[Readers’ forum] We need a new hospital


October 29, 2010 - 12:00 AM

I remember when Allen County Hospital was new, 55 years ago. It is now time to be replaced.
In the early 1950s when I was in high school in Moran, I was in the hospital for a tonsillectomy and the following year, 1954, be-cause of pneumonia. I was not aware then it was a new hospital but did know it was simply swarming with doctors and nurses. In the mid 1950s to early 1960s I had five babies and remember the excellent care we received. There were many doctors and most of them delivered their own pa-tients’ babies.
Allen County Hospital had these that I remember well and you will probably remember many others: Dr. Russell Nevitt, Dr. Gerald Pees, Dr. Eugene Myers, Dr. Robinson, Dr. Schmaus, Dr. DeTar, Dr. Hull, Dr. Carney, Dr. Corpolongo, Dr. Earl Walter, Dr. Lenski and his son, Frank. I am sure I have left out someone who was very important to you and I am sorry about that.
Anytime I or any one of my children had need for the hospital — and there were many times, with broken bones, tonsillectomies, major surgeries, stitches, auto accidents and a spider bite — we all had the very best of care.
ACH does not only take care of those in Allen County, but cares for those from Kincaid, Colony, Lone Elm, Le Roy, Neosho Falls, Yates Center, Bronson and Uniontown. They also will be paying the 1⁄4 cent sales tax on purchases in Allen County.
This brings me to the 1⁄4 cent sales tax. I have lived in Allen County since 1944 and have seen a lot of changes and know a lot of people in Allen County and the surrounding counties, and I don’t know a single person who can’t afford a 1⁄4 cent sales tax increase — if you say you can’t, you are not being honest.
As for the race for county commissioner, Donald Mann said he promised not to serve more than one term if elected. It takes more than one term to learn the ropes. Dick Works has been a commissioner for 20 years and we already have one out there in left field. We don’t need two.
We do need a new hospital. For your sake on Nov. 2 please vote Yes.

Norma Sager- Stahl
Iola, Kan.

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