Letters to the Editor

“Bionic” Jim agrees, HOI is the Best of the Best

Some years ago I was an early patient of Hoag Orthopedic Institute, at their new hospital on Sand Canyon, in Irvine. My hip was replaced by the best “hip man” in the country (in my opinion), Robert Gorab.

A year later Bob replaced my other hip. The experience in both cases, at HOI, was fantastic. One night in the hospital, up walking just hours after the surgery, and a very fast recovery in both cases. 

Last year my knee was replaced by one of Dr. Gorab’s partners, Steve Barnett. Steve was so skilled that I actually had the replacement in the morning and went home that night! 

Finally, earlier this year, I had a pretty serious surgery, in which both a Laminectomy was done to relieve stenosis of the spine and at the same time, three discs in my lower back were fused. A tough one. Fourteen days in the hospital learning how to walk again. This surgery was performed at HOI by the incredible Dr. Jon White, a back specialist. 

So now I set off every alarm the TSA can imagine. But this team of surgeons at HOI are indeed the Best of the Best and I will be forever grateful for their efforts and their support.

Jim Donnell

Newport Beach

Why are we closing down everything when only a few are the problem?

Sacramento is shutting down counties. They should be shutting down cities and not the counties. Look at the cases in the OC, 278 of the 379 new cases are in five cities. By my count 39 relatively safe cities are being shut down because of these five. 

I commute between my homes in Riverside County and Orange County. I could give you the same type of statistics for Riverside County. A relative few cities and farming areas account for a Purple designation for Riverside County. People’s lives and businesses are being ruined over general statistics. 

Let’s not harm the citizens and businesses of non-hot spots anymore! I have not personally checked this, but I was informed that the state of New York and the city of New York did the same analysis and opened areas of NYC by Zip Code. We should do the same.

Stewart Thomson

Newport Beach

Governor and other legislators should do better

Sorry, but I won’t be modeling my behavior this Thanksgiving after Governor Hypocrite and the legislators who traveled to Hawaii on a likely-paid-for political junket. 

Apparently while I am limited to three households, to the outside (except for visits to inside frequently sanitized restrooms), to eating from single server disposable dishes, to no more than two hours, and to collecting the names and addresses of those attending, it’s OK for Mr. Newsom to eat, drink, and be merry with a dozen pals at Yountville’s French Laundry; and it’s fine for boondoggling politicos to eat, drink, and be merry at a Maui resort while lobbying with the Independent Voter Project.

Do as I say, not as I do – that’s the message from the privileged and powerful. 

Role models they ain’t, hypocrites they are.

Shame on you, Mr. Newsom and shame on those electeds in the midst of a pandemic surge.

Paul Watkins

Newport Beach