Beachcomber failed to contact opposition

I can only suspect that other residents in opposition of a hospital district were overlooked as well

On page 3 of the Oct. 24 edition, you stated that The Beachcomber “reached out to residents who oppose the proposed hospital district for comment … but they either were unresponsive or declined to be interviewed.”

You didn’t reach out to me, and I was easy enough to identify — I had a letter opposing the district printed recently in your own newspaper. You already had my email and phone number.

Your statement about the paper’s outreach effort misrepresents my willingness to comment further if asked, and I can only suspect that other residents in opposition were overlooked as well.

As for the $60,000 Protect Vashon Health Care campaign, it appears to me that proponents of the hospital district have plenty of their own money to spend on “the hottest political consultant” available, but not nearly enough of their own money to support the kind of healthcare they’re pushing for me and the rest of the island to fund through property tax increases.

I’ve heard that it takes money to make money. I guess it takes money to take money, too. Subsidizing this special-interest hospital district with everyone’s property tax dollars is just plain wrong.

— John van Amerongen


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