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Wednesday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Saving Palm Drive</b>

EDITOR: Winston Churchill said, "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

The recent crisis and ongoing economic problems plaguing Palm Drive Hospital have proven a wonderful opportunity for the west county community to come together once again with its amazing resilient spirit.

The message is clear; residents want a hospital.

Many lives have been saved at Palm Drive, and a dedicated staff has served to meet the health care needs of that community with excellence.

Dr. James Gude and Dan Smith, in collaboration with the Palm Drive Health Care Foundation, have designed a wonderful, financially solvent plan, backed by committed community funding, to run the hospital as a new entity.

Wouldn't it be a travesty if the district board didn't vote to allow them to implement this plan and keep vital health services available to the west county?

The public meeting will be at noon Wednesday at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St. Show your support for the new community hospital by attending.

MARIA CRANE

Santa Rosa


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