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Letters To The Editor

April 1, 2013

Letters to the Editor: April 1, 2013

Donation appreciated

TO THE EDITOR: The Ellenburg Lady Cats Traveling Basketball Team, coached by Kelley Gilmore and Dennis LaBarge, received a generous donation of $500 from the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association union at Clinton Correctional Facility.

The money was used to help with tournament expenses and to purchase new uniforms for the team.

Thank you, NYSCOPBA.

KELLEY GILMORE

Ellenburg

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Merger criticized

TO THE EDITOR: Our Franklin County legislators need to put a stop to the Alice Hyde/Franklin County Nursing Home merger before it is too late.

The significant higher taxes due to the $10 million the county is required to give Alice Hyde, the jobs that will be lost and especially the number of beds that are going to be lost in Franklin County are reasons more than sufficient to stop the merger from going ahead.

In light of our County Nursing Home operating at a loss in the past, our legislators were right to look for possible solutions. However, our Nursing Home has not operated at a loss for the last two years, and they need no longer exists.

Franklin County Nursing Home was built to assure Franklin County residents a bed in the county when they needed one. With the merger, there will be more than one-third (20) fewer skilled-care nursing-home beds.

Alice Hyde, which operates as a business, will accept much higher paying private payees first. With many fewer beds, unless you are one of the lucky people that can afford to pay nearly $100,000 a year for a bed, you will be forced to go out of county.

Whether we merge should be based on what is best for the future of Franklin County residents and taxpayers, not what’s best for Alice Hyde’s future.

The financial cost to taxpayers and the devastation to us and our families are far too great a price to allow the merger to go ahead. Call you legislators and tell them you do not want the merger to go through.

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