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PAGE 4 -- THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015 CLOVERDALE REVEILLE CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA ii!!iiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiililiiii !ililiiiiiiiiiililili !!!i !ilililiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiililililililil iii ll E Lii!i !iiiiiiiiiii iiiii;i !iiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiililiiiii!i!iiiililililililiiii A medical bill of rights when it comes to Obamacare, what matters most is what we, as individual patients and consumers do next and not what the U.S. Supreme Court just did. The political debates over this set of massive federal medical and healthcare reforms will continue, but the framework to expand healthcare services to all Americans, regardless of age, income or past illnesses has been guaranteed. We are on our way to a universal healthcare system, just like the tax-based system we use for "free" public education, "entitled" Medicare for seniors and our "toll free" federal interstate highways. How logical is that? How fast we get there is up to us. If we want run- away drug and hospital costs to come to an end, we must demand it. If we don't like private insurance com- panies dictating higher and higher premiums and copays, or charging us $2,000 and $5,000 deductibles, we have to become smarter shoppers. We can win because the laws are now (finally) on our side. But don't think this battle for affordable and more accessible healthcare is over, or winding down. The big for-profit insurance companies and drug manufacturers will not give up their billions in profits anytime soon. Our local doctors, clinics, caregivers, hospitals and pharmacies remain locked in a "fee-for-service," dis- ease-based business model. Today (and yesterday) we only pay when we get sick. The more we get sick, the more profits there are for the healthcare industry. The affirmation of Obamacare's core set of reforms by the U.S. Supreme Court in its King vs. Burwell decision on June 25 also was a vote for "value" healthcare over "volume" healthcare. Deep inside of Obamacare (offi- cially called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) is a Patient's Bill of Rights and a new healthcare business model based on prevention and wellness. It will offer profits for quality healthcare outcomes, healthy lifestyle habits, chronic disease avoidance, fewer hospital stays and elimination of unnecessary tests, pre- scriptions and hidden fees. We are getting close to being halfway there. The Affordable Care Act bill of rights includes: ensuring coverage for people with pre-existing conditions; ensur- ing the right to choose a doctor; ensuring fair treatment of emergency care; making sure policies can't be can- celed unfairly; ending annual and lifetime limits; enhancing access to preventive services; ensuring the right to appeal health plan decisions; ensuring health coverage for young adults; and protections under "grandfathered plans." These are promises that the private for-profit insur- ance companies never wanted us to have - and are stitl fighting. It is up to individual consumers to protect these healthcare rights. Take these actions: Don't pay your bill. Many wellness, prevention and screening procedures are now free under Obamacare. Insist on a detailed list of all charges and refuse to pay for unnecessary or unapproved costs. Hospitals must Rocking and caring Editor: Cloverdale rocks and Cloverdale cares. This town is amazing. What started out two years ago as a little idea to help raise much needed food items for the summer morphed into a full blown community event. The Cloverdale Food Pantry took in over 1,400 pounds of rice and beans, bins and bins of canned items, especially much needed tuna and well over $5,800 to help purchase additional produce and ongoing operations with donations still coming in. While it is impossible to thank every- one here, the pantry and its patrons thank you immensely. We even received donations from those who used to live in the area. A special shout out goes to Gene Marcinkowski and the American Legion for the use of the Veterans Hall and the won- derful people of Cloverdale who came out to bag, sort and par- ty. Please do not forget the Cloverdale Food Pantry. As your gardens produce extra fruit or vegetables, drop them off on Fridays at the Food Pantry. The address is 202 Commercial Street. Volunteers are generally there starting late morning. Non-perishable items can be dropped off at the Clover Springs Lodge or call 396-8383 to arrange a time for larger donations. Financial donations can be sent to Cloverdale Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1038, Cloverdale, CA 95425. MJ Dellaquila and Jean Herschede Co-chairs Christmas in June The Legion and service Editor: In the past week, the American Legion was honored in being invited to participate in two community activities. The first was on July I at Washington