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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Informer’s CBCF Supplement — A Stellar Job

Your Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 46th Annual Legislative Conference insert in the Sept. 8, 2016, edition is very, very impressive. The articles, features and photographs are superb. I just loved the fact that you printed The Constitution of The State of New Columbia. Right on, Washington Informer! Keep doing what you are doing!

Brian Lester, Washington, D.C.

County Needs a High Quality Hospital Now

In the Prince George’s County section of the Washington Informer, the article written by William J. Ford, “Dimensions Submits Modified Application for Largo Hospital Project,” brings up some very interesting statistics: Prince George’s County has the lowest ratio of medical, dental and mental health care providers per 100,000 people compared to the surrounding counties, and Prince George’s County’s ratio dips below the state average in all three categories. In addition, a report found the main problems include cancer, behavioral health, and residents that are at a high risk for heart disease, diabetes or strokes. With all of the medical problems facing Prince George’s County residents you would think a new hospital would be on the fast track, but no, there needs to be a new proposal. Now this is where things get real strange. The new proposal reduces the building amount from $651 million to $543 million, which amounts to 15 beds, and one operating room. With all of the problems facing residents of the county one would think the hospital would need all of the beds it can handle. But the biggest issue is that all of this is causing delays, so now the hospital is not scheduled for completion until 2020, and that’s not definite. Prince George’s County needs a good, high quality hospital and we need it now, not later.

Thomas Collins, Prince George’s County

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