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Opinion: Vote for Randy Hill, Alyce Wong for hospital board

In this election cycle, there is an issue in which you have a very powerful voice. Despite a super majority approval of expansion of our hospital, most notably the cancer center, a small group of citizens believe its services are neither basic or essential.

In a recent Sierra Sun opinion piece, Jack Kashtan has found the man to represent this sentiment in incumbent candidate John Mohun. Unfortunately, these values lack peripheral vision and don’t represent this remarkable community.

Mr. Kashtan claims the services of the cancer center being the “most egregious example of expansion.” Last February, my wife was diagnosed with metastatic inflammatory breast cancer — an “incurable” disease for a young family.

Excuse me for taking offense, but the only thing egregious is Mr. Kashtan’s thought process. The “overpaid” oncologists — whose contracts were recently independently reviewed and determined more than fair and explicitly not performance-based to avoid the pitfalls of overprescribing treatment for profit — have treated my wife and family for 8 months.

The center gave the support that allowed us to tend to our business, this town and raise the next generation. I could not have done this without such outstanding local care. Quality health care has far-reaching implications. Oncology is a highly specialized practice where the genetic makeup of each patient and their cancer individualizes treatment. This is outside the scope of your surgical expertise. They administered broad spectrum Chemo and new targeted therapies.

My wife’s pathology now shows zero tumor. I would pay anything to know this wonderful woman will be in my life. My young daughter will have a mother.

Randy Hill and Alyce Wong are a reflection of these values, the values of the people I see daily, not a small group that lacks heart and vision. Exceptional services support exceptional communities and essential for our economy, our health and humanity.

Ryan Dierks


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