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Representation lacked in County Home vote

January 26, 2013

Editor’s note: This editorial appeared in The Post-Journal of Jamestown on Friday....

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Jan-26-13 8:33 AM

"...It's painfully clear all three Democratic legislators simply turned a deaf ear to the majority of their constituents who, time and again, told them to sell..."

Please tell us how you came to this conclusion.

Once again, the OBSERVER prints what IT thinks is best, w/o providing any tangible proof to support such allegations.

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Jan-26-13 9:10 AM

Proof of allegations.....Cornell made her blubbering crying decision based on her grandmother being a resident. The other one said the contract came up too fast. Neither one said anything about Avi was good or bad or the deal was good or bad. Pretty convincing for me as proof.

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Jan-26-13 9:12 AM

The PJ came to this conclussion because Cornell and Whitney publically stated that their constituents overwhelmingly want the home sold, but the legislators are privy to greater information that tells them the voters are wrong in their wishes.

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Jan-26-13 9:36 AM

this "commentary" just proves that so many people have no clue about the residents at the home. Many of these residents vote and should be considered constituents as well!! Jamestown has many wonderful long term care facilities and they are non-profit facilities so for them to say sell the Home because somebody for profit can make it better doesn't make for a very good argument on their part. The County Exec talks about how generous, people of this area are. Really? I'm finding that harder and harder to believe more and more each day when I read articles such as this or peoples comments on this site. This is no longer an area to be proud of when all everyone does is complain how the sick and elderly in our own backyard are a burden.

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Jan-26-13 9:41 AM

Wow!.Talk about being biased.This editorial from the Jamestown Post Journal proves one thing true,this County is divided North and South,how sad.It doesnt surprise me the Observer printed this article,because we all know what position it has concerning the County Home.

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Jan-26-13 10:14 AM

Typical, typical, typical from the gaggle of church lady geese -- better known as the boards of both the OBSERVER and PJ -- "either you vote the way we want or your shirking your responsibilities...". "You're either with us or against us" mentality is ignorance itself.

The plain, solid irrefutable fact is that despite all the tedious conversation about the sale of the home, the evidence was insufficient to carry the vote to do so -- period. Whatever drove the minority is their business as to how they execute their position -- that is the beauty of the political system.

Cornell should have recused herself because of her grandmother...nuts. No, pathetic. Whether it was her family, a net door neighbor or a stranger she's never met, she believes in the public service the home provides -- whether you agree or not.

The home didnt sell, because you couldnt sell the idea. deal with it and go pout somewhere else.

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Jan-26-13 10:19 AM

what puzzles me is that Duff did not commit either way,being as out spoken as he has been on issues in the past,again what's up with that?anyone wonder why he has not made a public statement on the vote?

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Jan-26-13 4:42 PM

If those of you pro-CCH people had ever worked at the Home then you'd definitely back selling it. Do you understand how privatizing that place would improve care. Do you know what really happens at CCH?

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Jan-26-13 5:16 PM

wastelanddweller you sound like a past employee who has an ax to grind.

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Jan-26-13 6:56 PM

wastelander: if you can prove what you're implying, become a whistle-blower and stop it immediately, otherwise, you're just as guilty for being aware of it and doing nothing about it.

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Jan-26-13 10:03 PM

plain and simple .....3 democrats holding to their doctrine .....cave to the unions that leach off the taxpayer!

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Jan-27-13 4:08 AM

Republicans put profits first. Democrats put people first. People are far, far more important.

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Jan-27-13 7:36 AM

Maybe they bothered to read the report that we as taxpayers paid for. The report clearly states that we are being misled about the real cost of this Home. That with the IGT funding the HOME operates a SURPLUS. It also made several suggestions for cutting costs and increasing revenues. How many of those have been implemented? Oh that is right, Edwards wanted a vote to sell before any of them could be sufficiently reviewed and determined if they are feasible. So why did we pay for this study in the first place?

Just heard that a local person was willing, at his own cost, to connect the gas well. How much money might that generate each year?

I am so Proud of my local legislator who had the courage to vote NO to the sale. He too listened to the many people in his district, most of us against the sale.

