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Letters to the Editor for Nov. 1, 2012 | Beware of Bob : Hospital costs covered : 'No' on hospital tax

IN YOUR OPINION

Ocala, FL - November 1, 2012
Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 7:43 p.m.

Beware of Bob

You may have received a telephone robo message from Bob, that obnoxious-sounding guy from Tallahassee representing Save Our Constitution Now — that is, if you didn’t do what many people are doing and hang up on him.

Old Bob is a lobbyist and former Tallahassee politician. Bob continues to spread misinformation about the Munroe Regional Medical Center bond issue. Heck, Bob isn’t even giving us his real name.

What Bob is trying to sell us is that even if the bond issue passes, Munroe will still be leased/sold to a for-profit and it would get the proceeds from the bond issue. The truth, after speaking with a number of trustees, Munroe board members and their attorneys, is the probability of that happening is zero.

Ten of the 13 hospital board members would have to agree to cancel the current 10-year lease, reverse the will of the people after the election and lease/sell to a for-profit organization. As a former board member, I know the 13 dedicated, unpaid volunteers who represent the citizen-owners of Munroe.

I can conclude with much certainty it is not at all likely that any of them would propose overturning the will of the people. They did not vote to put the bond issue on the ballot with the intent of double-crossing the voters. The voters’ decision on Nov. 6 will be honored.

Bob just continues to spew his untruths and downright lies. I suggest you join the masses and hang up when you hear Bob start his good-old boy routine. Better yet, vote “Yes For Bonds” to send a signal to Bob and his Tallahassee lobbyist cronies that we don’t need them in Marion County.

Stan Hanson
Ocala

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Hospital costs covered

There sure has been a lot said about the proposed hospital tax. After all is said and done, I’ve come to my own conclusion and will vote accordingly.

What I perceive is that the powers that be that are for the tax say we need it because of all the indigent care they deliver. With all those non-paying customers, I can see why you would need an infusion of cash.

But wait, now that Obamacare is the law of the land and we are all forced to buy health insurance, there won’t be anymore non-paying customers. So why is it you still need the money?

Hopefully it will not be from my pocket.

Victor Rochette
Dunnellon

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‘No’ on hospital tax

Like many other Marion Countians, I believe Munroe Regional Medical Center is a great hospital. I was born at Munroe in 1938. So were my children and grandchildren. My family and I have been patients at Munroe and it is our hospital of choice.

But taxes to pay for a bond issue are not a permanent fix for Munroe.

Marion County property owners have enough taxes now and this bond issue will only help temporarily for the hospital. Trustees should consider one of the offers to lease the hospital that will keep the hospital efficient and profitable and increase the property tax base to the county and show a profit from the rent without raising taxes.

Vote no on the hospital tax on Nov. 6.

Richard Barber
Ocala

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