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November 5, 2012

Manor cuts an example of larger trend

Manor cuts an example of larger trend

I was dismayed to find so few townspeople showing up on Oct. 26 to join the lively array of Otsego Manor residents in wheelchairs assembled to protest the decision to sell what they feel is their home.

The most frequent subject of the conversations I overheard could be summed up on this question: Couldn’t the County Board have found other, less-essential, services to cut? I heard Dan Crowell speak of the state’s “unfunded mandates” that left little wiggle room for those looking for things to cut.

All true. But later I found myself wondering how many townspeople present (or absent) at the demonstration ever asked themselves the deeper question: How is it that we can no longer afford to take care of our aged or disabled? Why are so many essential human services in our state and nation being reduced or cut entirely? The federal money that used to be shared with our states, which then shared it with our counties and towns, has been drying up.

Have we ever asked ourselves where such an enormous part of our federal tax money is going? Do we imagine that someone in outer space has been paying for the all too many years of wars, the first of which we let our last president lie us into?

 And now during the long years of unwinnable war in Afghanistan, how often do we ask what it is doing for us — or for them? Is it worth the human costs on both sides? Those billions it costs yearly could go a very long way to meeting the vital human needs over there and right here — including those in our beautiful Otsego Manor.

Hilda M. Wilcox


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