To Those in charge of our needs

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

While read­ing this let­ter to the ed­i­tor, Please give thoughts to the fol­low­ing: Per­haps then fair­ness will come. We are most for­tu­nate in hav­ing a friendly CLSC in our neigh­bour­hood but I do be­lieve some­thing needs to be done re­gard­ing such early vis­its to the clinic for a “fol­low up” with a doc­tor. Re­cently I was told to go to the Clinic for 7 a.m. and to get there by that hour or even be­fore, as only 10 per­sons would be seen. Do­ing so was sup­posed to make me one of the “lucky 10”! At the time I chose not to drive and so a good friend gave up her time to take me there. When we ar­rived, peo­ple were al­ready wait­ing in their cars try­ing to stay warm. Within a few min­utes they left their cars to stand and wait at the en­trance way to the build­ing in the hope they would be one of the “lucky ten”! While wait­ing out in the bit­ter cold oth­ers ar­rived, in­clud­ing young chil­dren. They are there be­cause they need help, not to feel worst. In my opin­ion this is an abom­inable sit­u­a­tion. As well as one that is also un­healthy for all. Farm­ers are more con­sid­er­ate of their an­i­mals! They pro­vide shel­ter. On the hu­mane side: none of us ap­pre­ci­ates be­ing put in the po­si­tion of try­ing to get ahead of our neigh­bour or a child who is not feel­ing well. Also we do not rel­ish the thought of hav­ing to re­turn another time. We tax pay­ers have more to do than that! I make the sug­ges­tion that the CLSC find a rep­utable per­son to open the doors so that peo­ple can go in, take a ticket and have com­fort. Putting our heads to­gether should re­sult in im­prove­ments of this un­ac­cept­able con­di­tion. Let us think pos­i­tively: can we not find a rep­utable per­son on the way to work who could han­dle the key? Or the school jan­i­tor?

Mary Col­well Bachelder

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