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Readers write

Truckee is facing a crucial question: Do we want a quality hospital in our community or are we willing to go elsewhere to find one? Voters need to approve Measure C, which will place an average of only $9 a year per $100,000 assessed (not market value) valuation on homeowners in the Tahoe Forest Hospital District. This tax deductible cost will be approximately $28 per year for the average homeowner.

Tahoe Forest is a non-profit, district hospital. It is owned by the community, the assessment for the hospital district has not increased in 50 years. Wow, how much has changed since then?

The maternity department is housed in a 1966 building, which does not meet earthquake safety standards. State law requires the unit to close by 2013 if it is not sufficiently upgraded. Would you want to drive to Reno to deliver your baby?

The Emergency Room needs to be updated so it can continue to provide top care and conform to required privacy issues. To attract and keep quality doctors, the hospital needs good facilities and equipment.

These are just two of the important upgrades that will be affected by Measure C. More were not completed during the recent construction, due to dramatic increases in construction costs and in new state requirements for hospitals. To ensure that the money will be spent wisely, an oversight committee will be established.

Truckee deserves a great hospital. Vote yes on Measure C.

I would like to concur wholeheartedly with Monday’s My Turn guest column (“High hospital bills and Measure C” Sierra Sun Sept. 10). If in fact Tahoe Forest Hospital is a private or public, for-profit institution, then might I suggest that it be operated within its determined budget and plan for expansion, retrofit and improvement in its operation.

We have, as the American public, spent far too much on bailing out improperly administrated, private and public-sector institutions for far too long. Perhaps the hospital district could sell some of it’s prized real estate holdings along Donner Pass Road to finance its expansion needs? Or maybe the average Truckee family institution should be allowed to float general tax bonds to finance their desired remodels/expansions. We are, after all, our “most valuable community asset.” As a 24-year resident and homeowner in this community, I’m very familiar with the concept that to maintain a small-town environment requires some degree of “sacrifice of conveinence.”

May I be so bold as to suggest that TFH attempt to excel at service within the existing facilities that they presently have? Or must they compete with the metropolitan facilities 30 minutes away? My belief is that the local tax rates have long exceeded the local population’s ability to “shop local” for any services. What’s your limit?

I am writing this letter to encourage registered voters to please vote yes on Measure C. This is a first for me, to write this kind of letter, but I know how critical this measure is for our community and I’m compelled to reach out to my friends and fellow community members.

I’ve lived in the North Tahoe area for the past 16 years. Like many of you, Tahoe is my home for the long haul. I love my community and our family plans to stay here. Having a nearby hospital where my family and friends can receive quality care is so important. Personally, I think it is one of the foundations of a strong community. We all know how unexpected the need can be for emergency care can be and I know I don’t want to have to drive an hour from Homewood to Reno should an emergency occur with one of my family members or friends. Would you?

Since I’ve lived in Tahoe, I have had to be rushed to Tahoe Forest’s emergency room on several occasions and was grateful to have a quality hospital so close by. Both of my daughters were born at Tahoe Forest Hospital and we received amazing care. Measure C will allow “parents-to-be” to have their children delivered at Tahoe Forest Hospital and will make sure that our community’s hospital can continue to provide state-of-the-art medical care for years to come. Please vote today and vote yes on Measure C.

I was diagnosed nine months ago with skin cancer. For the last six months I have been going to Tahoe Forest Hospital three times a week to receive treatment. I live in Truckee and having the hospital makes getting my treatment as easy as it gets.

Vote yes on Measure C so that all the patients at Tahoe Forest Hospital can receive the treatments they need. Thanks.

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