HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
LECTURE – 6 p.m. Learn about “Xenophobia and silent racism in Europe: Its impact on migrants and refugees and their human rights” with Dr. Alessandra Viviani, University of Siena, Italy. In particular she address impact on human rights of migrant, refugee children in school. Free, open to public. Waterfront Room, Hunt College Union, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-3183 or visit bulletin.oneonta.edu/2018/08/28/lawyer-human-rights-activist-to-speak-at-hunt-union/
GARDEN CLUB – 7 p.m. Learn tips & tricks to prepare your garden for the cold season ahead with Tony Antes, Director of Federated Garden Clubs of NY, District VI. Oneonta Federated Garden Club, St. James Episcopal Church 305 Main St., Oneonta. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit oneontagardenclub.com
Editorial, May 25, 2018
Us From Centers?
News that Centers Health Care has raised the private-payer rate at the former county-owned Otsego Manor from $300 to $510 a day – $186,000 a year, the state’s highest – is almost too sad to contemplate.
Gary Koutnik, county board vice chairman and chair of the board’s Human Service Committee, reacted with the standard response: Since the once-excellent facility is privatized, what happens at Centers, nee Focus, is no longer the county board’s business.
That would not be satisfactory, except – given the Balkanized nature of the county board, 14 reps chosen from tiny constituencies – the county board can be non-responsive and get away with it.
Even given that reality, washing their collective 14 sets of hands is not satisfactory.
Within the bowels of county government, someone needs to develop expertise to do what can be done to ensure our elderly’s health needs are being met.
Right now, the only oversight at Centers is a volunteer family council.
Knowledge is power, and county government needs to assign someone to develop the knowledge to assure the least damage possible is done to the most vulnerable