Commissioner Skillern Should Not Abstain From The Erlanger Vote

Monday, March 10, 2014

First, let me say I am a 50-year-old registered voter in Hamilton County and have been since I turned 18. Second, let me also say that I most certainly vote.   

At first I was only appalled by what I read in the Sunday paper in regards to what my county commissioner had to say about his unwillingness to help or even discuss the financial problems at Erlanger Hospital. My disappointment quickly turned to utter disgust the more I read. 

Mr. Skillern was quoted saying he would abstain from all voting and discussion about Erlanger because he had made a $3 million donation to Memorial Hospital. Mr. Skillern, Erlanger hasn't asked you for a personal donation, the voters in your district haven't asked you for a personal donation to Erlanger and the employees of Erlanger haven't asked you for a personal donation to our struggling institution. All I am asking is you do your elected duty and listen to all the discussion and vote the way the majority of your constituents expect you to vote.  

It is most apparent that you have been in your elected office so long that you feel entitled to it. It is my opinion that the time has come for either you to step aside or be voted out of your office as our commissioner. You were not elected to do what you see fit but what your voting constituents tell you to do on their behalf as registered voters and residents of your district. You sir have forgotten who put you there and who can also take it from you, voters.   

Mr. Skillern, I have voted in each election for you to keep your job and now I am asking that you vote on this most important issue so I can keep mine, along with approximately 4,000 other hard working people of Erlanger Hospital. I am also begging the voters in your district to take a stand on your arrogance and your blatant disregard for your constituents well being and the health and future of an institution that means so much to not only our community but the future of coming generations of health care workers and their families, not to mention the thousands of people that rely on this hospital when they need it most.  

It is my most sincere hope that we can stand together as a community and vote in a much needed change for the office that you feel entitled to.       

Kermit Hester
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