Doctors’ pay was modest at best
I am writing about the “You Write the Caption” cartoon depicting physicians as swine, the universal symbol for filth and greed.
I am retired as administrator of a three-physician family practice clinic. In that role, one of my duties was to keep the books, and at the end of each month, after all the bills and employees were paid, I divided what was left among the docs.
By any standard, that pay was modest.
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The primary reasons for the low pay are first, delivery of medical care is the only enterprise I know where the principles do not set their prices.
Oh, they can set their price at any level they choose, but they are paid at a level that is determined by various third parties – Medicare, Medicaid, Labor and Industries.
The other is the huge malpractice insurance premiums that help support our litigation industry.
I have worked in many fields and I have never known anyone who worked so hard, for so little as those family practice docs. They did it because of their love of medicine and the desire to provide good care for their patients. To see The Olympian take such a cheap shot is truly disheartening.
Disheartening, but not surprising. It fits well into the current liberal crusade of demonizing the medical field and speaks to class envy, one of the pillars of current economic policy.
Gary Combs, Tumwater
More big government is not the answer
Whoever voted for Barack Obama for president must have got up on the wrong side of the bed that day and sleepwalked to the polls and voted – I know that way of voting is passé now that we vote by mail.
Fifty-three percent put him in office, and now our nightmare has begun. I’m sure myself, my children and their children will be unbearably taxed to pay this $5 trillion expenditure that I am sure will never ever be paid off. We will all be working for big government under the socialist program that the liberals have prayed for. I am sure they are all jumping for joy now. This was planned since President Roosevelt got into office.
With this letter, I have expressed some of the fear that I have. It’s frightening to see what were once private businesses – car makers, etc. – are being taken over by big government. I am sure government can do a better job of managing them.
Frank D. Bates, Tumwater
Cities should share pools with schools
I’m responding to an editorial about the Heritage Park fountain that needs to shut down daily to address water quality because of overuse by the public.
The end of the article referred to the many area efforts to build public pools that have failed. And, with the current financial and job situation, it is unlikely a new effort would be successful.
Instead, I suggest that the cities of Olympia, Tumwater and Lacey work with local school districts to develop a plan to provide more public access to the pools the high schools already have.
They could develop a plan that would help satisfy the cities’ need to provide pools as a community service and at the same time help the schools maintain their pools! Rather than a rental fee reimbursement relationship, I’m suggesting a full partnership, with total operational costs and use sharing.
All the school districts are experiencing big state-level budget cuts. Without funding help soon, the districts may not be able to continue even basic pool support levels and public access.
Already at the North Thurston district, it has been suggested that one or all three pools be closed. Closures would not only affect P.E. and sports, but might end the current public swim offerings by Lacey Parks.
The cities should look at a partnership with the school districts as a serious and more cost effective alternative than for any of them to try to fund, independently or as a group, a new municipal water park!
Jim Stanton, Lacey
Breathe new life into old brewery
How long has the Olympia Brewery been sitting there empty?
We have a cash cow in the backyard and it’s just sitting there rotting away.
When I look at the brewery, jobs and revenue are what I see – homelessness ended, gone from the community.
You mean to tell me that this famous brewery can’t be famous again?
Come on fellow Olympians, let’s put our heads and resources together and get this brewery going again before it rots and falls down.
If not, let’s tear it down and plant trees.
If you think it needs a German name to focus attention on the quality of the beer, just use my name “Shoffner Beer.”
Let’s be great again.
Ernie Shoffner, Olympia
Greeners should be allowed to dance
Some months back when I heard that Super Saturday would be no more, I wondered if there would be a groundswell of protest.
There was not even a whimper.
I will miss Super Saturday but more so I will miss the right those graduates of The Evergreen State College had to celebrate in their own unique way.
Super Saturday was a totally unique, decades-long Bacchanalia that is now gone. Somehow college students not being allowed to party because capitalism has turned sour seems cowardly.
Now I know that Evergreen has always been the oft-ignored stepchild of Olympia, but Super Saturday was that chance for the parents to come see what all the fuss was about.
That celebration however wacky, has sent off graduates to do great things for decades with the idea that their university celebrated it all – just a little differently – that no matter what life brings you, you don’t forget to dance.
I mean life may not be what we all expected, but at least we can dance.
I beseech Greeners, old and new, to fight for their right to party.
Brian Cobb, Tumwater