Horrigan does homework on Home

How refreshing! How needed! County Legislator Vince Horrigan (Jan. 6) actually took it upon himself to do necessary background research which provided clarification on the hot issue of whether the Chautauqua County Home should be sold to Mr. William Avi Rothner. Let’s hope Mr. Horrigan’s fellow legislators thanked him for his good service.

Southern Tier TEA Party Patriots supports Mr. Horrigan’s action and conclusion. From his research, any doubts about the past performance of Mr. Rothner of Altitude Health Services are erased.

Sale of the Chautauqua County Home to Rothner appears to be in responsible hands. Why would county taxpayers want to continue subsidizing a Medicare-rated home that ranks at the lowest level – one star?

If Mr. Rothner increased the ratings of several other nursing homes to three and four stars, the chances are excellent that he will do similarly with his purchase of the Chautauqua County Home.

As a group supporting smaller government and lower taxes, the organization suggests that it is incumbent upon county legislators to vote yes and sell the County Home.

Surely, when the county is faced with offsetting losses of $3.3 million this year, the decision is a no-brainer: Sell!

Moreover, according to County Executive Greg Edwards, the following stipulations protect current and future residents of the home: (1) there are provisions requiring a stated number of skilled nursing beds to be available for 10 years; (2) Chautauqua County residents will have preferred admissions; (3) 80 percent of beds will be for county residents.

In an editorial in The Post-Journal of Jamestown (Jan. 6), it was stated that the Chautauqua County Home “still manages to lose nearly $10,000 a day.” The newspaper’s conclusion: “It is time to sell the Chautauqua County Home.”

Our organization’s message, along with that of many county residents: lower our taxes. Legislators, we suggest that the games end. Vote to sell! Sale of the County Home is one step toward reducing burdensome taxes in Chautauqua County.

The Southern Tier TEA Party Patriots article was submitted by member

Deann Nelson, a Jamestown resident.