School with classes and teach- ers. Legionnaire Daniel Solis spoke to an attentive group of stu- dents, answering many questions during a 30-minute period regarding his days in Vietnam. Many of our Cloverdale resi- dents and visitors saw the three-man flag honor guard that was provided to the annual Lions Club fireworks display on July 4. The current commander, Dick Navone, carried the Sons of the American Legionnaire flag. Woodley Frampton carried the American Legion flag and the American flag was presented by Daniel Solis to start the evening gala display. The Cloverdale Post 293 of the American Legion invites any school or organiza- tion that would like a one, two or three-man color guard to start a celebration or for speakers about military activities as wit- nessed by the speakers, the American flag's history, or just a question and answer period, call Daniel Solis at 894-8952. The only request the American Legion has is sufficient notice before the event to get the required Legionnaire assigned for your event. Don Reed, Cloverdale Pothole remedy Editor: One of the most common complaints your readers have is the potholed state of our roads and what to do about them. Unfortunately, their state is a part of our culture of "Planned Obsolescence," whereby engineers, contractors and union work- ers get paid to patch and rebuild poorly designed roads time after time. I have driven all over France, and almost never did I see a pothole - not even a patched one. When I asked a French engineer why this is so, he replied that if potholes do occur then the contractor has to repair them at his own cost. So, no pot- holes. We just have to bring over French engineers, contractors and workers to redo our system of roads and highways. E.H. Boudreau, Registered Geologist, Sebastopol i;iiiiiiiii:iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii~iiiii~iii~iii~i~ii:~i~i~i~i~i~i!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii il iilii iiiiii iiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiii iiiii iiiiil ! ~~i~~~ ii ! ii Paradise saved By Todd Lejnieks When I went to Ace Hardware in Cloverdale, having moved from Emeryville into the Del Webb Clover Springs community less than a month ago and needing a flashlight to try and find the rattlesnake under my deck, the friendly clerk was more than helpful. He even made sure there were fresh batteries inside. We got to talking and as I left, he said, "Just stay out of the city politics!" Later that day, I got a taste of what he may have been saying when, after a hike behind my hom6, a few residents were gathered on Skyline Street and talking about the "big meeting" the next day. Clay Skelton invited me to attend and, sure enough, I got a full serving of local politics. Nearly 100 Cloverdale residents packed the Del Webb Clover Springs Community Center on June 30 to hear Councilman Palla added, "Originally, there were plans for homes on the land, and now we are implementing a park and trail system called for by this com- munity. We're trying to make it safe and accessible for everybody." Clover Springs, I found out, is a 249- acre parcel at the northwest edge of Cloverdale. In 2007, the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District saved the Clover Springs property from a planned 49- acre subdivision for $7.5 million. I sat with the other residents, relieved at being in the air-conditioned meeting room, away from the 104 degree heat outside. The mood seemed to be "polite boredom." But when the subject turned to the plan for a 10-12- car-parking lot at the entrance to the trailhead, citizens began to speak out, with no one vocally in favor of the parking lot and the majority also speak- ing out against the porta john. Concerns included parking in view of homes, unnecessary costs when there is ample street parking available and that some sort of restroom, as she often bikes from her home on First Street and by the time she is done hiking, has often wished there was a facility of some sort. "I'll give you my address!" offered Skelton. "You can use my bath- room anytime." Democracy in action in Clover Springs. The brouhaha condensed into the question of whether District Conservation Program Manager Misti Arias thought a parking lot was a requirement of the proposal, or an elec- tive component that could be left out. "The grant does not have a require- ment for any of the particular pieces in the plan, it only states what we are willing to fund. And there is no requirement to spend money on any specific aspect of the plan," explained Arias. With that, the protestors and plan- ners agreed to table the parking lot and porta-potty and move forward with the rest of the plan, although Cayler explained that the Environmental stop charging highly inflated prices for a bandage,the city leaders' proposal for the the parking lot will create a nuisance Impact Report might still include the 1 Mak sure our ins ra ce $344,000 Clover Sprm s Open Space aspirin or redundant tests, e