To the Valley News:
It disturbs me that there is constant reference to how much the Horace Nye Home loses each year, instead of establishing what the county gets for its residents for that amount of money. Is the value there, or not? I believe it is foolish to believe that a publicly run institution will provide equal care. How will they not only avoid the losses, but even make a profit? I think I am reasonably aware of how the nursing home is run, now, and there is not a chunk of “inefficiency” that will be allow for profit and better or equal care. I believe we ought to be proud of having a nursing home, now, that distinguishes itself. If the way to making a profit is basically discarding patients on public support and going to a more lucrative clientele, is that what we want to be remembered for?
Don Austin, PhD