Thursday, June 26, 2008

Hoping for the Best on Muhlenberg

Plainfield hasn't had much luck in reversing the tides of fortune.

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!

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Jerry Green had real power, he would walk into Corzine's office and say that Muhlenberg is not closing - period.

I don't think that is going to happen, so why is Jerry Green able to have his way with Plainfield, when he does nothing for us.

The only good thing that may come from this - if Muhlenberg closes - is that people will realize Jerry Green has only been keeping Plainfiled down, and will reject any candidtate he backs. Time to go forward in Plainfied and create better glory days that reflect who we are.

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the first comment by anonymous, you are right. Jerry Green is always extolling his access to the governor by saying he is "a part of leadership." It's like a mantra with him, but he so far hasn't had the b*lls to go in to Corzine and make any demands. Plainfield delivers more democratic votes than any other town in the 22nd district. Jerry bragged that he just sold a property in Linden for $700,000.00 and says that he isn't hurting. His casual attitude is offensive to the people who are hurting and will continue hurting due to the budget cuts and housing foreclosures. Jerry Green is just interested in making as much money as he can before he leaves office next year. Take a look at his campaign contributors, John McGee and Nancy Fiamingo of Solaris among them. Jerry has lifetime health insurance along with his family members. What does he care? His offensive campaign literature where he blames the uninsured for the hospital closing shows how much he doesn't care. He is a buffoon and a continuing embarrassment. A friend in Trenton says that Jerry is viewed as an uneducated fool. No wonder Plainfield is treated so badly.

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And here we go. The game has begun. What game? It's called the the blame-game.

Blame Jerry. Blame the mayor. Blame the New Dems.

Surely we can all find someone to blame? And it will make our petty minds feel a little better at least for a little while.

We will spend energy fighting ourselves and time spent looking for solutions will instead be spent blaming each other. Even in public we will use slurs.

So while we are fighting amongst each other, calling each other names, our lunch will once again be taken away from in MRC.

Oh Plainfield...Oh Plainfield. When will you ever learn? When will you grow up? How many times will you need to go hungry before you see the real prize?

11:21 PM  

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