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Detra Duncan will work to get hospital in our part of county


Last updated 10/20/2021 at 9:28am | View PDF

Dear Editor,

I am writing to you as a rural Fountain resident who is endorsing Dr. Detra Duncan for Mayor of Fountain. It is imperative we have her at the helm of our city so we can have faster momentum forward into obtaining a hospital in our hometown. As many of you know, I have been dedicated in the fight against PFAS chemicals in our water systems, getting federal funding for filtering it, and now with our community health study gearing up to start in a few weeks. We are one of the eight locations selected for this long-term health effects study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Control (ATSDR), and a few weeks ago I presented to the National Institute of Sciences about the long-term devastating results of five water contaminations and not a single hospital or specialty clinic in the southern half of El Paso County.

This disparity is a health justice and environmental justice issue. Dr. Detra Duncan will seek out the necessary conversations to build a bridge to health care communities and invite them into a fast-growing population and long-term residents who are desperate for health care providers. On every single encounter I have had with Sharon Thompson and her crew, they have said that a hospital is not necessary in our area because we have Fort Carson. This is false! Regular civilians do not have access to Fort Carson, and with a seven-room ER on the Mesa, we are missing out on collected data of health problems here in our communities. By not having these discussions we are losing out on good paying careers and a healthier community. For example, just north of Academy there are five hospitals with a SIXTH hospital being built even further north.

Dr. Duncan is the wife of a retired Army soldier, and they have a son, and she understands that we need healthcare here. Refusing to have these conversations will only lead to more contaminations, health problems, and unnecessary medical costs for our working families. It is time we have a mayor looking out for all of us instead of keeping a 1980s status quo here. Please vote for Dr. Detra Duncan, because she will also include the needs of rural people living nearby on her agenda, too.

Liz Rosenbaum


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