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Life Care owner hopes to stay in business - Journal Advocate

There are 46 comments on the Journal-Advocate story from Oct 5, 2009, titled Life Care owner hopes to stay in business - Journal Advocate. In it, Journal-Advocate reports that:

The Journal-Advocate editorial board of publisher David McClain, editor Forrest Hershberger, news editor Sara Waite and regional editor Judy Debus, sat down this week with Doug Smith, owner of Life Care Medical, to discuss the proposed Logan Emergency Services Authority .

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#1 Oct 6, 2009
Keep Life Care in Business.

Life Care is doing a great job.

Life Care is doing a great job at care for the citzens of Logan County. Life Care is doing the work for way less than LESA is wanting to do. Even if the county would up want it pays Life Care now, Life Care can still do better than LESA.

Keeping going Life Care.
Bombero

Littleton, CO

#2 Oct 6, 2009
If you can get rid of Doug Smith for $1.4 million a year, that is the best deal the citizens of Logan County will ever get! Life Care is a liability to the citizens. You people need to realize how little an authority will cost you in day to day life. I work for one and it provides the best service available. I hope the commissioners are wise enough to not renew Life Care's contract.
I would like Doug to answer the question about his wife's salary and provide the Journal Advocate with a copy of his operational budget from the past three years! Neither will ever happen because he tells you people what he wants and dances around the truth.
Citizens of Logan County take this vote seriously! YOUR LIFE CHOULD DEPEND ON IT and right now that is a scary fact! MY best to the dedicate employees of Life Care. Ambulance!
Something smells funny

Missoula, MT

#3 Oct 7, 2009
I was up in the air on LESA, then I read the post by Bombero. Over stating moelodramatic scare tactics, sounds like the supporters of LESA will stop at nothing to get this thing going. Whats next threats?-----Wait you just did that. My grandfather told me if someone has to keep telling you something walks like a duck and quacks like a duck and its real duck, but it looks and smells like a pile of Bull it's probably a pile of Bull. So Bob Owens and his mary band of manure spreaders will not be getting my vote.
SterTown

Sterling, CO

#4 Oct 7, 2009
Not getting my vote either!
NoLESA

Denver, CO

#5 Oct 8, 2009
I agree with "Something smells funny" and I do think that supporters of LESA will stop at nothing to get their plan in action. It's sad when several people have it out for Doug Smith so bad that they are willing to go as far as put all of the Life Care employees out of jobs, cause dissension with in the fire department, raise sales tax and the list goes on from there...
Is it really necessary to put money into another fire station? Let's look at all of the other things that Sterling should focus on. Maybe we should look at what can be done to put businesses in the empty buildings sitting on Main Street, maybe we should look at bringing new industry to town to create more jobs, maybe we should listen to Doug and help him make his business better rather than trying to bury him.
Bombero

Littleton, CO

#6 Oct 8, 2009
As usual, scared of change! I have nothing to do with LESA or Mr. Owens, actually don't care if an authority is formed or another service goes to Sterling. It is time to get rid of Doug Smith and his wasteful spending. No skin of my backside, you people have to deal with the mess. Smart communities, like the one I live in and most others, gather around a winning idea not one that has been problematic for over a decade. Give Doug more money and he will piss it away as he has done for years. Fall for the "small buisness" line again, no such thing when you are dealing with human life. Don't be scared folks! Change is good and a few extra pennies out of your pocket is not a big deal. Then again, you can leave your head buried in the sand. Kinda seems like the norm!
Concerned

Cedar City, UT

#7 Oct 8, 2009
Everyone keeps saying it is only a "few" pennies. But if I buy a new vehicle it will cost me an extra $1500 on a $30,000 car because of their "little" tax. My monthly grocery shopping trip to Wal-Mar to Sun-Mart of $400 will be an extra $20. Plus, I am also going to have give the city more money for my water. I don't think that it's a good idea with economy the way it is to make us pay more to county & city all at the same time.

