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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

HCCA Statement Re: CDPH Survey/Report

A hospital spokesperson addressed this response in response to a request for comment from a Voice reporter. In the interest of ensuring we are able to represent all sides, we are publishing the full comment from HCCA. This is in response to your recent e-mail requesting a statement from the Hospital regarding the California Department of Public […]

Death and Taxes

Here’s a finger in the eye of the Universe: It’s possible to find humor anywhere–even in an ICU. Unless you’re the patient. For those of us who are merely visitors, transported in a spoon to the bedside of our loved one, the experience remains harrowing. When I was a kid we used to have a […]