Republican women write letters

According to an email I was sent, the following letter was sent to Governor Perry from the Galveston Republican Women concerning the state of UTMB. It’s beneath the fold for your perusal.

30 December 2008
The Honorable Rick Perry, Governor of the State of Texas
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711

Dear Governor Perry:

Please accept this letter from the Galveston Republican Women as both an
expression of our great concern for the future of the University of Texas Medical
Branch at Galveston (UTMB) and our request that you provide the leadership
needed to reverse the decisions that were made by the University of Texas Regents.

Since 1891, this proud institution has cared for the citizens of Texas in the true
spirit of the Hippocratic Oath without regard to their social standing or wealth. It
has cared for the poor, many of whom are either under insured or uninsured
citizens of Texas. These patients were not just citizens of Galveston County, but
citizens from the Rio Grande Valley to the Louisiana and Oklahoma borders.

Unlike many other hospitals and medical schools that turn away non-paying patients,
UTMB took advantage of the medical diversity of this huge patient base and used it
to provide thousands of students, interns and residents with a first class medical
education and thus provided the state of Texas with some of the finest and best
trained doctors in the world.

On September 13, 2008, Galveston and UTMB were severely wounded by
Hurricane IKE. However, that disaster was followed by unconscionable decisions
made by the University of Texas Regents in El Paso and Austin to minimize this
viable institution. The citizens of Galveston County depend on the medical care and
economic impact of those who work, teach and learn at UTMB. Thousands of our
citizens are left without jobs at this time when at least half of those citizens have also
lost their homes.

The Regents’ decisions have:

  • Driven away many of our primary care physicians;
  • Left UTMB medical school students, interns and residents in limbo unsure as
    to where or how they will complete their training, much less how to finance
    that training;
  • Disregarded the number of senior citizens who chose to retire and now live
    here without the medical care that was one of the main reasons that they
    chose to retire on Galveston Island; their justified sense of security has been
  • Has left the petrochemical industry just north of us and on platforms and rigs
    in the Gulf without a Level 1 trauma center;
  • Has hurt our tourist industry, for without a trauma center there is no
    immediate way to care for the inevitable injuries and accidents; and
  • Has eliminated UTMB care as a choice for patients flying in from around the United States, Latin America and Canada;

In short, we believe that the decisions that have been made are wrong and need to
be reversed. Therefore, we urge you to work with the State Legislature to provide
the funds necessary to complete the restoration of UTMB, and with the Regents of
the University of Texas to restore full support of one of the most important medical
facilities in Texas before that facility is lost as both a prime medical education
center and the economic mainstay of both the City and the County of Galveston.

Do not forget that UTMB at Galveston has been – and IS – an extremely valuable
resource to the State of Texas.

We need your leadership to coordinate the participation of office holders, both
Republican and Democrat, to work with UTMB at Galveston as it strives to survive
both Hurricane IKE and the Regents’ decisions concerning UTMB’s future.

Sally H. Prill (Mrs. George C. Prill)
President, Galveston Republican Women

CC Dr. David Callendar, President, UTMB, Galveston
The Regents, University of Texas
The Honorable Lydia Ann Thomas, Mayor of the City of Galveston
The Honorable Jim Yarborough, County . Galveston Commissioners Court
The Honorable Mike Jackson, Texas State Senator, SD 11
The Honorable Joan Huffman, Texas Senator-Elect, SD 17
The Honorable Craig Eiland, Texas State Representative, District 23
The Honorable Larry Taylor, Texas State Representative, District 24
The Honorable John Cornyn, U.S. Senator
The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchinson, U.S. Senator
The Honorable Ron Paul, U.S. Representative, District 14
The Honorable Peter Olson, U.S. Representative-Elect, District 22
The Galveston County Daily News

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3 Responses to Republican women write letters

  1. Ship Channel Liberal says:

    It’s interesting isn’t it? One feels sometimes (or at least I do), even given the clear stake this woman has in the matter by virtue of living in Galveston, that nothing is to be expected of people on the other side of the aisle. That’s in part why I rarely criticize Republicans. Trying to reason with them would imply a respect I don’t have and would serve no purpose.

    Yet as I can see, Democrats have been nearly silent on this matter. Silent, except for the letter Mayor White wrote with Judge Emmett (another Republican.) And that letter was more about making sure that people had acces to care than it was about UTMB itself.

    As I once heard Marvin Zindler say on Channel 13 when talking about the issue of health care for a person he was helping get some treatment–“If you’re poor-You die!”

    That’s true in this case for sure. It sure seems the intent. Yet as I can hardly bring myself to admit the existence of Republicans, I’m reminded here again of a core view of mine that Democrats take the votes of urban voters—poor urban voters—and give nothing in return. The silence of Houston metro-area Democrats on this issue is a clear case of such neglect.

  2. More evidence the republican party has become a bunch of lefty liberals looking for a handout from the government.

    They need to approach their own congressman, Ron Paul, for a handout before looking any further.

  3. Seawall Liberal says:

    John—I bet the majority of folks in Galveston are Democrats or don’t vote. Galveston has 50,000 people–before the storm at least–while Dr. Paul’s House distrct has 600,000 people or whatever. Galveston is not the place that elects Dr. Paul.

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