Letters to the Editor December 3, 2008

By Bill Rozak / The Union Democrat

Unpaid bills

To the Editor:

I read with ongoing concern the article regarding the county's reluctance to pour more money into the Groveland Physical Therapy Clinic. It will reportedly cost the county $25,000 to keep it open an extra two months.

Supervisor Teri Murrison and Sheriff Jim Mele asked the provider if she would be willing to take on a $25,000 loan to keep it open for those two months and were surprised that she was reluctant to do so. Why should she?

Maybe if the county billed insurance companies for treatments that have been provided, it wouldn't be looking for money.

I was a patient there last year and had 24 visits. My insurance has never been billed, despite my inquiries. I also told this to my supervisor, who stated, "I'm not surprised, the county's billing is terrible." Obviously he didn't do anything about it. I sent an e-mail to Craig Pedro, and to this date have never received a response.

So, maybe if someone would go back and check outstanding billing for services, that $25,000 would be a moot point, and a willing provider could come in, without a large loan over her head.

Maybe this is just one small example of why this county is in the budget mess that exists, and why Tuolumne General Hospital failed - an inability to collect payments in a timely and efficient manner.

So, before you punish the Groveland taxpayers by closing a needed facility, someone had better fix this system, because it is certainly broken.

Leanna Mattea

Groveland

What about third party?

To the editor:

The news media and election officials have failed to give proper attention to an important aspect of our electoral process, the third party vote.

Why?

The number-one problem in Washington, and probably in many states, is corruption in the legislative branches and their affiliated lobbying organizations.

No chief executive has the power to overcome this influence. Our only hope is the third party vote.

We don't need a winning margin, only to increase the third party vote to 30 percent and rising.

If we can accomplish that, our major parties will take notice and begin to clean house.

So, from now on, don't waste your vote on a worthless winner. Turn a sure loser into a powerful threat.

Tell this to 10 other people and tell each of them to do the same.

Jerome B. Williams

Twain Harte

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