Future voters coming together to take action

My name is Clarice Linskey, I am a high school student that is passionate about climate change.

Climate change causes extreme heat waves, unprecedented weather patterns, increased frequency and intensity of devastating forest fires, drought, flooding and rising sea levels. Not only does it affect the health and preservation of biodiversity on Earth, but also the safety of human societies. Real people have already lost their homes, their livelihoods, even their lives to the consequences of climate change. Modern youth, including myself, fear how many more have to lose everything to climate change in our lifetimes and beyond. This is why we advocate for change. We want corporations to understand that they are accelerating these detrimental effects. We want politicians from all levels of government to hear us and take action.

As future voters, Flagstaff youth are coming together to take action. On Sept. 7, Elders Climate Action is hosting a Town Hall meeting for all citizens to discuss climate change from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., followed by a Youth Climate Leadership Summit from 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. in which youth will come together and collaborate on ideas on how to advocate for change. These will both take place in the Coconino High School small auditorium. On Sept. 20, many Flagstaff schools are participating in the Global Climate Strike. Some schools plan to have a brief walk out during the school day while many other students will miss school to participate in the community-wide strike at City Hall from 10 a.m.- noon.



Disturbed by FMC’s actions

I consider the 8/27 Daily Sun article concerning the raid by FMC on the surgeons of the Northern Arizona Orthopedic group to be deeply disturbing.

My wife and are both professionals who have come to very much appreciate, over the last 10 years, the consistently effective, caring service we were provided by our surgeons from that group. Their expertise has made it possible for us to continue to live healthy, active lives.

What I found so very disturbing was the spurious claim of supposedly improved service to the community as the result of FMC’s actions. If the hospital had truly been interested in improving and strengthening available orthopedic services for our community, it is obvious that its administrators would have gone outside Flagstaff to hire additional, highly qualified orthopedic surgeons.


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Region boasts strong rural health program

Rural America needs more physicians. The Daily Sun’s article this past week, (“To boost workforce, med schools sell rural life,” Associated Press, Aug. 24) fails to mention the outstanding programs that exists right here at home.

The University of Arizona Medical School’s Rural Health Professions Program has been exposing their medical students to rural medicine for years. Once enrolled in the RHPP, students have the opportunity to rotate to the Winslow Indian Health Care Center, Flagstaff Medical Center, Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation and other rural facilities throughout our state. They are exposed to everything from surgery to family medicine. Local physicians are credentialed as Associate Professors of the U of A. We teach them how much different rural medicine is compared to the urban variety.

At the graduate level, at the Department of Surgery at the Banner University Medical Centers in Tucson and Phoenix, surgical residents have the opportunity to experience life as a rural surgeon. Residents rotate to the same facilities in Flagstaff, Tuba City and Winslow to work with general surgeons. They come to appreciate the high level of care we provide and the diversity of procedures that are performed.

I applaud the spotlight that the Daily Sun has put on the need for doctors in remote, less populated areas of our country. Highlighting the efforts by local physicians and surgeons in northeastern Arizona to teach in-state medical students allows our community to understand our commitment to quality and continuity.

Personally, I have already seen the fruits of my labor. The very first medical student I taught as part of the surgical RHPP in 2010 joined the WIHCC as a family physician when she finished her residency. She is an excellent physician and has been here three years with no intention of leaving.

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I am very proud of the University of Arizona Medical School and the Surgery Programs in Phoenix and Tucson. They are committed to rural medicine. I am confident they will continue to succeed in their goal of encouraging physicians and surgeons to practice at rural sites.



Kudos to those who built Tuthill’s bike course

Traipsing through Tuthill Park one morning brought me to the bicycle course off the main parking lot and next to the ropes course. Since I hadn’t been to the park in awhile, I wanted to get a look at what’s been happening with all the clearing work that’s been going on, and was quite surprised to see how much has been done to the bike course.

To use the adjective of choice these days, it’s awesome. The first thing I noticed was the unsightly weeds are gone, but what really got my attention is the course has a professionally sculpted, and challenging, look to it. Then meandering, rising and falling through much of it are slatted wood tracks. Very cool.

Kudos to all who made the Tuthill Park bicycle course possible.



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