Letters to the Editor

Letters from Nov. 17, 2007

Feedback: Scott Lindquist has my family’s trust

December 2006, my husband and I attended a Kitsap County Health District-coordinated public forum that addressed concerns about influenza (flu) and how best to prepare for a possible global flu outbreak (pandemic). My husband and I were most impressed by Kitsap County Health District Director and Health Officer Scott Lindquist during the Q&A, in how he in a straight-forward manner conveyed the reality of such a possible occurrence in our community without in any way minimizing the grave seriousness and possible impact in such a level-headed, grounded and informative manner that focused on how to be as best prepared for it and ways to protect and prepare family members, ourselves and even our businesses, that instead of being frightened, we left feeling informed and empowered.

Scott Lindquist has my family’s complete trust, respect and confidence as Kitsap County Health District Director and Health Officer. We appreciate him and consider him to be a most valuable, straightforward, honest and important resource and authority to this community.

When Scott Lindquist was quoted (CK Reporter, Nov. 10, “Drug-resistent Staph infection reported at three CK schools”), “Nobody calls it the superbug but the media” I did not have the impression that he was trying to place any blame anywhere but instead was informing the public that this term did not originate from the medical community much less the Center for Disease Control.

While I am concerned about MRSA being in our community, I am not frightened. I now feel informed and educated about it and I am confident that if the status changes in any way for the worst in this matter, Scott Lindquist will be the first to tell us and what we can do about it.

It is fortunate that the Central Kitsap Reporter printed this article informing us of MRSA at CK schools and of their proactive actions and the very informative interview with our Kitsap County Health District Director that included preventative measures and methods to better protect ourselves.

To our Kitsap County Health District Director, Scott Lindquist, thank you for putting this concerning topic we are now facing into proper perspective and preventing mass panic and hysteria in our community.

FRAN LAWRENCE

Bremerton

Does the mall really need the space?

It is very surprising to hear that Kitsap Mall needed more space (CK Reporter, Nov. 14, “Goodwill donation center searching for new home”) Does this mean there will be no more car lot sales because the mall needs the space? Car lot sales and the Goodwill center shared that space and the mall didn’t have a problem for parking. I really don’t understand Kitsap Mall’s answer. Living here for some many years and seeing many holidays, who in their right mind will park in that corner of the lot, then walk to the mall? People will drive around looking for a space. Plus, most people will drop stuff off then shop. Now they won’t come there to shop because of too many trips. In my opinion this is a sad move on the mall’s part. Where is their community support?

WALTER ANDERSON

Silverdale

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