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Letters to the Editor for March 20, 2013


I’m supporting Charlene Chase for OTEC board

Baker City resident Charlene Chase is a candidate for the Oregon Trail Electric Consumers Cooperative board of directors, position No. 9. I have known and admired Mrs. Chase for many years as she has held administrative positions in the field of education. She is very professional and while being goal-oriented, she also is a team player.

Her current experience as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) points out that although being retired, she continues to serve our community. She understands business and would bring her expertise in communications to the board. Also, as a consumer, she would be able to work with citizens on their concerns. Being a “real person,” she is enjoyable to be around.

Some of her goals are as follows:

• Provide economical power for OTECC members

• Engage OTECC’s power supplier to ensure current and future needs are met

• Keep abreast of technology

• Explore OTECC’s role in economic development

• Continue to control and reduce operating costs while providing quality service

• Keep in mind that the board represents the interests of the public

Here is our chance to put a capable, accessible and willing candidate on the OTECC board to replace retiring Peggi Timm, who is the only female member of the board. Please vote for Charlene Chase as a member of the OTECC board of directors.

Bruce Raffety

Baker City

Eastern Oregonians want healthcare changes

There is a letter on my dining room table from my health insurance company, “Prescription Benefit Information.” It says they will not cover my newly prescribed medication for glaucoma. They did say I have the right to request an exception — but did not say it would be honored.

My life was miserable for two years before this new treatment option that is being managed by an Oregon specialist. I am hopeful the exception will be granted.

Tony Radmilovech’s story in The (La Grande) Observer, March 15, “Trying and failing: End ‘fail first’ practices,”) of debilitating pain and his search for a way to control his pain is unfortunately an experience shared by many of us. Tony describes how insurance bureaucrats interfere with the doctor-patient relationship and deny coverage for treatment, even treatment key to managing daily life tasks. He makes plain how insurance companies can actually override physicians’ care decisions. Is this good health care? Who is in control here? Should they be?

The issue of appropriate, quality health care was raised in a recent documentary featured at the Eastern Oregon Film Festival, “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Health Care.” Lines formed outside the theater to see the film that asks “How can we save our badly broken healthcare system?” Crowds stayed after the show to listen to a panel of health care providers and congregated in the lobby and on the sidewalk to sign petitions to the Oregon legislature stating “Healthcare is a human right.” It is obvious that people in Eastern Oregon are concerned and want to learn more.

Members of Oregon Rural Action Health Care Reform Action Team answered questions, distributed information and recruited volunteers. The Eastern Oregon movement to provide excellent, patient/physician-managed health care to every Oregonian is growing daily. It is time for “health care for all” and “‘fail first’ for no one”! Please join us; there is a place for everyone.

Cheryl Simpson-Whitaker

La Grande

Co-chair, ORA Health Care Reform Action Team

 
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