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Beacon Archive

March 2003
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The Way it was: The Arranmore Connection

Rural Arts and Culture Grant Update

Beaver Island Transportation Authority News

Beaver Island Boat Company Response

News from the Beaver Island Wildlife Club

Thank You from the Bellamy Family

Landscape Options Improve

New Scholarship Fund will Aid Nursing Students

Students on the Slopes

Across the Ice

Jeanie Johnston Underway

New Ferries Crossing the Lake

Bellamy Memorial Service

Charlevoix County Community Foundation News

Beaver Island High!

Chili Cook-off

One Hundred Years Ago

Arranmore Twinning / A Beautiful Watercolor by Cindy Gillespie

News from the Townships

Road Rally Planned

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! (and a run-down of the planned events)

On This Date

The Grand Rapids Party

Charlevoix County Commission Meetings

Letters to the Editor: The New Medical Center

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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.

–Rich Gillespie

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