Letters to the Editor: Sept. 6, 2023
Letters to the Editor published in the Sept. 6, 2023 issue of the Tomahawk Leader.
You have failed miserably at that task
Regarding the sale of Pine Crest Nursing home:
Much has been and will be said about the Lincoln County Board’s decision to eliminate a voter referendum on the sale of Pine Crest nursing home. A much greater blowback will pursue the potential sale of that 5-star rated facility.
What cannot be said too often is the fact that living, vulnerable human beings are at the mercy of a political body that apparently has lost sight of their responsibility to their constituents.
I suggest that every one of those 13 county board supervisors, who voted down a potential financial remedy to keeping Pine Crest a county-owned facility, go to Pine Crest and personally address each resident who now fears being abandoned and transferred to God knows where. Explain your no vote to them and their families and just what the board’s plans are for, potentially, their last earthly home.
And while you are at it, explain your decision to the rest of us voters. So far, you have failed miserably at that task.
Diana C. Smith
Clifton Allen Larson
Regarding the possible sale of Lincoln County nursing home, I am enclosing from an Aug. 24 City Pages article the following paragraph:
“Marathon County faced a similar dilemma when it considered whether or not to keep its nursing home in the face of mounting financial troubles. The county hired Clifton Allen Larson, which evaluated the nursing home and its finances and gave recommendations in order to turn around the facility’s finances. North Central Health Care staff implemented those strategies and soon the home was operating in the black.”
I am sending a copy of this editorial to Don Friske, Lincoln County Board Chairman. I am asking Mr. Friske to contact Clifton Allen Larson to see if he would be willing to look at our nursing home finances, to see if he thinks they can be similarily turned around.