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Editor:

I am very, very sad to learn that Glens Falls Hospital is in dire financial straits, according to your reporting of the statements made by Dianne Shugrue, the hospital’s CEO. The hospital is part of the bedrock of Glens Falls and surrounding communities. I say that because of its history, the services it provides and the employment it provides for residents of the area.

For area residents like myself, the thought of having to go to Saratoga or Albany for medical services routinely provided in Glens Falls is anathema. If this large portion of the Glens Falls bedrock crumbles, it will be tough to maintain the rest. Unfortunately, I don’t see how ordinary citizens like me can do much to help.

I will say that I am disillusioned with the concept of unrestricted capitalism. I don’t see large pharmaceutical companies taking any hit from the country’s current economic situation. And the heads of private insurance companies are not reporting that they are in “dire straits.” In fact, using the example of CVS and Aetna Health, they seem to be teaming up to make even bigger profits. Yet, it’s possible that Glens Falls Hospital could close for lack of funds.

In future I will be voting for government representatives at all levels who value community and the welfare of individuals, while at the same time pursuing major checks on large corporations and monopolies.

Doris Nichols, Argyle

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