Letters to the editor
Fond memories from childhood
To the editor:
Although I am now many miles away from Tonganoxie, growing up there brings back so many fond memories. Today I am fortunate to get The Mirror as a gift from my stepdad who still lives there because I so enjoy reading about things happening "back home."
I believe I write today though for many who grew up there in the '60s and '70s to send my condolences to the Hancock family for the loss of Harriet. Her variety store was the "hangout" for many of us kids that came to her store for a little bag of penny candy, a new model car or just to visit with Harriet for a while. As we look back on those days, she will always be a part of our childhood memories.
Many of you may not remember this because Tonganoxie has grown so much and many new people are now there, but for those of us that do, I hope you will stop for a moment and remember her with a fond smile, like the one she gave to so many of us.
God bless her and her family. I shall remember her always.
Close the infirmary
To the editor:
The recent letter from employees of the county infirmary encouraging more volunteer involvement is nice, but irrelevant to the infirmary's future. The infirmary needs more residents more than it needs volunteers.
According to Leavenworth County's 2000 audit, the infirmary should be:
"Financed and operated in a manner similar to private business enterprises where the stated intent is that the cost of providing goods and services to the general public on a continuing basis be financed or covered primarily through user charges."
Because residency has declined, the county's tax subsidy has increased 111 percent in the last five years, from $476,564 in 1998 to $1,007,652 in 2002. The county's tax subsidy accounted for 18 percent of the infirmary's revenues in 1998. In 2002 the county's tax subsidy will account for 40 percent of the infirmary's expected revenues. The last five years have shown that the infirmary cannot be operated without increased tax subsidies.
It's time to admit that the infirmary is not competitive with private nursing homes and close it.
David A. Greenamyre,
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