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Opinion

February 9, 2013

Time for residents to hear the truth

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I can't speak for others, but I know the nurses, EMTs and CNAs did the very best they could and put the detainees first. There is only so much one person can humanly accomplish.

I sincerely hope lessons are learned from this unfortunate incident. I learned the people you trust aren't always trustworthy, but I will continue to believe in people. I learned you should talk to all people involved in a situation before making important decisions that affect a lot of people's lives. I also learned that basing county finances on a historically non-revenue producing entity is devastating.

What saddens me is the adversarial relationship the County Board, and just recently, the command staff, has had with the medical department. They forget we are all on the same team. Dr. Parks and I are taxpayers in this county and during his 24-plus and my 16 year tenurer, we have strived to be good stewards of the county's resources, provide non-biased quality healthcare to the detainees, treat others with respect, and maintain our integrity. I wish I could say the same for those we have worked with.

Michelle Burwell

Jefferson County

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