Traverse City Record-Eagle

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December 3, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 12/03/2013

Competition beneficial

Whether or not you avoid the subject of dying, it is inevitable. The new policy of Munson Medical Center no longer allowing other hospice patients the use of the hospital is one that will certainly jeopardize end-of-life care for this whole community.

One has to ask oneself, in the free market place, why is Munson Hospice’s competition threatening their existence? Could it be that they have gone from being one of the best hospices to being marginal? In the past several years they have surgically eliminated their experienced professional staff, many of whom, ironically, are working successfully for other hospices. This new policy is a stop-gap measure of their own doing. Competition is beneficial; monopolies are never good for a community and that includes Munson Medical Center and now, regretfully, its declining hospice.

John McIntyre

Traverse City

Bill the owner

One idea that might work for clearing the sidewalks (it was used in Wisconsin where we used to live) is if the property owner does not clear the sidewalks, the city does it and bills the owner; if the bill is unpaid, it goes on the property tax bill.

James Shannahan

Suttons Bay

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