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We cannot take walk-ins. All injured must call 707-578-7787 to make sure we are open and staffed under the circumstances. Our staff will do triage on the phone to make sure callers are candidates for our services and tell them when to come in.

DRS. ROBERT ROWEN and TERRI SU

Santa Rosa

Always great

EDITOR: On Sunday, there was a TV rebroadcast of a more than 40-year-old program called “Johnny Cash and Friends.” One of the songs he sang was “Ragged Old Flag.” As I heard the words, my eyes watered.

The song tells us why this country of ours became the nation it is. This nation always has been great and still is. We have lost our focus and need to start paying attention to what is going on around us and get involved. Don’t listen to words of promise. Look at the person, see what they are and what and who they represent. Go to YouTube, and listen Johnny Cash sing “Ragged Old Flag.” This country will always be great.

PAUL BENKOVER

Sebastopol

Sonoma West helps

EDITOR: In your articles about the fire and Santa Rosa hospitals and all the transferred patients, you neglect to note that many of those patients are being transferred to Sonoma West Hospital in Sebastopol.

I have been working there these past chaotic days, and the hospital is full of people — doctors, nurses, emergency room personnel — who are treating everyone who comes in our door needing medical help. This community rises up to help, and patients are so grateful. I hate to think what would happen if we didn’t have a local community hospital at times like this.

And, by the way, they could use some clothing for the folks who evacuated with only the shirt, or pajamas, on their back.

PAULA SHATKIN

Occidental

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