Hoping for the Best on Muhlenberg
I have only been here 25 years, but in that time I have seen the loss of the city's downtown retail anchor to a bankruptcy court judge's decision. I remember the feeling of bitterness over the expense of Macy's holiday events, still possible even though our Macy's had to close.
When the glitzy new A&P opened in South Plainfield, its charms only pointed up the fact that Plainfield had no such array of goods and groceries within its borders.
Doctors' Row became Realty Row. No longer could we walk to Park Avenue medical providers.
Now, the city's biggest employer and its prime health care resource is threatened by forces that have caused the closing of numerous hospitals statewide. A crescendo of protest will culminate today with one last chance to plead for Muhlenberg to stay open.
Plaintalker has not tried to replicate the coverage given by the Courier News and the Save Muhlenberg blog. Suffice it to say we agree that the loss of Muhlenberg would be a stunning blow to the Central Jersey community. We hope the state officials who have the say over this situation will hear every voice and even consider those not yet born who will need this irreplaceable resource.
History alone will tell the extent to which flawed state and federal health care policy failed the citizenry at the beginning of the 21st century. For today, our best wishes are with the group that will make its last-ditch appeal to save Muhlenberg. Fortune favors the bold!