I was very happy to read that the United Medical Center board voted to keep Veritas on as the operator of the hospital on a temporary basis [“UMC Board Votes to Temporarily Keep Veritas,” by Tatyana Hopkins]. I agree with board chair LaRuby May that the hospital had a lot of problems before Veritas took over. The D.C. Council is taking a knee-jerk reaction to incidents that could happen at any hospital. If they are really concerned about what happens at the city-run hospital they should give it all of the support it needs. Operating a hospital in Ward 8 with all of its issues, like the lack of heath care and high unemployment, takes a creative approach to providing services, and it is not going to happen in a couple of years.
Native American Story an Eye-Opener
What a fascinating article, “Smithsonian Thrust into Native American Slavery Dispute,” by Stacy M. Brown in the Nov. 23, 2017 edition. This is something I have never, ever heard of: Native Americans owning slaves and fighting for the Confederacy during the Civil War, simply fascinating! This is why I just love reading The Informer. Nowhere else would you find this information, and it is so important for Black people to know and understand this narrative in American history. Once again, Informer, you’ve taught me something very valuable, and I want to thank you for it.