Tahlequah Daily Press

Letters to editor

May 19, 2014

Kudos to health department

TAHLEQUAH — Editor, Daily Press:

I saw the picture and story of the Cherokee County Health Department named County Health Department of the Year by peers, Oklahoma State Department of Health – on the back page!

First, that should have been front-page, major headline news!

They are the first line of defense in the public health and safety of our citizens and quite obviously assume the duties and responsibilities of their positions far in excess of mere expectations of their respective job descriptions. I, for one, celebrate and admire their dedication and commitment. To be honored by one’s peer group is the greatest achievement and recognition.

Second, for the current regime in power in state government to even consider not fully funding all functions of our public health departments is an affront to all citizens and creates, again, a situation in which the next public health threat will happen and everyone will point their fingers at the County Health Department, not the real culprits.

Third, for the regime in state government to make sure the corporations and super-rich steal from the treasury for their gain against the public interest in health and safety is inexcusable. To use a biological analogy, all parasites eventually kill their host.

So, I celebrate and congratulate all of our county health department public servants. They have ensured that we have the best.

I request a “day of honor” proclamation by the county commissioners; the city of Tahlequah; the Cherokee Nation; and, most important, all citizens of Cherokee County.

Charles A. Gourd

Park Hill

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