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April 24, 2013

Don't let Manor decision be final

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The Daily Star

---- — Thanks for your April 11 front-page article presenting a fair, thorough history of the Otsego Manor controversy.

If the April 29 public hearing at the Courthouse is anything like the “informational hearings” that have preceded it, we have cause to wonder how useful it will be. 

 The questions from the audience were merely “paraphrased” in a voice scarcely audible, omitting ones apparently deemed inconvenient. Instead of a dialogue that could have permitted a meeting of minds, we were made to feel that we were merely tolerated, allowed a specific number of minutes to speak our piece to deaf ears that had no obligation to address the questions we raised. They had already made up their minds.

I wonder, too, how “representative” our county representatives really are. The 3-1 vote of the tiny Otsego Manor committee to recommend that an local development corporation be created practically guarantees that the Manor will be sold to a private corporation, which by its very nature has as its purpose to make money for itself. What about all those 2,000 signatures on petitions signed by county taxpayers to save the Manor? What about the employees’ union that has repeatedly offered to arbitrate and has received no answer from the board?

Don’t let the three members of the Manor committee decide the fate of those we love whose home is the Manor.

Attend the public hearing on Monday and, by speaking up, convey this message: “The Manor belongs to us! We will show our allegiance to human values and moral responsibility by continuing the quality care our Manor currently offers.”

Hilda Wilcox

Cooperstown