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Dr. Jameson's two lobbyists are spinning the story in an inflammatory way to obscure the real issue: A public park is the wrong spot for a free clinic.

Issue #1: Safety. While Dr. Jameson's public position is that her clinic will treat the "working poor," this group says something very different when you ask them one-on-one, which I did at the meeting last week. No source of income will be required to be a patient at her clinic, so long as you live in Nevada and don't qualify for other health care. So they are going to treat the homeless, and they have never privately denied this. Homeless folks need medical care too, and they should be able to get it like everyone else. But when you invite close to 16,000 people a year to enter the park for free medical care, everyone who is in the park is in danger. They are endangered by a few of the clinic's patients who will be very small in numbers, but dangerous nonetheless. While the great majority of people will have no bad motives, or plan to hurt anyone, what about the drug addicts who will sit in the park and wait for their medical appointments? Or the seriously mentally ill who have medical problems and appointments?

What about the pedophiles who will enter the park for care? The clinic is steps away from the swimming pool, which has a see-through fence, and it's close to the playground equipment, which is near the park's unattended restrooms. There are school bus stops on both sides of the park.

Issue #2: Size. The clinic will have 16,000 patients a year. It's too big, both for the park and for the neighborhood. When asked at a meeting last month why not put her clinic near a hospital, Dr. Jameson said "The hospitals don't want us. They are afraid of being overrun." All righty then. So the clinic belongs in the park, in the middle of a neighborhood, so THEY will be overrun?

Issue #3: Notice. How about letting the neighborhood know? Neither Dr. Jameson, nor the County, told the neigborhood about the clinic until last month, although it's apparently been in the works for awhile. There's been no dialogue about parking issues, clinic hours, or security.

Issue #4: Money. Dr. Jameson's group is not a fledgling, start-up, not-for-profit that can't rub two nickles together and needs a County-owned building to survive. The group has collected substantial monies, and it apparently has some generous supporters. It's ready to spend $420,000 to rehab the building. Why not buy their own place? Go up the street from my house. Go around my corner to Tropicana. But save the park. There's a way to get a clinic AND keep the park. But Dr. Jameson won't look anywhere else. There's lots of vacant office space in our neighborhood, and I've been told there are some great deals.Other not-for-profits are paying their rent or have their own buildings. With the means to use two lobbyists, and so much apparent support, why can't this group?

(Suggest removal) 5/17/09 at 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Jameson's lobbyist is spinning the story to be inflammatory. Here's the real issue: A public park is the wrong location for a free clinic.

Issue #1: Safety. While Dr. Jameson's public position is that her clinic will treat the "working poor," this group says something very different when you ask them one-on-one, which I did at the meeting last week. No source of income will be required to be a patient at her clinic, so long as you live in Nevada and don't qualify for other health care.
Homeless folks need medical care too, and they should be able to get it like everyone else. But is a clinic like this right for the park? When you invite close to 16,000 people a year to enter the park for free medical care, everyone who is in the park is in danger. They are endangered by a few of the clinic's patients who will be very small in numbers, but dangerous none the less. While the great majority of people who come to the park for medical treatment will have no bad motives, or plan to hurt anyone, what about seriously mentally ill patients who will come for medical care? What about the drug addicts who will sit in the park and wait for their medical appointments?

What about the pedophiles who will enter the park to obtain medical care? The clinic is steps away from the swimming pool, which has see-through fencing. It's also close to the playground equipment, which is near to the park's unattended restrooms. School bus stops are located on the sidewalks of the park on both the east and west sides.

Issue #2: Size. The clinic is too large, both for the park and for the neighborhood. It's expected to treat about 16,000 patients a year.When asked last month why she wouldn't locate her clinic near a hospital where it belonged, instead of the park, Dr. Jameson said "The hospitals don't want us. They are afraid of being overrun." So the clinic belongs in the park, in the middle of a neighborhood, so they will be overrun?

Issue #3: Notice. How about letting the neighborhood know, and trying to work with us on parking issues, clinic hours, or security? Not once. Neither Dr. Jameson, nor the County, told the neighborhood that a medical clinic was planned for the park until last month,shortly before the County Commission was going to vote on it.

Issue #5: Money. Dr. Jameson's group is not a fledgling, start-up, not-for-profit that can't rub two nickles together to make it.The group has collected substantial monies, and apparently has some generous supporters. Go up the street from my house. Go around my corner to Tropicana. But save the park. There's a way to get a clinic AND keep the park. Instead of using $420,000 to renovate,she could buy a building. I've been told there are some great deals in town now. Other worthy not-for-profits are paying rent. With the means to use lobbyists, and so much apparent support, why not them?

(Suggest removal) 5/17/09 at 11:12 a.m.

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