To the Valley News:
My husband has been a resident at Horace Nye for the past year, and I am impressed with the quality of care he is receiving under the present system, i.e. not for profit.
The staff are always friendly, compassionate and caring, doing all in their power to provide the residents with activities and excursions, as well as attending to their physical and nutritional needs.
Now, due to the expenses incurred and the lack of governmental support in providing sufficient tax revenue to help keep up the facility, the county is considering selling it.
To quote the Rev. Chilton Mac Pheeters, as expressed in a recent article: "We have a social contract to love our neighbor."
Like it or not, we all get sick and old, and maintaining quality nursing homes should be a priority.
I, for one, resent seeing a huge amount of my tax dollars paid out as school tax, a system my children graduated from decades ago.
I feel that when one reaches 65 that he should have the option of redirecting this tax to the support of elder care and nursing homes rather than helping buy new astro turf for the football/soccer field or whatever else the school budget dictates.
"Been there; done that." Now it is time to support Horace Nye.