By RYAN DIERKS | Truckee
Dr. Kashtan, in response to your Oct. 25 online letter to the editor, I really do appreciate your clarification of Mr. Mohun’s beliefs and values. You have made it very clear that he stands for regression of our current community healthcare back to “basic” emergency services, while also implying that the fees are unfair. A strange assertion since data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development clearly demonstrated a significant value over Barton, Renown, and St. Mary’s.
I assure you there are far more people in support of the vision of Randy Hill and Alyce Wong than just a small bunch of hospital administration. It is families that can find quality year-round work that allows them to get by, raise families, own a house, and build a community. It is the businesses that are finding the shoulder seasons softened by a thriving local workforce. It is the many athletes who have been rebuilt by our world class orthopedic surgeons. It is the children treated by our excellent pediatricians without a trip to another city, allowing parents to remain productive. It is the 3,000-plus patients who have received excellent care in the short time the cancer center has existed. A center you have deemed the most “egregious” example of expansion (in a letter to the Sierra Sun). It is the family members who, after grim diagnosis, have been given the gift of exceptional care and have a wife and mother without any sign of tumor.
Again, your letters have really distinguished the stark difference in our candidates. Certainly there are small-minded communities out there that lack vision where your regressive values are fine. But our community does not strive for mediocrity. We are Truckee. We are strong and remarkable. Hard working, hard playing, and forward-thinking. We take care of each other in times of crisis, and these are the values of Randy Hill and Alyce Wong.