An important message from Novant Health
Franklin Medical Center. All operations at Novant Health Franklin Medical Center are now closed.
Novant Health announced on October 7, 2015 it would be closing the Franklin Medical Center on October 17th, Franklin County’s only hospital.
By: Steve Trubilla
Over the years I have attended many Franklin County government meetings. My interest in doing so is varied and has evolved. Once a passive curiosity, my interest has grown to a genuine concern for our community, and more specifically, for our youth.
It is a concern others share. The silent majority will not voice it, the question is why? If you are one of these people you know your reason. Some of the easy answers are: I am too busy, the issues do not affect me, nothing I do will change anything, and/or I simply do not care.
More probable is people realize there is a cost for taking a stand or speaking out. A price too high to pay when one has to pay the bills.There is a price also for putting one's head in the sand. Elected officials and county executives work for you. Even if some of them think differently.
Many are very well paid or are in positions easily exploited for personal gain. They "R-N-The-Know" and they want to keep their jobs. For some reason I am thinking about the recent purchase by the county of the Bull Creek Golf Course; moving on ...
One must find a balance in all of this. Act, but not to the point it costs too much. Our political system, with all of its flaws, allows for this with elections.
If you are one of the fortunate people who has a job, and it is in Franklin County, you are holding on it to by keeping your boss happy.
Good manners teach us to trust those placed in authority, and most of us do. Life's experiences have taught me the true wisdom of President Ronald Reagan's words; "Trust but verify." I have learned this the hard way, and suspect you may have as well.
It is your boss's job to set the pace, provide leadership, and to hold you accountable. Such is the case with your county commissioners. They are empowered by your vote to hold county executives accountable for their job performance. You cannot fire your boss, but you can fire an elected official.
Have you ever visited the Franklin County website?
According to your website, Franklin County provides "Customer-Focused Government," offering high-quality services and affordable taxes for both residents and businesses, and a commitment to responsible fiscal and policy decision-making that promotes long-term economic, social, environmental health and vitality.
Last week, we learned of the 600-pound financial gorilla that has slipped up on our schools. It has been reported that Superintendent Pascal Mubenga said the schools should be seeking an additional $2 million in local operating funds next year. That would translate into a tax increase of about 4.6 cents given today's tax base.
This is not an unknown revelation. The looming calamity has been with us for years. It has been kick the can down the political road. The can is dented, and we are out of road.
Franklin County residents already have the distinction of paying one of the highest property tax rates in the state. Soon we may be number one. Affordable taxes, I guess it depends on what your definition of affordable is.
As for offering high quality services, much of the county does not even have access to high-speed Internet. Business requires quality Internet connectivity. Without it, we are not competitive. Does this sound like improving long-term economic prospects?
Then there is the chronic problem of inflow/overflow of storm water when it rains. This has caused, and continues to cause thousands and thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater to uncontrollably enter river tributaries. This long standing condition also introduces contamination to other vital water sources; environmental health and vitality.
This is another gorilla, and a 1,200 pound one. It is amazing we have not already been fined by the state for this. To be sure it is coming. What new business will knowingly buy into potential EPA problems?
I thought our hospital closed? Well, not according to your Franklin County website. Click on Healthcare to see, "state of the art medical technology, inpatient surgery units, top notch surgeons, physicians and more."
Websites cost thousands of dollars. There are contracts involved. What I have pointed out here is but a snippet of what is out of date and/or a misrepresentation.
When people and business consider Franklin County, the website may will be their first impression.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
After the destruction of the historical records we need a third chance.
So, who is responsible for input and maintaining the website?
Responsibility is at different levels. Accountability is at one level, and that is with your county commissioners.
To those that will try to deflect with, "It's just the website," it is much more.
Someone is not doing their job and no one appears to care. It is a symptom of a much larger problem.
On March 3, early voting will begin. Have you finally heard enough excuses and promises?
The message is clear. It is time for the silent majority to be heard, to change the leadership!
There is an old military saying. Lead, follow, or get out of the way. If they will not, or cannot do the first two, and they have had more than enough time to do so, move them out of the way with your vote.
As for the hospital sorry, yes, that business is closed.