Letters to the Editor

November 3, 2011

By Contributor

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Support Gordon Bisset on Nov. 8

For four years (2002-2005), Gordon Bisset was an outstanding Newcastle City Councilman.

And fortunately for us, he will again be a Newcastle City Councilman on Nov. 8.

I urge Newcastle’s voters to support Gordon, as he is a man who really cares about the city.

As president of Hazelwood Community Association, his leadership spearheaded a neighborhood improvement at Donegal Park with the Gene Porter Memorial Barbecue.

As a concerned citizen, he regularly attends City Council and Parks Commission meetings, adding to his vast knowledge about how the city functions.

All of Gordon’s hard work and discerning expertise are what the city needs in these tough economic times.

Diane Lewis, vice chairwoman

Newcastle Parks Commission

Save our hospital and its services — vote for Mary Alice Heuschel

Valley Medical Center is at a turning point. There are those who would change the hospital’s status from public to private. And there are those who would cancel its new alliance with UW Medical.

Under its public status, Valley has grown to a large regional hospital with national recognition. Its alliance with UW will provide enhanced medical skills, research and services that benefit the entire Valley Medical region.

Mary Alice Heuschel is running for the vacant seat on the Hospital Commission. She is strongly committed to keeping the hospital’s public status and implementing the alliance with UW to its full potential. Look for Mary Alice on your ballot under “Public Hospital No. 1.”

You may know Mary Alice as the superintendent of schools in Renton. This year, she was selected as the Superintendent of the Year in Washington for her work in that position, and was further recognized as one of the top four superintendents in the entire United States.

Mary Alice will bring tremendous skills to the position of hospital commissioner, including personnel skills, cost control and managing large budgets. Collectively, these executive management skills are the essence of the position. Medical skills are not needed, and in fact could be construed as a conflict of interest.

Mary Alice is dedicated to education, but believes there must be a strong link between education and health if we are to achieve the best of both worlds. She is the only candidate who can establish that link.

Vote for Mary Alice. She will serve you well.

Jean Garber

Newcastle

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