In an article published on Christmas Day , the Fresno Bee had this to say about public employee double dipping. It is a common practice statewide, especially in law enforcement. However, you as a voter can. Ask Hap how he squares this practice with the responsibilities of a public official who must oversee budget cuts and contribute to the fiscal health of Mono County.
Ask Hap how much taxpayers contributed to his retirement fund and how much they continue to contribute as he double dips. Elizabeth Boyd Sage law? On Tuesday, January 24 Dr. Andrew Bourne chose to end his life. He had been accused of violating section If convicted, he would have been jailed in state prison and been deprived of his livelihood.
The LA Times in a January editorial said: For example, a kind older man assuring a young girl that men would find her attractive? It should be repealed before there are more miscarriages of justice. Don Sage Thank you, good samaritan! My husband and I were driving up to Mammoth on Thursday, Jan. He did not miss his wallet until we got up to Mammoth. Phone calls were made to both places we had stopped.
Into the car he went and drove back down to Bishop, but no wallet. The next morning we stopped at the Post Office to check mail and, lo and behold, there sits the wallet in our PO Box. We got the wallet, the cash and all credit cards back. Thank you for being so honest, and taking the time to get it back to us. Terry Sampson A response to Ms.
That can leave one scarred for life. However, these experiences have absolutely nothing to do with the alleged charges by the justice system in Santa Barbara against Dr. As a child mental health worker, she should understand this better than anyone. Every case in the justice system stands on its own set of allegations and evidence. Innocent until proven otherwise stands as a strong tenet in our justice system. The Santa Barbara Police Department, according to written reports, sent 16 policemen and appropriate vehicles to arrest, manacle and physically transport Dr.
Bourne and Joe Walker to Santa Barbara. Could this be overkill? The location has been changed three times in order to accomodate the ever-increasing numbers of people who want to attend. Herb Benham Landmark status? After just a minute time allotment, the Commission, with a split vote of , refused to entertain questions or to further discuss the proposed project.
Without their iconic landmarks, these places all become less defined and somewhat less notable. In these difficult economic times, when everyone is being asked to make tough choices about spending within limited budgets, it behooves all our public representatives to critically weigh the investment of these funds and consider how such investments might be strategically MAXIMIZED to BENEFIT our town.
In my opinion, this Project should be duly granted the appropriate amount of public funding commensurate with the BENEFITS that would surely be realized for the entire community and our visitors. Steve Horman Coping with loss Dear Editor: This last month we were shocked and saddened to learn of the arrest of Andrew Bourne, M. As we started to come to grips with this event, we were aghast to learn of his death.
Many people worked closely with him throughout the hospital, especially those in Surgery, Recovery, Nursing Units and the Emergency Departmentand Surgical Clinic. Somehow they were able to reach down inside of themselves and continue to provide excellent care to our residents and visitors.
I am proud of each and every member of our staff and am fortunate to work with such caring, talented and strong individuals. There are many people I want to thank who helped us get through this event. She has tirelessly met with staff and physicians, rounded on the departments night and day and made sure everyone was getting the support they needed. Lynda Salcido, our Board Chair, came to the hospital immediately on hearing about Dr.
Bourne and helped organize and participate in sessions with staff. She kept an eye on our administrative team to make sure we were coping and taking care of ourselves. Speaking of our Administrative Team, I could never have gotten through the last month without them. Mammoth Hospital was well supported by our Community and I thank everyone who came to our assistance.
Northern Inyo Hospital provided surgical care to our community for the 10 days it took us to get surgical coverage organized. Fred Weatherly, a Chaplain and grief counselor has been by our side and helped us through the past few weeks as events unfolded. Bourne died to tell me about a crisis team they had both worked with in the past. After a few phone calls, Julie and Sarah from Counseling Team International were on their way from Southern California and onsite that evening.
Julie, Sarah, and Fred provided us with an invaluable service and helped staff cope with their grief. And, my Rotary Club has supported me and other staff throughout this ordeal. Our physicians have stepped up to provide support and care to our patients. Bortolazzo from Urology has assisted in following up with active patients whom Dr. Bourne was caring for. Harrell from Medical Imaging has taken on some of the vascular procedures for our patients.
Deck, one of our surgeons who lives down south and is recovering from an injury himself, has offered to do anything and everything he can physically do. We are moving forward and will continue to provide high quality care. We have begun the process to find permanent surgeons to replace and continue the great program established by Dr.
Bourne, a physician who cannot be replaced. I think the blur of information in January is starting to fade and many of us are beginning to focus on the positives that Dr. Bourne brought to us in his five year career at Mammoth Hospital. I can think of patients whose lives he saved and whose lives he improved, such as the young lady who crashed into a tree while skiing and the snowboarder who sliced his arm nearly in half.
He was there for them and many others. Rest in peace, my friend.