MailboxAero Methow’s excellent service

Dear Editor:

This letter is long overdue and I apologize for my tardiness. Life has been a roller coaster the past few months.

On July 8, 2013, I needed the emergency services provided by Aero Methow Rescue Service. I have always appreciated their presence in our community but never gave much thought to having to utilize them myself.

Having experienced a pathological femur break in my left leg just minutes before attempting to go into the Twisp Valley Grange Hall for a SAIL class, I was very glad they were there. Two Aero Methow EMTs, Theresa Remsberg and Roy “Shade” Reiber, were inside the hall and went into action.

The ambulance was called, I was stabilized by Vikki Buzzard and Byron Braden, and I was taken to Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak. After x-rays there, I was transported to Wenatchee by Lifeline Ambulance for surgery.

All the paramedics were extremely professional, thorough and very thoughtful in handling my situation. They were a great comfort to me.

I would hate to think what July 8 would have been like if we did not have this wonderful team of professionals a phone call away.

An ambulance would have had to come from Omak. I would have been lying on the ground for an additional 45 minutes at a minimum as I certainly could not be transported without stabilization. It would have made a bad day much worse.

You may have recently received correspondence from Aero Methow outlining services they provide, offering volunteer opportunities and classes and also requests for donations to continue their fine services.

I encourage everyone to make a donation if at all possible to keep this service viable in our community.

If you have time to volunteer, great! Any efforts will be appreciated by these professionals who work so tirelessly on our behalf.

I hope you never need the services of Aero Methow but I can assure you if you do, you will be very thankful for what they do.

Cindy Button has done a great job as administrator of this service. Your dad would be proud, Cindy!

Marge Prewitt, Twisp


Much more produce

Dear Editor:

Thank you so much for printing the nice piece in last week’s paper about Classroom in Bloom. We are so grateful for our community support. I need to point out what I consider a huge error at the beginning of the piece. It states that we have contributed 2,490 pounds of produce to the cafeteria in 10 years. This is not correct.

We contributed 2,490 pounds to the cafeteria this year. I would estimate that we have contributed over 12,000 pounds of fresh organic produce over the last 10 years. Thank you to all the school kids and community volunteers who have made this possible.

Anaka Mines, executive director, Classroom in Bloom


No good choices

Dear Editor:

Oh, for an American single-payer health care system.

The new federal medical insurance laws are carefully designed to split the country along economic lines. For those who have low and stagnant incomes it is a nice gift from Uncle Sam. For those who already get medical insurance from their employers it makes a fine political circus of no particular import.

I am in neither group and for my pocketbook it is not much good. Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in March 2010, my existing medical insurance policy premiums have more than doubled, having never paid a nickel toward my health care due to the high deductible. Worse yet, my current policy is not ACA-compliant since it does not include a free doctor visit. My new choices on the health exchange are even more expensive and also have a high deductible.

Since ACA was passed (I fairly gag at the name), the big winner has been United Health Group Inc. Since 2010 the publicly traded company has doubled its market capitalization and shouldered its way onto the Dow list of 30 blue chip stocks. The CEO makes $50 million a year. If Congress really must stick its nose into my medical insurance I wish it would start with the executive compensation at United Health Group Inc.

Among doctors, nurses, clinics, hospitals, equipment makers, drug makers and insurance companies only one sector of the health care industry is dedicated to delivering less health care.

Dan Aspenwall, Winthrop


Kids need recreation

Dear Editor:

Back to the theory it takes a valley to raise a child: All these years we’ve talked about making a valley-wide parks and recreation district. This is our chance to share the responsibly equally through the whole valley for the recreation benefits covered by our towns of Twisp and Winthrop.

We need recreation facilities to keep our young people busy and healthy. The pool teaches water safety through swim lessons and gives kids a safe place to play in the water under the watchful eyes of our lifeguards. The skating rink gives kids another skill that they can carry into adult life.

Kids and adults enjoy these facilities from one end of the valley to the other with hopes of additional activities. We all need to share the expenses. Ask questions, sign the petition and let’s get this show on the road.

Patty Yates, Twisp


We need safety nets

Dear Editor:

I am mad as hell and I don’t know where to take it anymore!

A new federal budget has just been proposed. And whom do we hear it benefits? Congress. No surprise there. Neither party wants to be pilloried in the press again — votes are on the line. There is an election year coming. Make it safe.

But the unemployment benefits have not been extended and the consequences are dire.

People who don’t have work can’t buy much. If they have unemployment benefits they can at least buy food. People who haven’t any money can’t buy anything. If enough people in an area are unemployed and without any subsistence income — such as unemployment benefits — they will affect all the others in the area.

Do I need to spell this out? In our fragile Methow economy, we need people to keep buying — anything and everything. If they don’t, the businesses die. Their workers get laid off. Those unemployed workers can’t buy goods, and more businesses go under. They can’t pay rent. They can’t pay taxes. It’s very simple.

And don’t tell me we need to let the entrepreneurs create the market and the jobs. The McDonald’s CEO took home $13.8 million last year while his employees relied on food stamps (that’s right folks, your tax dollars at work) to make ends meet.

And please don’t keep harping that government intervention is harmful — tell that to the owners of the shop burning to the ground because the fire engine didn’t get there because the roads were impassible and there weren’t any firemen because — guess what — we didn’t want more taxes and government involvement.

When are we going to learn? How many of our citizens need to suffer before we right this injustice? I have been a nurse for 27 years. I have seen what the lack of social safety nets causes — in pain, in sickness, in heartache, and yes, often, in death.

All I know is we need to repair our country — now. And that starts with decent social safety nets. Period. Congress, extend the unemployment benefits.

Karen Mulcahy, Winthrop