Here we go again.
About 100 people were laid off from ProMedica. This past June, ProMedica Flower Hospital announced a reduction in ICU beds. Both in November, 2013, and June, 2016, over 1,000 employees received buyout offers.
And yet we are excited with ProMedica buying buildings and moving downtown. They built a new lab and are building a giant new addition to Toledo Hospital. It amazes me that they have so much money for buildings, but not employees.
It seems like they should formally adopt a new slogan: “We invest in buildings, not people.”
Time almost out for Waterville
Waterville residents passed a Community Bill of Rights (Issue 3) by an overwhelming 60-40 percent majority back in November, 2016. The Community Bill of Rights protected residents from hazards like the NEXUS pipeline and its compressor station emissions. During a Jan. 22 council meeting, Waterville Mayor Lori Brodie made a motion to accept a $20,000 settlement from NEXUS to allow the construction of the Nexus pipeline through Waterville. The money was ear-marked for a high-tech air monitoring system. To date nothing has been constructed.
In Medina, Ohio, residents already have done a baseline test for air quality near the NEXUS Wadsworth compressor station. The test cost was $19,500. More tests are likely to follow this year as NEXUS goes online.
Why did Waterville city council settle for only $20,000 when the costs to the community will be multiples of that number? With the 2016 vote, the residents had already expressed their desire to protect their community from toxic emissions, but Waterville’s mayor shirked her responsibility, potentially exposing her town to unreasonable risks.
Ottawa Lake, Mich.
Two full terms for Nixon?
The Blade’s editorial board writes that allowing a special prosecutor or special counsel to negate a presidential election makes us “a banana republic,” which would mean that “the republic is truly dead” (Aug. 24, “Let the people decide”).
If that’s the case, the time of death was 12 p.m. on Aug. 9, 1974. By The Blade’s standard, Richard Nixon should have served his full second term as president because the Watergate special prosecutor had no right to negate an election that Nixon won in a landslide in 1972.
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