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Jan-27-13 8:49 AM

judeye:"Just heard that a local person was willing, at his own cost, to connect the gas well. How much money might that generate each year?".According to the transcript, which is available for everyone to see at the Chautauqua County website,of the meeting this past wednesday,the gas well would cost $119,000 to hook up,but Mr.Cotton of Cotton Drilling offered to do it for nothing.Mr.Edwards never took up this offer.The gas well was put up to help the Home,and to this day it sits there rusting.At the meeting,

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Jan-27-13 8:58 AM

At the meeting Mr.Edwards comments if the Home is not sold after the vote,that"We would take Mr.Cotton up on his offer to hook up the gas well for nothing".I wonder if the "We" refers to will do that.

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Jan-27-13 9:11 AM

Someone mentioned a few days ago,that why doesnt the County Home expand its rehab unit.This makes good sense,because rehab residents costs are covered by their private insurance,not Medicare/Medicaid.Sounds like a no brainer to me.

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Jan-27-13 10:25 AM

MachineHead, the suggestion to expand the ReHab unit (Phys/Occ Therapy) sounds like a good way to increase revenue at CCH, but if it worked and made CCH profitable, it would have an adverse effect on Edwards' efforts to sell CCH. How else can it be explained why he and the legislature have allowed over 3 yrs to pass w/o implementing any of the savings identified in the first CGR?

Instead, they scrapped the gas well plan after spending over $400K! They then approved spending $80,000 on an "updated" report, yet still refuse to follow any of the same suggestions contained in BOTH reports.

Their motive is to try to rectify all the poor decisions they've made to date, and it's costing bucco bucks! It boggles my mind that some people still support such an incompetent group, and that CCH Admin Tim Hellwig is still employed there.

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Jan-27-13 12:12 PM

Captain:I totally agree.The finance director and director of nursing should be replaced too.

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Jan-27-13 1:35 PM

Is it possible that Hellwig would "sing like a bird" if the public demanded his resignation?

I'm NOT accusing Hellwig of any criminal conduct, but an independent investigation is definitely warranted so he can explain why the wasteful spending of taxpayer money occurred, after all, we're talking about A LOT of money, (OVER $400,000 on the abandoned gas well project alone, plus the expenditure for 2 CGR reports, all totalling well OVER $500,000!!!)

Was Hellwig simply following orders from Edwards to abandon the gas well project, and was he told NOT to implement any of the cost-saving measures identified in BOTH reports?

As the CCH Admin, Hellwig should have to answer for this b/c it's OUR money that he, Edwards & the CCLeg are wasting!

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Jan-27-13 4:57 PM

I have heard that Mr.Edwards call thje shots at the County Home.

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Jan-27-13 5:00 PM

How interesting that they failed to mention the four democrats vote for the sale of the home and one republican voted against the sale. Apparently the Post journal editor is as out of touch as the observer's.

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Jan-27-13 5:01 PM

There also is a rumor that Mr.Edwards stopped the progression of the gas well when he found out any money generated by the gas well was going to the Home and not the general fund.

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Jan-27-13 5:47 PM

We need to remember that the agenda for the republicans is to privatize all govt services, no matter what. Which kind of explains why they don't bother looking at or listening to any kind of viable alternatives. Kind of like how they have set up the post office for failure so they can come back and say they are doing a bad job and must be privatized. Similar thing occurred with medical care. Cancel govt support in favor of 'for-profit' medicine and watch medical, drug, and insurance costs go thru the roof.

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Jan-27-13 7:10 PM

Avi's reputation and past history was completely unacceptable (as a potential buyer), yet the incompetent gang in Mayville was willing to sell it to this man (for a questionably low sum), even though they're well aware of his poor record as a nursing home owner/operator? When questioning Avi in front of the full legislature, Barmore really showed no concern about the serious allegations that have been raised. It was almost like: "Sorry I have to ask, but don't worry about it, we'll still try to sell to you." Thank goodness for the 9 who voted NO!

Was an independent appraisal ever done on CCH to arrive at an accurate asking price, and if so, who did it?

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