TRMC Tells All

HCCA/Tulare Regional Medical Center does not agree with the survey report that has garnered the majority of the real estate in today’s Visalia Times-Delta/Tulare Advance-Register.  However, the hospital did offer a plan of correction to that report because it is always seeking to improve its procedures and practices and that plan has been fully accepted […]

MacDonald: “I would not hesitate for myself or my family to have surgery at Tulare’s hospital”

This letter is to notify Visalia Times-Delta/Tulare Advance-Register that I deny the statement in the ‘teaser’ video (posted online on June 15, 2017) regarding a CDPH report, because it was taken out of context and inaccurately portrayed. Specifically, the inaccurately displayed and pulled out of context statement reads, “The Operating Room Director had stated for […]

Wish You Were Here

Three months after Al’s loss the prevailing mood remains bleak. While we “celebrated” the Kid’s graduation, things like birthdays and holidays are as dog meat–served cold, and with the fur still attached. Nobody in this squad is much in the mood for festivities of any description. And then–with Teddy visiting for the graduation–the black topic […]

How the Chief Is Revealed As A Genius

One thing the Chief and I have learned over the last few years is this legal gem: If you are the Defendant in a civil lawsuit the Plaintiff can play merry hell with your life. If you’re not overly concerned with the trial’s outcome–because, let’s face it: as the Plaintiff you can drop the proceedings […]

The Resistance Begins At Home

We came home from the wars–that is to say Cabo San Lucas–in 1999, after a sojourn there of five years. But in Lemon Cove, where we landed, my battles with Nature continued. You might even say the front expanded–to 96 acres. We moved in to an ancient, tatterdemalion farm house in a citrus grove owned […]

In Which We Encounter the Creature

Actually, I encountered the Creature alone. I used “we” in the header as I’m bringing everyone who reads this into the mystery. No one else in the family ever saw it, and they all doubted my sanity first for a lack of evidence and, second, because I could only ever describe it as a creature. […]

The Dreaded Chicken Foot

I had intended to write about winning. Specifically how the Orange Horror averred, before his election, that we’d all get so sick of winning our heads would spin. But I could use a bit of levity just now, and give it slightly less than even money that sometime in the near future the Orange might […]

Lies are just that… lies

The people who post anonymously on social media behind the façade of the inappropriately-named “Citizens for Hospital Accountability” abuse our First Amendment right by spreading lies and misinformation to harass and defame good people. Stop and think about what is happening with Tulare’s public hospital.  The political circus that has erupted from the escapades of […]