EDITOR: Too little has been said about trickle-up economics. This is where the majority of the benefits in a tax cut go to low- or middle-income citizens. We then either spend it, which is good for the economy and benefits corporations, or save it, which is then available for business investment. The net result is the same as trickle down, but the majority of people don’t have to wait for the benefits to slowly work their way down.
Needed more than ever
EDITOR: After the devastating fires that terrorized the North Bay, two of Sonoma County’s major hospitals were closed due to fire and smoke.
A week following the fire, my heart and lungs mysteriously filled with fluid. While we still don’t know the reason for my malady, the fact is this: I was rushed to Sonoma West where I received potentially life-saving oxygen, monitoring, CT scan and medical care. Kaiser Hospital was still closed and only part of Sutter had opened.
Sonoma West was on overload caring for patients, doubling them up in patient rooms as well as in the ER area. Many patients were referred to San Francisco hospitals for further care. Nurses tended to me throughout the night.When it was determined that I needed to have my lung tapped, there were no beds available in Santa Rosa at either Sutter or Memorial. By some miracle, Sonoma West kept me overnight until a bed finally opened up the following day at Memorial.
While I was in the ER at Sonoma West, there was a child with an appendicitis, a young man having a psychotic break, a woman having a serious heart issue and many others cared for by the excellent staff at Sonoma West throughout the night.
Where would I and these other Sonoma County residents have gone? We need our community hospitals. We can’t count on three hospitals all in the same area to always be there for us in disastrous times.
I, for one, do not want to face the future without our community hospital, Sonoma West Medical Center.
Children deserve no less
EDITOR: I commend the candor and the courage of the Press Democrat Editorial Board in publishing the Saturday editorial on the recently released Climate Change Special Report (“Climate report has dire predictions for California”). If we wish to remain in the role of responsible grown-ups, we must acknowledge that the climate crisis is real, we are all in this together and time is not on our side.
The transition to zero carbon emissions begins with the courage to speak the truth about the climate crisis. Our children deserve no less from us.
EDITOR: Excellent coverage of the mental health effects of the fires’ devastation (“Red flags rise over mental health toll,” Sunday). Many people are searching for the rainbows as we begin to heal. Although our home survived, and we were only evacuated for a week, I will always treasure the family bonding while we stayed at my son’s home in Healdsburg.
Morning routines with an 11-, 7- and 3-year-old can be dicey. Witnessing the finesse of the family first-hand improved my mental health considerably.