Wither Palm Drive?
EDITOR: I'm writing as an employee of Palm Drive Hospital. I've worked here for seven amazing years, most recently as a respiratory therapist. It's with great sadness that I'm learning of the layoffs and possible closing ("Palm Drive Hospital warns of playoffs," Sunday). Palm Drive Hospital has gone through troubled times, and some poor decisions have been made by management. Despite all this, working here was like coming home.
My co-workers are like my family. We work 12 hours, side by side, caring for the community and saving lives. The community may view us as a sinking ship, and there may not be help for us this time, but the heart of Palm Drive isn't its management but its employees.
It's tough having the substantial threat of being jobless, but equally as dire is the fear of losing my co-workers. I worry for them as much as they worry for me. It's as if a family is about to be dispersed. We care about one another, and we care about the people we serve. We are the local choice because we're the embodiment of the community. We help one another through tough times and make one another laugh even in light of dark news. After all, isn't that the quality that makes west county what it is?
EDITOR: The Press Democrat published a letter from Kenneth Larsen ("Democrat control?" March 24) documenting his belief that since several mass-murder gun crimes are somehow connected to registered members or children of registered members of the Democratic Party, Democrats shouldn't be allowed to have guns. Now it is only fair to present another viewpoint.
; Columbine shooters: male.
; Beltway snipers: male.