Closing announcement spurs reaction

Hospital should

meet with area

Editor, OBSERVER:

The recent announcement of the closing of Lake Shore Hospital in Irving has me more than just concerned. As a senior citizen, it very well may mean life or death for me, as well as for many other senior citizens in this community.

Fifty years ago this hospital was built by the people of this community because it was gravely needed and served us well during those fifty years. Now we suddenly learn the hospital is running in the red.

Whose fault is that? Management. If they were running it the way they should this never would have happened. My guess is the debt was all prearranged as an excuse to close it and fool the people. I do not believe any of it.

I have a question. Who are these people who have the power over us that affects all of our lives? Why don’t they talk to us, face-to-face, and explain why this move was necessary and what they are going to do for the people who need this hospital?

Also, I believe this has the smell of Obamacare, but that is another story yet to come.

WILLIAM SKAKAL,

Irving

All within region

affected by facility

Editor, OBSERVER:

I love the headline in a recent OBSERVER “Meeting on Lake Shore Hospital in the works.” Don’t you think this is about “a day late and a dollar short”? The die is cast, it’s set in stone and no matter how much the people of your fine county believe, public and political pressure won’t change a corporate decision. It’s nothing but a pipe dream. People don’t matter any more, money does!

The OBSERVER also asked a poll question if this closing will directly affect you? ARE YOU KIDDING? It will not only affect you, but it will affect me, everyone in Chautauqua County, Western New York, New York state, and the entire country. With the state of the economy this country is in, we can not afford to lose 460 jobs anywhere.

Well I said my piece and stated my opinion – and my opinion and $1 will get you a cup of coffee. I can only say I hope I’m wrong, but I doubt it.

JIM BRADLEY,

Dunkirk

Why can’t Edwards help

save the County Home?

Editor, OBSERVER:

I have a problem with the article last week by Greg Edwards on how the “Home sale can help Lake Shore workers.” (Oct. 26).

Just reading this article brings up a few very important questions.

Why is he not putting as much effort into looking for a solution to keep Lake Shore Hospital open as he is in trying to cram the selling of the county home down everyone’s throat? Instead he is using the Lake Shore Hospital closing as a selling point to better his agenda, which I find repulsive.

If he thinks for one minute these people who are offering to buy the home are going to put a dent in the amount of people being affected by this closure he has to be kidding. These companies can tell you anything they like, it does not mean they will do it.

Second question he mentions a profit to the county of $7 million. I am not an accountant but where does he get that figure from? The Home is estimated at a much higher value than the $16 million selling price. It’s a steal at that price.

He mentioned the only thing standing in the way of this great opportunity for Lake Shore employees to get jobs at the County Home are the legislators who are opposing the sale to VestraCare. Again he uses the misfortunes of the employees at Lake Shore to push his agenda.

I suggest he get in writing just how many people they will hire from Lake Shore and how they will be used as we all know companies say one thing and do another.

In closing, I urge all citizens to write letters to newspapers, legislators, congressmen, senators, TV stations to make public just what is going on in this area. Someone needs to be held accountable for the mismanagement at Lake Shore Hospital.

We cannot afford to lose this hospital; it is a life and death situation. I hope Mr. Edwards shows as much zeal in fighting to keep Lake Shore open as he does in trying to sell the County Home.

JAMES R LISA,

Silver Creek