The Coastal Post - February, 1996

PIETRO PRATL

Wake up, Phyllis Pfeiffer! (Phyllis is the CEO of the Marin Independent Journal). Some of the boys who work for you need to be reined in now. Most recently there was the editorial bashing Elderhearth, a San Rafael care facility, advising the owners to "Fix it, Elderhearth." Well, you boys winged it! It turned out that they were taken to task in a letter published shortly thereafter because clearly they did not know what they were writing about, even though they were rash enough to ask Elderhearth to open its books. Phyllis, if any care facility needs to open its books and tell all, it's the taxpayer-owned Marin General Hospital. Go for it, Phyllis.

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Driving the clunker over the hill to the populated part of Marin on empty, I arrived at Red Hill Shopping Center and discovered that the new Unocal Station was selling gas at Sonoma County prices. The clunker loved the cheaper treat. I asked, "How come?" Well, Unocal gives new stations gas at lower prices. So the clunker and better cars benefit temporarily.

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We hear that the defunct senator from Oregon, Bob Packwood, opened a lobbying office in Washington, D.C. Ladies, keep away from that place.

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We miss "Honest Pete" which was our moniker for Dr. Peter Eisenberg when he was elected Marin Hospital District director. Pete made a cameo appearance in the letter page of the Pacific Sun January 10 hyping the privatization of Marin General. No word from Pete about how patients fare at that place nowadays. Terrible, we hear, Pete. Drop us a note.