Yes, we need Kadlec and KGH. Competition is the essence of our free market society and economy. Competition delivers improved care at a lower cost. Any entity having a monopoly on health care in the Tri-Cities would lead to reduced choice at a higher cost. Would we rather have physicians leave the community when they become dissatisfied with a hospital or have the choice of switching hospitals and keeping their important skills in the Tri-Cities?
-- MICHAEL CLOUTIER, Kennewick