VOTE NO FOR LESA!!
Either Way

United States

#8 Oct 8, 2009
Concerned wrote:
Everyone keeps saying it is only a "few" pennies. But if I buy a new vehicle it will cost me an extra $1500 on a $30,000 car because of their "little" tax. My monthly grocery shopping trip to Wal-Mar to Sun-Mart of $400 will be an extra $20. Plus, I am also going to have give the city more money for my water. I don't think that it's a good idea with economy the way it is to make us pay more to county & city all at the same time.
VOTE NO FOR LESA!!
Either way you look at it, ambulance care in Logan County is going to get more expensive. Doug wants at least $400,000, where do you think that money is going to come from....yep the taxpayers. The only real question is do you want Doug and Life Care to provide that care? I believe it is time for a change.
Witch Hunt

Missoula, MT

#9 Oct 8, 2009
Bombero wrote:
As usual, scared of change! I have nothing to do with LESA or Mr. Owens, actually don't care if an authority is formed or another service goes to Sterling. It is time to get rid of Doug Smith and his wasteful spending. No skin of my backside, you people have to deal with the mess. Smart communities, like the one I live in and most others, gather around a winning idea not one that has been problematic for over a decade. Give Doug more money and he will **** it away as he has done for years. Fall for the "small buisness" line again, no such thing when you are dealing with human life. Don't be scared folks! Change is good and a few extra pennies out of your pocket is not a big deal. Then again, you can leave your head buried in the sand. Kinda seems like the norm!
First of all what concerne is it of yours what Sterling does. Just because you have some hidden agenda to witch hunt a local employer. Why dont you concerne yourself with your homeless crack heads roming the lovely streets of springs, or should I say toilet. Last time I was in the Springs it was nothing to brag about. Oh and at least my heads in the you should pull yours out of you know where cause it smells like the manure you are spreading.
Bombero

Littleton, CO

#10 Oct 8, 2009
Witch Hunt wrote:
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First of all what concerne is it of yours what Sterling does. Just because you have some hidden agenda to witch hunt a local employer. Why dont you concerne yourself with your homeless crack heads roming the lovely streets of springs, or should I say toilet. Last time I was in the Springs it was nothing to brag about. Oh and at least my heads in the you should pull yours out of you know where cause it smells like the manure you are spreading.
Hidden agenda?? To repeat myself.....don't care if it is an authority or another private service to take over as long as there is change. I hardly call him an employer, which would mean people were getting appropriate paychecks if any. As for the Springs it is nothing to brag about, BUT it has an excellent emergency response system! Just so you know Witch, you have your fair share of crack heads and distributors as well, so crawl out from under your rock before you sling your manure. You can root for Doug all you want, that is your right, but I know MY family in Logan County deserves much better than what they are getting now. Don't pay Doug Smith another penny to provide over priced services until he can provide budgets and budget breakdowns for the last three years. Again, my thoughts are with LCA employees and the hope of a brighter future!
SterTown

Sterling, CO

#11 Oct 9, 2009
Colo Springs = AMR a private ambulance
correction

United States

#12 Oct 9, 2009
Concerned wrote:
Everyone keeps saying it is only a "few" pennies. But if I buy a new vehicle it will cost me an extra $1500 on a $30,000 car because of their "little" tax. My monthly grocery shopping trip to Wal-Mar to Sun-Mart of $400 will be an extra $20. Plus, I am also going to have give the city more money for my water. I don't think that it's a good idea with economy the way it is to make us pay more to county & city all at the same time.
VOTE NO FOR LESA!!
You need to work on your math. The increase in sales tax would be 1/2 of a percent (or .005 of the bill). So your $400 grocery bill would cost you an extra $2 -- you might have to clip a couple extra coupons a month! The $30,000 car would be another $150. Not going to make a big difference in your payments, I don't think.
Wow

Grand Junction, CO

#13 Oct 9, 2009
Concerned wrote:
Everyone keeps saying it is only a "few" pennies. But if I buy a new vehicle it will cost me an extra $1500 on a $30,000 car because of their "little" tax. My monthly grocery shopping trip to Wal-Mar to Sun-Mart of $400 will be an extra $20. Plus, I am also going to have give the city more money for my water. I don't think that it's a good idea with economy the way it is to make us pay more to county & city all at the same time.
VOTE NO FOR LESA!!
$1500 on a 30k car and $20 on a $400 grocery bill?!? Dang, I dont want you doing my books for me. Better get out a calculator next time.

It'd be more like $150 on the car and only $2 on the groceries.

And what cracks me up even more is the number of people who voted and agreed with your comments.
Wow

Grand Junction, CO

#14 Oct 9, 2009
So if Doug says he made over 100k in profit, then how come he still says he owes the city of Sterling around $40,000 for 911 dispatch services? That is a debt that goes back at least 4 years. Thats a pretty creative approach to book keeping. So in reality, not only is the county subsidizing Doug but the city is also and thats not what they barganed for.

