Northwest NEWS

May 10, 1999

Editorial

Voters did not foresee that Evergreen would become a Taj Mahal

   Has Evergreen Hospital matured beyond its need for taxpayer support? Recent publicity about the $600,000 or so paid annually to its director, and resulting unfavorable bang-for-the-buck comparisons to Overlake and Valley General hospitals, would so indicate.

   Evergreen was voted into existence by a sparsely-settled population with no hospital nearer than Bellevue, other than Group Health which was practically in Bellevue. Voters saw the need for a nearby hospital and voted accordingly.

   However, voters did not intend or foresee that Evergreen would turn into the Taj Mahal of hospitals, competing with both private business and government to become all things to all people.

   Is there a method by which we can vote out our public taxpayer support, just as we voted it into existence in the first place?

Maxine Keesling, Woodinville