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It is my desire that the Grant County Commission allow Gila Regional Medical Center to remain a local hospital. Good strides have been made in bringing the hospital to a more stable financial position. I would like the confidence placed in the administration to continue and give them a chance to prove their expertise.

I sincerely appreciate all the hard work and research the Commission has done to determine the best path for GRMC. However, it is hard to measure the personal concerns, fears and opinions of the local population. The cancer patients have had a terrible experience in changing from one cancer treatment to another. This could be an example of what would happen should the Commission decide to change ownership of the hospital. I daresay the political fallout could be devastating to all involved.

Forcing Government Workers to Support Unions Is Wrong

(Albuquerque, NM) -- The Rio Grande Foundation, New Mexico’s free-market think tank, applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME. The decision, handed down this morning, secures the right to work for all local- and state-government employees.

The Land of Enchantment is one of more than 20 states that allow unions to collect fees from government workers regardless of whether or not they wish to associate with organized labor. A growing number of states -- now a majority -- have passed right-to-work laws, which free workers from paying fees to a union as a precondition of employment. Now, thanks to this ruling, all government employees will be able to choose whether or not to support unions.

So, let me get this straight. A baker in Oregon refuses to serve a homosexual couple and gets hauled into court while a restaurant owner in Virginia gets rave reviews for refusing to serve a woman who works for President Trump. Okay. Got it.

Roger Lanse
Silver City

By Sen. Mary Kay Papen (D-Dona Ana)

Gov. Martinez Wrong to Support the Policy of Separating Migrant Children from Their Families
President Trump's 'zero tolerance' policy to criminally prosecute anyone unlawfully crossing our southern border causes children to be separated from their families. It is a devastating human tragedy that promises to leave these children with deep emotional and mental scars for life. All of us in New Mexico, leaders and ordinary citizens alike, have an absolute obligation to raise our voices in strong opposition, being on the doorstep of where this is taking place. Unfortunately, our Governor has endorsed Trump's inhumane policy, and should be called to account.

By Gail E. Steuart

On March 15, 2018 the Grant County Beat published my article – Praise and Gratitude for My Silver City Health Care Experience. This article referred to my highly successful total hip replacement performed by Dr. Robinson.

I sincerely thought that my writing could have an effect on the decisions of the Grant County Commissioners, but I guess not! My article, along with others that I read, seems to have had no effect. I am terribly disappointed; however, I’m making this one more effort to extend my wish for the Gila Regional Medical Center to remain as it is. Believe me, I’ve had even more experience since my first article was written.

By Senator Pete Campos

In recent decades, the structure of the New Mexican family has changed significantly. For example, grandparents raise young children, and single parents struggle to make paychecks stretch for another month. Even the most idealized families must now watch as their children combat — and sometimes fall prey to — drugs and alcohol at increasingly younger ages. In these trying times, a village is not always enough. Sometimes, it takes a state to raise a child.

The Grant County commissioners have been gathering information on health care and hospitals, including Gila Regional Medical Center for more than a year. Commissioners began the process in March 2017, when the hospital was facing dire financial issues. In June 2017, they approved a contractor with perceived expertise, Juniper Advisory.

The Juniper Advisory website states its principles: Juniper was founded on the belief that a critical need exists in the hospital industry for an advisory firm which is both qualified to provide experienced and dedicated strategic advice and free of potential conflicts of interest created within larger, multi-product financial service companies.

Sounds good, right? But if you look at Transactions on the website, the first one is expanding. The rest state so-and-so medical center has been acquired by mostly large national firms or have merged or formed a joint venture or entered into a management agreement.

With the 74th D-Day anniversary just past, picture in your mind’s eye a 1943 squadron of B-17 bombers flying towards their target in Germany.

The pilots and navigators are keeping on a straight-line course, the bombardiers intently focusing through their Norton Bombsights—while the rest of the crew, turret gunners, waist gunners and tail gunners are all shooting at the many attacking German fighter planes twisting through the squadron formation—and the flak from German anti-aircraft guns is exploding all around them, buffeting the B-17s.

Finally over their targets, the squadron drops their payload and returns to home base. Then they reload and fly back to do it again—and again—and again!! Despite being bullet-ridden, their targets are hit!

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