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Yes, Randy Douglas, as well as the Supervisors of Willsboro, Schroon Lake and Moriah were the only ones to reply to me, and Mr. Douglas did reply each time I corresponded with him.
Yes, emotions are high and on both sides I might add, but I do not believe that we are distorting the facts, so we are probably at a stalemate with many of the Sujpervisors justifying their position and many taxpayers offering a decenting view.
I still stand by my thought that if this Board of Supervisors or those that served before them had put as much energy into solving the cost issues associated with Horace Nye's Deficit, we would not be facing the action they are about to take. This sale remains the easy way out, and whether Mr. Douglas or any other supervisor care to admit it, they are not giving consideration to what they are going to do with all the medicaid eligible senior "baby-boomers" that will need nursing home care in the future and will be turned away by Private Nursing Homes in record number. That is a fact and not a distortion. Are the Supervisors prepared to provide more community services to keep those individuals in their homes? Certainly nothing has been printed in their minutes that they are problem solving along those lines.
And it is too bad that Mr. Douglas takes exception to my suggestion that the Board of Supervisors and the County Manager take a cut in their County Salary, but that is just plain Economics 101. If you are an employee and a major chunk of your responsibilities are removed, don't you think your salary would be reduced. And furthermore, shouldn't the purchase price of the nursing home go back into the County reserve fund that the Supervisors have been whining that they have been spending down to cover the Nursing Home deficit so they didn't have to raise taxes too much in past years? While this government in the United States is undoubtedly one of the best, we also know, that government isn't perfect; and it needs citizens who aren't afraid to speak out. I'm sorry if Mr. Douglas is so sensitive. I'm pretty sensitive too about what is going to happen to my Dad when the Horace Nye Home becomes privatized,
It appears that no matter what the results are in this poll, Emphasisthe Supervisors who want to sell will do so no matter what the people say because they and/or their predecessors haven't done their job in the past and don't want to do it now, They don't want to tackle the earlier recommendations made from the HNH Study to make them happen, they don't want to look at Administration of HNH to see how that can be impacted to make it work, they want a quick fix. "There are none so blind as those will not see" is a quote I recently heard applied to the Essex County Board of Supervisors, and I love its application to them. Some Supervisors even think it is a joking matter. Read the Minutes from Essex Co. Board of Supervisors Ways and Means Committee Meeting of Monday, March 26, 2012. So if they look at it as a joking matter, how will they ever take the results of this poll seriously, but I give this Newspaper credit for putting this poll out to the public for consideration since politicians of the past have taken away our right for a county wide vote by the people. Wait, didn't our forefathers create this government as a government for the people, and by the people." How sadly we have veered away from that.
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