Its been a long time since I've seen as many non-answers, half-answers and double talk in one interview. One read and just about anybody can see that he's pulling at straws. How can anybody actually think that he is the best to provide this service?

Somebody said in another blog that the people involved in this are trying to do what is best for all of us. I really believe that is the case.
You deserve it

Sterling, CO

#15 Oct 9, 2009
More taxes that will fix everything. If you people are dumb enough to vote in some lame brain plan like LESA you deserve what you get.
Hobo

Sterling, CO

#16 Oct 9, 2009
WOW: Doug is not the answer, this is obvious by reading his response to several of the questions. He is pulling answers from the air.

However, building another Fire Department, Hiring another 15 people, Government run Health Care (in quasi-semi way), and taxing the people is not the answer either. This is not what Republican's (majority of Logan County) stand for, period.

To me, what it comes down to is the Fire Department's call load does not support another station. Come on' 1500 a year? I worked with a Dept. in the Metro area that handled 1500 a month. How can the tax payers justify paying the salaries, insurance, etc. for additional 15 employees, not to mention the equipment, housing, and training cost.

This is a great plan when Sterling's population rises to 30,000 but not now, not at this time, and not during this economy. Logan County needs to look at AMR or the Thompson Valley Ambulance Service. Keep it private, keep government out of it, and keep some private jobs in Sterling (desperately in need of).

Please respect my views, as I respect yours.
Hobo

Sterling, CO

#17 Oct 9, 2009
An example:

The City of Edina, Mn (pop 45,000) has what Sterling (pop 13,000) is proposing. Notice the population difference. Edina, Mn has 30 paid full time firefighter/EMTS (same as LESA is proposing). The City of Edina has only 2 fire/Emt stations. The City of Edina is fully justified in having two stations and thirty firefighters, there population supports it. STERLING DOES NOT!

At this rate, when Sterling gets up to a pop. of 45,000 (wont happen), LESA will want 4 stations and 90 firefighters/emts.

This example shows how out of touch with reality this LESA deal is. The City does not have the population and does not have the call volume to support this frivolous use of tax payers money.

http://www.cityofedina.com/content/facilities...

Do we need a change from Lifecare, YES!. Do we needed another Fire Department and 15 more people, NO!
DawgPosse

Sterling, CO

#18 Oct 10, 2009
Hey, I got it. Lets combine the Logan County Sheriff's Office and the Sterling Police Department. Then build them a new sub station, hire 15 more cops, give them new cars, and new equipment. Lets raise some more taxes. The Police Department handled some 18,000 calls for service and the Sheriff's Department handled about 10,000 calls for service. Thats a total of 28,000 calls between the two organizations. At least their call load supports it.
Read the annual reports. The number of calls are in each of these organizations yearly yearly reports.
The Fire Department handles 1500 calls a year and they want to double the department? They respond to medicals anyway, right? Do you really need both LifeCare and Fire Department there for a nose bleed or back pain? What is the purpose? Is the Fire Department trying to justify their existence by piggy backing on Medicals? Why does the Fire Department and LifeCare both respond? Does the 1500 call a yr. include medicals? If so, that is really week and further shows we don't need a second Fire Department. What do they (Fire Dept.) do after the medical call is completed? Why can't they just transport patients to the hospital and then call it a day?
SAY NO TO USELESS SPENDING! NO TO BIG GOVERNMENT! SAY NO TO LESA!!!!!!!!!!
SterTown

Sterling, CO

#19 Oct 10, 2009
Posting on these Blogs isn't going to help your cause. Whether you support it or not. Call your Commissioner and tell them your concern. Put a sign in your yard showing your support or opposition. Write an article to the newspaper. Call in to the local radio stations and voice your concern on the air. Mail out fliers. Go door to door. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Most importantly, VOTE on November 3, 2009.
WE WILL PAY

Norfolk, NE

#20 Oct 10, 2009
Yes be sure to vote and VOTE NO on LESA. Its the wrong time, the wrong plan and need more public meetings for input on the plan. Only a few will benefit from this plan and it is not the citizens of Sterling. We will pay and continue to pay for this mistake if it is voted in now. Yes something needs to be done but lets do it right the first time and have some public meetings and decide what is right for our community.

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