keep our hospital jobs. This local access to good health- that I have no right to mywas grossly underestimated, community can ill-afford the care facilities. If the only opinion due to the fact that I This added tax burden forimpact of losing that institu- good hospitals are in Rend don't own any property ...the next three decades just tion's payroll. More busi- and Chico, retirees who like well, guess what, I rent. My might be the straw that nesses would be forced to themountains might choose landlord does own the prop- breaks the camel's back for close and property values to move to Paradise. erty, so pretty sure his prop- those poor souls (especially would plummet. The distance to good hospi- erty tax would go up. If that those on a fixed income who Vote no on Measure B, cap- tals will become an even means I have to pay a little retired and relocated to this ping the tax does nothing to more important factor for bit more in rent, so be it if it area) who bought when thesolve our problems with a 50- everyone in the future as means my child and other real estate market was year old hospital facility, changes in the world supply members of my family have strong and have seen their Howard Hughes and demand for oil cause proper medical attention, investment in this county de- Quincy substantial increases in gas I know a lot of the propo-preciate as real estate values prices. In addition, signifi- nents of Measure B think have plummeted. Step backwards cant distances cause delays they were lied to. You Can we really afford thisThelong-term economicvi-in getting medical treatment weren't lied to, people. How project as written with the lo- ability of the Quincy area re- and this can be life threaten- were they to know that theeal economy suffering andquires that we continue to ing. A good local hospital economy was going to tank?the state and federal govern- have an influx of new resi- would provide rapid access Iftheydid know the economyments awash in massive dents. Significant numbers of to new treatment methods was going to tank, we have a debt? We all appreciate the retirees could come to live that are being developed, lot more to be upset aboutgreat job the physicians and here in the future because Doesn't your family de- whether or not they fibbedstaff of Plumas District Hos- this is a uniquely beautiful serve to have a good hospital about $25 or $50! And as for pital are doing, but this pro- area with a vibrant commu- nearby? Measure A was a the population that have ject should not be immune to nity of people. The property step forward towards main- threatened to move if theythe harsh realities whichtax base typically increases taining and improving the have to pay more taxes ... one have beset us since the bond when homes are purchased. Plumas District Hospital. word -- "Bye!" If we lose our issue was approved. Retirees tend to shop locally Measure B, if passed, would hospital, do you really think JeffRockholm and they support other local be a terrible step backwards your fancy retirement prop- Quincy businesses. However, few re- putting short-term econom- erty is going to be worth any- tirees will come to this area ics ahead of long-term med- thing anyway? Fighting for jobs if we do not have a good hos- ical and economic interests, Please consider these ques- As you consider all of the pital in Quincy. On average and the health of the commu- tions when making your de- ramifications surrounding cision. I know how I'm vot- the future of our community ing, No on Measure B! hospital in Quincy, please Cheryl Nicoles don't lose sight of the impact experience with Social Security Quincy that those 200-plus jobs have on our town. We've been fighting to save logging jobs for decades -- and one could easily make the argument we started that Harsh realities Since Measure A was ap- proved, the district's voters have learned that the lan- am just fifteen, and I am mad at my parents. fight all the time, sometimes they hit each other, they drink, and they have no time for us kids (there's three of us). Iwant to live with my grandmother, but my mother says "no" because she needs a babysitter - that would be me. I am thinking of running away, but where? Call the Plumas/Sierra Crisis Line immediately at 1-877-332-2754 for support and referrals. 1 Crisis Line Resource 283-4333 -- Center -877-332-2754 or 283-5515 A program of Plumas Crisis Intervention ..:o,z ;~ d.* - , & gesQurc~,Center nity as a whole. For the long- and-gloom economic study. term viability of Quincy-area They predict a dire outcome communities vote No on in Quincy when we pass Measure B. Measure B. Voters, stay fo- :i TonyHall cused. Don't allow fear to' Quincy cloud your judgment. The: PDH board created this deba- Best for now cle; they need to rectify it.' "Fool me once, shame on We've had a hospital in Quin- you - fool me twice, shame cy for over 50 years -- we'll on me." Don't be fooled again still have a hospital after we by the PDH board. Vote Yes pass Measure B. The PDH on Measure B. board will not allow our hos- However they spin it, reso- pital to close. No jobs will be lution or not, the bottom line lost. Our hospital will suc- is the same - we'll be paying ceed if managed correctly. taxes over and above the Voters still have no clear *. maximum that we voted foridea how PDH plans to build ($87); we'll feel the financial a new hospital in a strug- pain for the next 28 years. All gling economy, never mind t "fixed income" people should how they'll remedy their own think carefully about this current financial woes. I be- hospital tax. When we pass lieve we've all received excel- Measure B, property owners lent care from our hospital. will be taxed a maximum of Our hospital needs improve- $50 (not $125) per $100,000 as- ments and upgrades within sessed property value, our financial means. Vote Threats of hospital closure Yes on Measure B and let's continue. 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