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DR. GERRY LAZZARESCHI

Healdsburg

Propose a parcel tax

EDITOR: The hospital in Sebastopol has serious problems. First, there is the bond debt that is illegally out of proportion to the district’s assessed value. In addition, these bonds are out of compliance as tax exempt, according to the IRS code, and either must be renegotiated or the district will pay a monthly penalty of $30,000.

Second, the 40-year-old hospital building needs a lot of work, as evidenced by the recent boiler room incident. Cost projections to fix the building are more than $1 million. Third, the average daily census hovers around six or seven patients. As directors have stated before, the average daily census must be at least 16 to “break even.” Fourth, the toxicology testing agreement with a Florida company will eventually be called “labscam” and cost the district money to extricate itself. Fifth, there is still an unresolved bankruptcy to pay for.

So to those who want the hospital to remain open, here is the solution. Put a measure before the voters to increase the parcel tax to $465. Simple. Put your money where your mouth is.

GARY HARRIS

Forestville

It’s all about Trump

EDITOR: I am a liberal with many conservative friends. We remain good friends and debate politics with civility and respect. I long for the days when representatives from both parties met off camera and worked out their differences to come up with compromises that were good for all Americans. Now, contrary to T.K. McDonald’s letter (“Concerned about deficits,” Thursday), what’s going on in this country is far beyond liberals versus conservatives. It’s about Donald Trump.

We now have a sitting president who expects loyalty to him from the FBI, the independent media and even from the U.S. Supreme Court. We have a sitting president who actually wants to jail his opponents and censor scientific findings. Are you kidding me?

Liberals had Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Conservatives had Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. Sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose because the pendulum swings both ways.

Honestly, I think most Americans like it that way. No one party gets too out of hand. But this is different. Trump is not a Republican. He merely invaded and coopted that party like a cancer. I wish patriotic conservatives would take back their true party and recognize that Trump is seriously bad news for all of us together.

JOHN HOY

Petaluma

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