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I enjoyed caring for all your medical needs; Story about paying back education help struck a chord; Though civics is not taught much throughout Oregon, it is part of local curriculum

I enjoyed caring for all your medical needs

I came to Prineville 40 years ago hoping to offer outstanding surgical services to Prineville and Madras. I believed then, and continue to believe today, that high quality surgical services can and should be offered in the local hospitals without the need to transfer patients to the larger hospitals.

For many years, I enjoyed working at Pioneer Memorial and Mountain View hospitals, where I could operate and care for patients with like-minded physicians. It takes a medical community to care for folks properly and I am grateful for the physicians, nurses and others who helped provide the best care possible.

Retirement certainly was not on my agenda for 2020. However, when I made the choice not to work and take calls in Redmond and to limit my practice to Prineville and Madras, St. Charles refused to renew my employment contract. Sadly, I am writing to let my patients and the communities of Prineville and Madras know that my last day working will be Feb. 21.

It has been an incredible experience and honor to be part of your lives and I will always cherish the moments we shared. You permitted me to celebrate with you in the most joyful experiences of your lives, whether it was the birth of your child or the news that your cancer was in remission. You also allowed me to share experiences with you where the deepest questions about life and death arose. I look back and my heart is full knowing that your lives were changed because you let me into them. My life was changed as well. You helped me become a better doctor and a better person.

I will miss seeing and caring for you. I appreciate your friendship and loyalty. I wish you all continued good health in the coming years. For everything, I am truly grateful.

Ronald Sproat


Story about paying back education help struck a chord

The article on Jan. 10, "Keeping a Promise," struct a cord with me and my family.

Our dad was the principal mentioned in the story. As I read the story, I wished that Mr. Meadow's experience was a part of our family lore ­— the kid who said he would pay it back. Unfortunately, we can only fill in the blanks.

Dad was a well-respected educator here in Prineville and in Gresham at Centennial High School and then Mt. Hood Community College where he finished his career. He loved his job and we think it showed.

This story is not about him, of course, but instead about Byron Meadows and his incredible commitment he made to Crook County High School. I'm sure he must have left other heroic marks throughout his life as well.

The next hero of this story is the Shelk family and the long history of offering The Ochoco Scholarship. The Ochoco Scholarship was established in 1951 by Ochoco Lumber Company to assist graduates of Crook County High School with their college educations. The longer we live here in Prineville, the more we realize that Prineville is a special place.

Phil Burgess


Though civics is not taught much throughout Oregon, it is part of local curriculum

Thank you for your Jan. 14 front-page report regarding the decline of civics education in Oregon. The article correctly points out that there is no state statute requiring students to study civics in Oregon.

The article raises alarm regarding declining levels of basic knowledge of civic structure and function in Oregon and the United States.

Unfortunately, the article is a reprint of a statewide news item, and therefore it doesn't necessarily reflect the situation on the ground in Crook County. Local taxpayers and parents of local students should know that the Crook County School District still requires and invests in civics education.

In Prineville, we proudly are bucking the trend once again. All seniors are required to take one semester of civics, generally in the senior year, as a condition of graduation.

I believe the entire school board shares the belief that a quality civics education is an important component of a good education, with or without legislative direction.

Scott Cooper


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