Y " U n ~ ~. : ::~ :,r,~ ::! g. area that has to be policed proposed parking lot, should ther~be ~ n ou Preserve proJeCt: 0mP~y pays first. The pay y r fair share: ~ ~,2 ~,~ ];~i .!, ; "1,22 ~ i~. i . ii Cayler did well, to keep the discuSL call for OneM~thefu~re. ~ ' 1 m 1 f m lo T~6~pl~cal~fOrYapg~admgo~ftralls, " "~ Talk to your employer. The class'c ode o e ,p.ry f,~ sion moVirig and f$cllWa~:alt'p'6ii~t~'O~ ~ ~"~ M~tiycO~um~I/es d~n~d"a~:i~,~l~-*~ improved slgnage, doggie clean up bag er2provided group healthcare~M uran~e is berg bib~fi / ~ . . view a fair chance of being expressed, ing lot with a park like this, Cayler dispensers, a water bottle refill dis up. The advent of subsidized insurance in ne~ market- " " - Clay, who invited me to the meeting expounde& But with the particular places like Covered California is offering new competi- tive rates. It's complicated. Employees and employers should educate one another. Support community-based programs. Ultimately, when we have real universal healthcare, we still want our local doctors, clinics and hometown acute care hos- pitals to be here to call our "medical home." These providers already earn more than half their income from Medicare and Medicaid programs. That is the same kind of affordable, quality care we all want, no matter what we end up calling it. But, before we can name it, we have to own it. - Rollie Atkinson penser, a water fountain for dogs and, after my hike the day before, turned layout of this neighborhood, and the most controversially, a parking lot and portable toilet. City Manager Paul Cayler, apparent- ly no stranger to Cloverdale heated dis- cussions, introduced Mayor Bob Cox and Councilman Joe Palla to light applause and described the general nature of the proposed project. "The purpose is to provide hiking and trails to all levels of ability," said Cayler. "It's going to be a natural sur- face trail with a signage system designed to get you into the park and back where you started, safely." out to be a Del Webb Clover Springs residents' concerns, it makes sense to resident and one of the more vocal leave it out. For now, anyway." protestors. Now, I often exit the trail around "With 31 street parking spaces avail- Clay's house, confident that there will able, and only three in front of some- always be a place to take care of busi- one's home, there simply is no need for ness, should there be a need. Mostly this," said Skelton, holding up several though, I just wave hello to Mr. Skelton copies of a Google "Street View" of the and say, "Nice day!" And so far, area. "All that is required is safe entry despite the clerk's warning at Ace and exit. Not a lot or porta potty," he Hardware, my brush with local politics added, to enthusiastic applause, gives me hope that democracy is alive An unnamed Cloverdale resident and wellin Cloverdale. spoke up as a somewhat reticent dis- senter and said she would appreciate - Todd Lejnieks is a Cloverdale resident. THE CLOVERDALE HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1879 Publisher Rollie Atkinson news@sonomawest.com Managing Editor Ray Holley ray@sonomawest.com Reporters Greg Clemen~, Kat Gore, Tony Landucd, Stuart Tiffen Customer service/graphics Dene~ Rebottaro reveille@cloverdalereveflle.com Summer Intern Crystal Stone Legals Eileen Mated legals@sonomawest.com Advertising Cherie Kelsay cherie@hbgtrib.com Bookkeeper Anna Harsh Anna@sonomawest.corn VISIT US ONLINE www.cloverdalereveille.com OFFICE HOURS Monday through Friday 9a.m.to S p.m. 207 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Cloverdale Reveille (119-020 USPS) is published every Thursday by Sonoma West Publishers, Inc at 207 ft. Cloverdale Blvd Cloverdale, CA 95425 (707) 894-3339. Subscriptions: $50 per year, $75 per year out of Sonoma County. Single copy $1. Second Class Periodicals Postage Paid at Cloverdale, CA 95425. Postmaster: Send address changes to Cloverdale Reveille, PO Box 157, Cloverdale CA 95425. Adjudicated a newspaper of general circulation by the Superior Court of the County of Sonoma, State of California, under the date of March 3, 1879, Case No. 36106. COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, July 9 Kiwanis, Star Restaurant 7-8 am CIoverdale Performing Arts Board, Grange Hall 8 am Senior Center, 311 N. Main St 9:30 am - 2:30 pm Rotary Club, Citrus Fair. 12:15 pm Eagle Pride Booster Club, CHS Library 6:30 pm Cloverdale Lions Club, Citrus Fair. 7:30 pm Friday, July 10 Toastmasters, Star Restaurant 7-8am Senior Center, 311 H. Main 9:30 am - 2:30 pm Food Pantry,2nd & Commercial 1-3 pm Monday, July 13 Senior Center, 311 N. Main St 9:30 am - 2:30 am AI-Anon, First Baptist Church,4SO S. Franklin 7:30 pm Tuesday, July 14 Senior Center, 311 N. Main 9:30 am - 2:30 pm Writer's Circle of Druids, Library 1:30 pm Buddhist Sangha, Meditation and Discussion, Senior Center. 6pm Cloverdale Grove Druids, Druids Hall 8 pm Wednesday, July 15 Senior Center, 311 H. 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