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Viewpoint - January 25, 2012

Letter: Vendetta against Jack Hickey unwarranted

The Almanac is perhaps the premier venue for debate in the South Peninsula, and diverse opinions on city planning and high-speed rail have been, for the most part, argued in guest opinions with courtesy and respect.

How sad, then, that Sequoia Healthcare District board chair Kim Griffin should use this page for a personal vendetta against a fellow board member.

While many do not agree with Jack Hickey's libertarian viewpoints, or perhaps what he has said in other discussions, his guest opinion arguments on the redundancy of the district are nonetheless thoughtful and reflect concern for us, the taxpayers. The "sarcasm" Ms. Griffin reads into his words (which she apparently was given in advance to write her own) are in her own, visibly angry eyes.

Ms. Griffin should be free to defend a bureaucracy she represents, but her arguments should stand on their own. I hope her diatribe does not reflect her performance as a board chairperson of a taxpayer-funded agency, redundant or not.

Henry Riggs, Callie Lane, Menlo Park


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Posted by Warren Gibson
a resident of another community
on Jan 26, 2012 at 9:52 am

Jack Hickey has staged a tireless fight to end a District that long ago lost its reason for existence, if it ever had one. Having sold its hospital many years ago, its sole remaining function is to hand out tax loot to favored groups, covering itself with glory in the process. Disgusting. The District should be abolished.

Warren Gibson

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Posted by Maria Rutenburg
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Jack Hickey is a tireless servant of public interests. The article he posted is well researched and right on point. Ms.Griffin's arguments are not convincing and plain offensive. Moreover, most of them are directed at Mr.Hickey personally and not at his valid points. Sad, Ms.Griffin, I expected more of a district chair. One more reason to abolish that wasteful district.

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Posted by Matt Grocott
a resident of another community
on Jan 26, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Henry Riggs is correct in his evaluation of matters as they pertain to Mr. Hickey, and especially in his role as a member of the Sequoia Healthcare District board. Readers should remember that if it were not for Mr. Hickey's input, the Sequoia Hospital might very well be located on the mudflats of the bay instead of remaining where it is on the bedrock hillside of western Redwood City. How Ms. Griffin has chosen to portray Mr. Hickey by her comments in the paper are truly unfortunate.

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Posted by Vince Boston
a resident of another community
on Jan 27, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Dissent and opposing arguments are baked into the American way of life. So is majority rule. Chairman Kim Griffin of the Health District has a 3/4 majority. All she has to do is listen to Hickey, call for a Board vote, and then blow him away 3 votes to 1.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 30, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Vince Boston may have "stepped over the line" but I ask readers to view his LTE to the San Mateo Daily Journal: Web Link: Dissent good for democracy&eddate=11/04/2011 02:58:00

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 31, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Menlo Voter is a registered user.

I don't think Vince stepped over the line. I think he hit the nail on the head.