My Turn: Voted? Five days until Measure C is due
Four years ago, I joined the Tahoe Forest Hospital Foundation as a board member. I had moved to the Tahoe area following the loss of my wife to a brain tumor. It was important to me to become involved in our community, and as a result of my somewhat intense exposure to health care, it seemed a natural thing to do.When the district board elected to ask the voters to consider Measure C, I offered to chair the Campaign Committee having concluded that its successful passage was essential for the best health and well being of our community. I stated at the time that this was one of the most important undertakings I had ever considered in light of its implications for the future of the hospital and the delivery of health care to those of us who have made this our home.It has proven to be an interesting, educational and challenging undertaking, and one that I would do again in a heart beat. It has been personally rewarding through the gratitude expressed by so many of our fellow citizens who recognize how important this is to us all. Perhaps the best part has been the opportunity to work with a compact core group of dedicated volunteers who have given so much of their time and energy for the benefit of so many. And, as with any political campaign, one must respect the opposing view and the sometimes passionate or even harsh words conveyed when expressing an opinion.So here we are. Five days from the close of the balloting process. We will know the outcome sometime after 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25.If you have not found the time to cast your vote or you remain undecided, you still have until 8 p.m. on Tuesday to let your voice be heard. Even if you have lost your ballot, you have the opportunity to go to the respective polling locations in Tahoe City for Placer County voters. You will need your ID. In Nevada County your can cast your ballot at Truckee Town Hall. The arguments supporting and questioning Measure C have been well represented in this and other publications, and have surely been discussed amongst ourselves.And perhaps it goes without saying, if you have not cast your vote, I urge you to do so and to vote yes on Measure C. This is about your health and that of your friends and loved ones now and into the future.Randy Hill is chairman of the Friends of Tahoe Forest Hospital Measure C.
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