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Letters to the Editor

October 16, 2012

Help heroes
save the Manor

Help heroes

save the Manor

There are many unsung heroes at the Manor. Many of them have dedicated their lives to ease the pain and suffering of friends and family members in the last days of their golden years. I am proud to say my wife, Terry Spencer, is one of those unsung heroes.

My wife has given many years of dedicated service to the county and the residents on the dementia unit of the Manor that she calls family. I don’t know how many times she has asked me to drive her to work in the middle of a snowstorm, or when she was not feeling well. Why? Because of her dedication to her family.

She is not alone. There are many employees that have given their all to the county and the Manor and deserve a lot of credit for a job well-done.

The selling of the Manor will not only affect the 265 employees, it will affect the whole county. A private company will come in. It will lower the wages and eliminate benefits to increase the profit margin. After the new owners sign on, the county board has little or no control.

This will create a domino effect on the local economy. There will be foreclosures due to decreased in wages, and people will leave the area for better-paying jobs. This will affect the local businesses. Employees won’t have the money to shop at the mall, eat at the local family restaurants, buy that new car, pay their school and property taxes — the list goes on.

The best thing the county board could do right now is find a way to hold on. There are ways to save money if you really want to! Support the Manor — contact your senator, congressman, county rep! You can make a difference!

Dale Spencer


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