Letters to the Editor
Much controversy surrounds the new Rural Health Center plans. In my travels I have heard very few who are excited at the prospect of a large, expensive new building that will still only fulfill trauma situations where patients will be transferred to the mainland for care. All I have heard in recent years is that the clinic can barely stay afloat operating the present facilities with current funding. Even though the money received can be classified as a gift I believe we are moving forward in too much of a knee-jerk fashion to get construction underway. If the clinic were going to house a doctor or much improve the medical care of the community, then it should be built. If we are building to spend the money (which could be held until it grows or until such time as better plans can be laid) I fear that the taxpayers of this community will be choking on ballot proposals for operating funds until they turn blue! No one is interested in more taxation, so I urge the medical committee board members to use caution where it is due. A battle royale will ensue if we are forced to provide more tax dollars for the same basic services. In these economic times conservatism is the most important thing we can exercise.
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