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December 1, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 12/01/2013

Sky isn’t falling

The Oct. 19 article “Elberta misses deadline” contained as much substance as the ethers. Unfounded statements were made regarding potential intervention by a state emergency manager who “may” swoop in and begin selling off beachfront property, etc. Ridiculous claims are being made by attention-seeking knee jerk alarmists who have no concept of governmental process.

Where is written documentation the state intends to send an emergency manager? Village president Manville claims a deadline was established to solve deficit issues and the council failed to come up with a plan on time. Yet, a letter from the State Treasury Department produced gives the council 90 days to propose a balanced budget. He voted to delay the budget proposal, while claiming the rest of the council is failing to take this seriously. No one has balanced the Elberta budget in years.

This “sky is falling” mentality is contrary to the previous behavior of the village council. Cooler heads must prevail. A cooperative relationship between the village and state is the only way to solve Elberta’s woes. Only when elected officials fail to work within a fixed budget will drastic steps be taken.

Jonathan Kells

Frankfort

 

Plan could backfire

When my beloved father was near the end of his life our family was able to do the research, then choose the hospice providers we felt could offer us the care this amazing person and our family felt would do the best for him and all of us in this most important time in our lives. And Hospice of Michigan far exceeded our expectations from the very beginning of services though continued aftercare. I can’t imagine having to lose those close bonds just because a person in the dying process needed hospitalization.

When I read Munson’s plan to only allow Munson Hospice to offer care inside Munson Medical Center, I had several thoughts. The first was, “I think this is going to backfire on Munson when it comes to fundraising.” The second is, “Wouldn’t it be better if Munson just put its energy into making Munson Hospice better so people would choose that voluntarily, rather than because it was the only choice?”

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