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Hospital needs to beef up emergency room

Editor:

Hooray to emergency room physician Dr. Rutledge and the Moreys for taking the time and effort to express their opinions on our inadequate and inefficient emergency room.

I speak from many unpleasant experiences at the Verde Valley Medical Center. Being in the medical profession myself, I have never seen or dealt with such an inadequate facility from check-in to discharge.

We the public should not have to fear using our emergency room services. Over the years, it seems with all to the changes there has been little improvement in anything but sizing of the facility. Who needs this kind of treatment in an emergency situation?

I also would like to add that the E.R. should not be a substitute for going to your primary care doctor's office nor it is a place for non-emergency family reunions.

These considerations could benefit us all

G. Dion

Cottonwood

This is a community that truly cares

Editor:

Bert Black VFW Post 7400 and auxiliary want to thank the stores, banks and other business proprietors in Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome, Village of Oak Creek and Sedona who supported our poppy drive.

A big thank you to the community who by their donations showed they care about veterans. To all of the volunteers who braved the cold weather, thank you. Your help was most appreciated. The money collected stays right here in our community to help veterans and their families who may be in need.

Anita Bennett

Loyd Metz

Bert Black VFW Post 7400

Standing on sidelines part of the learning process

Editor:

Playing everyone at Mingus Friday night football is a noble sentiment, but it is based upon emotion.

Most of the junior varsity players are part of the junior squad because the coaches are responsible enough to recognize that some young men are not yet physically, mentally, or emotionally ready. Standing on the sidelines is an important real-life learning experience about attitude, dedication, and teamwork. Some people see high school sports as winning at any cost while other see if as feeling good about doing your best.

They miss the point.

Sports are a chance for each athlete to be his or her best. People don’t learn to succeed by feeling good at any cost. People learn by example. Those sideline players watch their examples and in turn they learn to be examples to those who sit in the stands.

Thank you, Coach Young.

Bill Hickey

Cottonwood

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