Measure F Is Good for SoHum, Says Property Owner and Former Resident
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As a former resident of Redway who still owns property there, I cannot vote for Measure F though I will have to continue to pay the parcel tax if it passes. I really hope the majority of voters down there have the sense to pass it. Yes, I have to pay your tax. The amount of the tax is insignificant compared to the drop in my property’s value should the hospital close.
I may not live in Sohum any more, but I am there frequently to hold office hours, attend Board meetings, entertain on KMUD, and visit friends. My connections remain extensive. I want to see the community thrive and diversify its economy through this hard transition.
The Hospital District is probably highest employer second only to the School District. It sustains families in an aging population – which needs local health care. And as someone who has been through the experience of watching my children in pain, the extra 45 minutes to the closest ER would be excruciating to parents, and also in some cases the difference between life and death.
I will say that my experiences with the hospital and clinic have always been positive. I and my family were served well by the District when we lived there, and should I end up in the E.R. during one of my many visits I know I will be in good hands.
Please turn out on June 5 and pass Measure F.
Eric V. Kirk
3551 N Street, Eureka, CA