be, but what are the motives? The people of Bradley County do own a facility that is not costing them tax dollars in operating cost. And as it is paying for itself and provides competition to other area heath care facilities, that must be good. It still may be advantageous to sell if improved healthcare is the result and we get a fair price and, we know the proceeds are used wisely. That is the kicker. Is the sale price fair and what are they going to do with the money? I have a hunch that the people of Bradley County are about to get screwed - again. As anyone that has an even minimally functioning cranial cavity can tell you... health care costs have skyrocketed and are likely to continue to rise. But according to the $75 million offer for the hospital, it is worth less than it was worth ten years ago at the time when then county Executive, Donna Hubbard tried to do the deal. It was worth $76 million then and many people in the know thought it was grossly undervalued at that time. And, what will happen to the money once the county asset has been sold. This is where the real rip off could take place. County government will spend it of course - after splitting it with the City of Cleveland it will temporarily solve the greed for more and more money. Yes they may build an overpriced school with it, or a new government building and they are likely to invoke the sacred words "it's for the children" while making their pitch, but we will know it's really their insatiable need to spend more money that is the reason. If I am way off base and the Bradley Memorial Hospital Board and County Mayor D. Gary Davis have only the county's healthcare at heart then let them give the proceeds back whence it came - to the people. That's right, refund the money to the citizens of Bradley County. Lets do the math. There are approximately 100,000 men, women and children residing in the county and even if the hospital is given away for $75 million, that translates into $750 each. For a family of four, $3,000. A retired married couple, $1,500. You get the picture. Presented this way to the citizens of Bradley County, I believe they will get their deal. And yes, there would also need to be full disclosure of all agent and transfer fees so the citizens could be sure that they did in fact receive all of the money. A of course, there should be a county-wide referendum so the voters can decide the outcome. Of course, none of this will happen because it's not your healthcare that is of primary importance, it's the money silly.
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They're at it again.
What is it with the Cleveland Bradley Chamber of Commerce? Has their President and CEO, Jerry Bohannon, taken leave of his senses? Does he really believe the people of Bradley County will trust him to build a sand castle with their money, let alone a multi-million dollar three story entertainment complex in partnership with an out-of-town company? Lets consider his track record for a moment. He, and the Cleveland Bradley Chamber of Commerce are a front for doing the rich and powerful's bidding. The secret membership of the shady Cleveland Associated Industries in close ties with Bohannon's bunch have manipulated government and instigated self-serving schemes the Sicilian Mafia would be proud of. The Cleveland Bradley Chamber of Commerce is a private company that has managed to hoodwink elected officials into giving them free and clear, two industrial parks, authority to give tax relief to their high ranking members to the tune of million of dollars, gain most of the proceeds from the local Hotel Motel tax, control of Hardwick Field, authority to manipulate industrial development to benefit their high ranking members, control of downtown development using public money including regular appropriations from county taxes and given seats on many important and influential boards and committees. And what has the citizen of Bradley County got in return... Diddly-squat. The promises of new industries to fill the industrial parks - nothing. The promise of a brighter future - yeah, at a price. Hotel Motel tax - who knows where the money goes? Control of Hardwick Field - a way of forcing a new airport on the citizens without their OK. Industrial Development - a way of keeping out competition for the big boys while flooding Cleveland with duplicates of the little sap's business. And the Chamber pays its bills with the membership fees of those same small businesses. Ironic huh! And remember, this is a private company, not a government agency.
The building of an entertainment complex in or close to Cleveland may be an excellent idea but Bohannon and his cohorts cannot be trusted with, or anywhere near public money. Cleveland will in all probability be throwing it's money down the who-knows-where if the Cleveland Bradley Chamber of Commerce gain control.
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