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Letters to the editor, Oct. 31, 2012 | Money well spent

IN YOUR OPINION

Ocala, FL - October 31, 2012

Published on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 6:30 a.m.

Money well spent

There is no place for an outside organization to be telling Marion Countians how to vote on the Munroe Regional Medical Center’s proposed 1-mill property levy.

The Tallahassee-based Save Our Constitution Now is doing just that in telling voters to reject the millage increase on the Nov. 6 ballot. This, in turn, will result in losing local control of the community’s most prized and valuable asset as it is leased or sold to a national for-profit hospital chain.

Make no mistake, the main mission of chain-operated hospitals is to return a profit to their investors. Admittedly, there may be instances when the quality of health care does not decline, but for the most part financial goals are the primary mission.

A dangerous precedent could be set if voters go along with the outside organization’s current campaign. The door then the will be open to other outside groups to become involved in electing public officeholders and other local issues facing voters.

Marion County voters are capable of making their own decisions on local issues without guidance from outsiders. They should decidedly demonstrate that by rejecting efforts by the Save Our Constitution group.

Both the Star-Banner Oct. 28 editorial and Paul Ferguson, a longtime follower of local issues, had highly informative objectives in Sunday’s paper. Both the editorial and Ferguson, in an opinion column, urged support of the five-year millage increase that will cost the average property owner about $6 a month.

Money on maintaining Munroe’s top-rated health care and retaining it as a public function entity owned by the people of Marion County is definitely money well spent.

Bernard Watts
Ocala




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