Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 28, 2000 · Page 5
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More Forum fflE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL FRI., JAN. 28-SAT., JAN. 29, 2000 letters Continued from Page A-4 • development, etc. The money to compensate owners for the loss of property rights and values is not addressed. A more realistic figure could easily be 20 times this amount. As with so many government plans they are great, as long as someone else is paying for it. If this plan is as good and necessary as claimed, then let's have everyone in the valley pay for it. Attach a bond issue to the passage of this plan to cover the real costs of it. Let everyone pay their fair share! If this is the true will of the people, as planners keep claiming, then voters would easily pass such a bond issue. ;It seems to me some of the most pressing issues of the valley are job creation and affordable housing. This plan, at best, does nothing to ; mitigate these problems: and at worst exacerbates them. How exactly does this plan serve the community's greater good in everyday dollars and sense terms? '. Brian Consterdine Uklah Thinks PHF does a good job To the Editor: I would like to respond to an article in the Jan. 18, Advocate- News, reprinted from the Ukiah Daily Journal, titled "Advisory board criticizes psychiatric health facility," (Gienda Anderson). I am a 51-year-old schizophrenic, first diagnosed 27 years ago. Although I had not needed hospitalization for 20 years, in early December 1999,1 realized I wasn't sleeping, was forgetting to feed myself, had become disoriented and probably also had bronchitis. I went to Coast Hospital emergency. They sent me to Fort Bragg Mental^ Health, and within two hours I was being taken care of at the Psychiatric Health Facility in Ukiah. [During my weekend stay at PHF, I was fed, a blood test was taken to-check for internal problems, antibiotics were prescribed, two dif- fefent mental health professionals encouraged me to talk for as long as I wanted or needed to, my psychiatric medication was adjusted and I slept beautifully! -•'.' Frankly, I've never been so well cared for so completely and -'quickly by any mental health system I've encountered in the past 27 '• Vears. I find that holds true for all my experiences with Mendocino .•'County Mental Health personnel at every level. The system is the friendliest and most accommodating I've ever found, and I've needed ."''its services for eight years now, from crisis to prescriptions. '•>•"• As for the Psychiatric Health Facility itself, I found the personnel •nhere so balanced and so careful when explaining rules and proce- " jdures, or answering my questions, that all by themselves they were ''soothing medicine. I am still marveling at their patience. Meanwhile, the food was good; I was encouraged to walk the hall for exercise, • r - which I took advantage of; and I never, ever felt threatened although rirmy fellow patients were of both sexes and some were from the jail. ''-••' I didn't know what I was in for when I arrived at PHF, but I cer- ••'jtainly didn't have any grounds for complaint when I left. I hope I '-'»never need that kind of intensive care again, but I'm glad it is there. • % 'I'm more than grateful to a system that allows my sanity, and I • 'include the Psychiatric Health Facility in that thanks. The system ' m'ay not be perfect, but that doesn't mean it isn't necessary. For • myself, I'm now doing better than ever before, a happy surprise. Carolyn L. Jones Fort Bragg Thank you _ :...-. u -, Jt .. ,... -.•...- ,. . ,- . To the Editor: • : This letter is to state that we:wish to give a great big thank you to , the Savings Bank for their tremendous generosity to this community • in restoring the damaged park gates. .We were very pleased and happy .when their picture and story appeared on the front page, and I have intended to write this thank • you ever since. Unless we missed it somehow, we have not read one : thank you letter for the beautiful gates in your letters to the editor. • Then, I realized we had not written one yet - so here it is. •'_•••. We would like to also thank the Coffee Critic man for his sign on "the barn. We think it is very nostalgic and in a perfect setting. We would like for our "city fathers" to shake his hand and thank him for • .all he has accomplished in this town, and to please put their efforts .. into getting some of the eye sores demolished - like Fjord's, old Fos.- .ter Freeze and of course, the old Ward's. We hope the school will go -. out there - at least it would look 100 percent better. Harland and Betty Stewart Ukiah WANTED OUTLAW STOVES iV <200 TRADE-IN ON GAS OR PELLET $ 100 TRADE-IN ON WOOD STOVES 15 INSTALLATION AVAILABLE U WE SERVICE WHAT WE SELL" HOME TOWN STOI 3301 North State St, Ukiah • 462*2874 Thank you To the Editor: I would like to thank all of the people who helped make the annual Birdie Marable Christmas dinner a success. Because of the volunteer help, we were able to feed over 300 people, plus there were meals delivered to shut-ins. Without this volunteer help, this dinner would not happen. Again, thank you. A special thanks to Melissa Phillips for the use of the Senior Center and to her husband, Chris, for transporting my Mom. She was able to attend the dinner due to this kindness. Lillian Brandon, daughter of Birdie Marable Ukiah More about teaching To the Editor: I will be precise about President Lombardi's response to criticism about our valley schools. She did not respond to local statistics, issues, or reforms. She had an opportunity to be an ambassador, to draw us out, to help, that is gone. Now, I will explain the last two sentences. First, most of the statistics dealt with budgetary money policies and issues and ethnic language stats which are inflammatory. Not one local issue of substance is mentioned. Where are the stats on our Ukiah Valley only? What are the valley ratios of class size, money per student? I can't help it if I don't know. Second sentence, she offered no creative thought. Is there such laziness in this valley about raising our standards of learning, that we will wait? Here is the leader of your local school chapter, confusing the progress of learning with a twist of anger. Dignifying comes from leadership, agreement, and then change. I think focusing on the "locker problem" for the rest of the year is a fitting symbol of this laziness and lack of leadership. P.K. Gillespie Redwood Valley Editor's note: The Daily Journal prints letters from supporters of political candidates as space permits and in a separate, labeled section. While we generally run all letters to the editor, we do not guarantee the printing of all political letters to the editor by the election date. For Dickey To the Editor: I am voting for David Dickey for District 2 supervisor because I feel he is well qualified to do an outstanding job for the county. David is a West Point graduate with an engineering degree, a Vietnam veteran with 17 medals. He worked for Gallo Wines, Frito Lay and the Fleishman Margarine Plant in Oakland. He worked in various management positions during this period giving him management skills and experience 1 in handling personnel matters. He moved to Ukiah in 1979 with wife Pamela Rones. They had two children, Melissa and Ryan. Devastation struck in 1998 when Ryan was killed by a speeding police car while in Holland attending school and playing soccer. Melissa is presently attending Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and playing varsity soccer. Dave and Pam moved to Ukiah to be closer to family and opened Parn's CPA firm. In Ukiah, Dickey became her firm manager, and trail blazer as Mr. Mom, primary caretaker. He was a devoted father throughout their childhood, acting as an assistant swimming coach, swim club board member and computer expert, accompanying his children on most field trips, attending almost all sports events, while assisting Pam through her many years of soccer coach and board member. David Dickey - a man of honor, tested under fire, successful in business, tremendous parent - a man willing to give of his skills to lead Mendocino County into the 21st century. A vote for David will bring a hardworking intelligent family man to the Board. Don Rones Sr. Ukiah Check out the IN MOTION classifieds for all the best automotive deals! Cheap can often be expensive. Pamum Redi-Mix 462-5251 Remember! 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