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Reader hopeful Bigfork community ‘can come together’
Dear Editor,

The definition of coercion is: the practice of persuading someone to do something by using force or threats.

The last Bigfork Valley Board meeting article I read in the paper had one member of the board asking another if her question was one of coercion. From what I could tell, the member’s question was one of clarification and not of persuading by using force or threats. A page and half later, the consent agenda was still not agreed upon. The dysfunction was palpable.

Healthy tensions within a board are common and constructive. It is a way in which problems can be resolved with the best outcomes while thoroughly vetting any issues that may arise. What I see in this board is not healthy, and frankly I just don’t understand the behavior. I do understand that this is a small community and the past is not easily forgotten, but when it comes to the healthcare of the community and those represented, personal issues must be left outside the meeting room. There is disdain in the room, and it is not at all helpful.

In a continuation of the transparency letter I wrote a few weeks back, I don’t understand why there are so many unanswered questions about the finances that are presented to board members. It seems that for some it is the first time he/she have ever heard of a change that was made in practice by hospital administration regarding financial decisions. How can this be?The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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