Seniors shouldn't have to change

Seniors shouldn't have to change

It seems unconscionable that seniors in Ashland, whose primary care physician is affiliated with Ashland Community Hospital, may have to change physicians at a vulnerable time of their lives. This may have to happen if the senior values the choice of death with dignity, and Ashland Community Hospital joins with Dignity Health Care.

The Oregon Death with Dignity Act was gained by a hard fight — twice. It is obvious why Dignity Health Care has no other affiliates in Oregon.

Rosemary Maitland

and David Valdick


ACH is handy, but not essential

Religious dogma of any kind has no place in medicine. Isn't it lucky that we have an such excellent, dogma-free medical facility only 10 minutes away?

Make this decision very cautiously, Mr. Marchetti. Our little hospital is handy, but it's not essential.

Christine Jackson


Find a partner other than Dignity

I'm dismayed that our Ashland hospital is considering a merger with Dignity Health (see Sept. 15 DT, "Some are concerned over potential changes to Ashland Community Hospital under Dignity Health").

ACH is considering this partnership in order to stabilize annual losses ($2.5 million last year, according to the article). Through Dignity Health, formerly called Catholic Healthcare West, the Catholic Church seeks to control women's access to health care of their choice, while that same church has not seen fit to control its own priests and bishops who have either perpetrated, condoned or covered up sexual molestation of children.

Our Ashlanders and neighboring residents deserve the right to choose abortion and death with dignity, as allowed under state law. Let's find another partner — others which have been successful in our valley have offered.

Edeltraud Muroki


Council should reject Dignity

The Ashland City Council should reject the takeover of Ashland Community Hospital by the massive Catholic chain known as Dignity.

We had been told that Dignity would not restrict care provided by ACH and its doctors. But now Dignity admits that its board will be deciding life-and-death issues for our families.

Letting the Catholic hierarchy in California do this would not only be a bad moral decision by the City Council. It would also make no sense financially because many patients will now have to look elsewhere for all their care.

Our household in Talent consists of three people in our 60s or older. We have chosen to use ACH and its doctors because of the high quality, personalized care.

But if the Ashland council decides that we can't work with our doctor to control end-of-life decisions as provided by Oregon law, people like us will have no choice but to find doctors in Medford and use Rogue Regional Medical Center.

Matt Witt


Grove editorial missed the point

Saturday's editorial about The Grove missed an important point: that offering services separately to homeless youth and homeless adults is a good idea. In fact, it might be essential to reducing the amount of homelessness in Ashland.

It's easier for homeless people to make their way back into society if they are young and only homeless for a short time, and have not yet decided the streets are their only option. To help young people in this vulnerable but hopeful stage, it is important to maximize the hours they choose to spend with positive role models. At the Grove, Community Works really could provide the kind of environment that would change lives.

There's no reason to tie up the Community Works program waiting until Ashland builds a shelter for adult homeless. That could be a long time. And it's not like there aren't enough homeless of all ages to keep two places busy.

The Grove is underused. The present rent from it is tiny in the scale of the city's budget.

The people who paid for The Grove intended it to be used as a youth center. Let's let Community Works have The Grove so they can honor this purpose by helping more young people get off the street.

Fran Adams