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County Cuts

September 22, 1996

"Patients Protest Planned Hospital Cuts" (Sept. 10), on Rancho Los Amigos, clearly shows the relationship between county politicians and corporate American interests. Why can't county officials be honest and tell us taxpayers the true meaning of "downsizing" and "privatization."

Downsizing means mass firings (not layoffs) and privatization means selling facilities to their corporate cronies for nickels on the dollar. Downsizing means many dedicated health care workers will lose their jobs. Privatization means taxpayers and the less fortunate, who built these facilities, will have to pay more, get less, wait longer and get shut out so that corporate America, who would run it, could "stay competitive." All of us taxpayers know that means to feed corporate greed. Give us all a break from these sly buzzwords.

JOHN CONNER

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