I am confused.

A new State-Of-The-Art hospital will be built on a concrete slab?

There will be no basement or subbasement because of the concern for potential flooding?

This is another red flag indicating building the hospital downtown is not a prudent decision.

I was told there is a flood plain in that area and if they don’t hit a place where Utica shale is found, it would compromise the stability of the building.

How many red flags must there be before the sense of the planners in this fiasco will have ignition of that proverbial light-bulb?

It was mentioned to me last night that it is impossible to beat this powerful cabal.

Only, this person did not use the word cabal; he called it the Mafia.

I guess he saw a vowel at the end of many of the power names in this issue: Cuomo, Brindisi, Picente, Griffo, Palmeri, Durso and drew an old conclusion.

This shocked and offended me slightly.  I did not respond to his comment. No harm, no foul.

I don’t know if this person realizes that I am a first generation American of Italian heritage.

I guess, if the people of Oneida County have not seen it important enough to stand up and be counted, anything is possible by any group in power.

When asked what kind of government America is going to have Ben Franklin said, “A democracy if the people can keep it.”

A power decision such as this downtown hospital fiasco does nothing to preserve democracy or civility in our community.

When a group in power thwart the will of the people and make power decisions that the people have to eventually pay for with higher taxes, democracy takes a hit in the gut.

“Demos” meaning people, is the Greek origin of the first part of the word Democracy, and “Cracy” means a form of government.  Therefore, Democracy is a government of, by and for the people.

Ah, now you know where the saying – a government of the people, by the people, for the people (in Lincoln’s address) comes from. It follows with “shall not perish from the earth.”

(“. . .that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”).

Well, shall not perish if people have their rightful privilege to be involved in the decision-making process.

It was told to me that an e-mail post from Albany to Oneida County, early on in this process, referred to a need to quickly get this project going before “the idiots find out about it.” I am assuming that the idiots are those who were opposed to the downtown location and in favor of Champlin Ave.

Hillary Clinton called all conservatives “Deplorables” and now these folks, allegedly, called us idiots. At age 85, I am finding out who I am – I am a “Deplorable Idiot.” I don’t accept that moniker and challenge anyone to a one-on-one debate of the hospital issue. Perhaps, the Phoenix “Hot Seat” show can offer radio air-time for this proposal.

In 1924 when the fate of the bed of the defunct Erie Canal was being debated, a referendum was finally permitted and a subsequent compromise was reached by the two opposing sides. Those were the days when the alleged Mafia and machine politics were supposed to be in full bloom in this state. One might believe there was honor among thieves “back-in-the-day.” One might think today’s sneaky political methods make the heyday of machine politics pale in comparison.

It is difficult to remain humble and subservient when one reaches a seat of power. A true servant of the people who was elected to public office by the people would govern for the people. So often, in reality, this is not the way we witness our government folks behaving.

This is certainly the case with the new hospital location issue. It is sad that something so good has fractured democracy and divided the community with much rancor and hatred. Let us disagree about where the new hospital ought to be built, but let us not be egregiously disagreeable in the meantime.

I keep thinking, there are millions of people who have no healthcare. Heck, many millions don’t even have potable water to drink. God blessed us living in America, land of plenty, and we owe a modicum of respect for this privilege. One sure way of showing a gratitude for our status of American citizens is to be truthful – and respectful of each other.

Lockwood Law


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