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The Minority Speaks – Remember Them

March 25, 2012

A petition with the necessary fifteen percent signatures of the populace has been turned in. The petition will require a special election concerning the issuance of a special bond to cover Stafford County Hospital’s expenses. The minority has spoken.

For any red-blooded American this process should make them sick to their stomach. America was built on the foundation that the majority rules. Yet, this silly process only requires a puny fifteen percent of the populace.

So, the minority has spoken. Remember them.

Remember them when nursing homes close.

Remember them when the Stafford High School closes.

Remember them when Stafford restaurants close.

Remember them when ambulance expenses go up because of volunteer departures.

Remember them you need an ambulance and there are none because volunteers have left.

Remember them when you need medical care and the closest facility is forty minutes away.

Remember them when the population plummets.

Remember them when your taxes skyrocket because there are fewer taxpayers to pay the bill.

Hopefully, somebody will float the hospital a loan to keep it open until the special election so the majority can have the opportunity to speak – and the only damage is the $8,000 expense of the special election.

The minority has spoken. Remember them. And thank them often.

* I will get a copy of the petition signatures and post the names of them immediately afterwards.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    March 26, 2012 12:40 pm

    Too bad YOU don’t have all the facts about the petition… Stay tuned…

    • March 26, 2012 1:34 pm

      I understand the frustrations of people concerning the poor management of the hospital. That cannot continue. But, running the risk of losing the only hospital is very short sighted. The goal should be to correct the problems, but keep the hospital.

      Why couldn’t the issue of whether to close it or keep it open be put on the next election for the total population to decide?

  2. Anonymous permalink
    March 26, 2012 12:42 pm

    Sure wish you would have had all the facts before you posted this…

    • Anonymous permalink
      March 26, 2012 6:39 pm

      I’m curious as to what facts you are referreing to. The fact that the petition didn’t pass? I’m curious because your comment seems a little rude and if the petition would have passed everything he said would have been quite factual so, just wondering…what facts?

      • March 26, 2012 7:21 pm

        I never read the petition and therefore never referred to what it said. The only thing that concerned me was that 5% of the registered voters could basically close Stafford County’s only hospital. I have no problem with the majority of the populace making that decision, just not a paltry few. And, you can argue from a chicken and egg concept – which was the first to cause the hospital problems – but the bottom line is the petition ran the risk of being the final dagger in the heart of the hospital’s survival.

        People should be angry about how things happened in the past. But, what’s done is done. The important thing is to not make the same mistakes and to not make a bad thing worse.

        Everyone is entitled to their viewpoint and the right to speak that viewpoint. That’s one of the great things about being an American.

  3. March 26, 2012 3:59 pm

    Thank you, Steve, for keeping your readers informed. I think the signers of the petition should be proud for everyone to know who they are. Perhaps the writers of the anonymous comments could explain the facts they don’t believe you have…………and sign their name so you and your readers could thank them for this additional information. Brenda Minnis

    • March 26, 2012 4:28 pm

      I did get some things wrong on this post. I have the tendency to react quick instead of slow – I suppose it’s my emergency background. It works good in that field, but not so good sometimes in the journalism world.

      I believe that having Todd Taylor at the helm with the Pratt connection will make the difference.

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