Wednesday, January 12, 2011

What Ever Happens

As we get closer to the conclusion of the petition drive, COAF would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have found it their hearts to support us, with the understanding of course, that it was all for the Widows and Orphans of Gracedale.

Gracedale to some like Mr. Angle, is nothing more than a man made structure, a business transaction. But to the residents that call it home, well, it's a warm place where they feel safe. To the family members, it's a place they trust to comfort and care for their loved ones.

Gracedale is not perfect, but what in life is? The greatest problem with Gracedale is Mr. Angle. It is now evident that Gracedale was set up to fail by Angle, and by those who want to sell it. History tells us that Gracedale made enough money over the last ten years to keep it going for ten years in the red. But, as we are all aware, the County took the money to satisfy other desires.

If Gracedale is kept in County hands, and we are hopeful that it will be, to succeed it must operated as a separate authority of the County. As such, all funds above expenses should not be seen as profit, but as repair and operating funds. Protected, the funds will allow Gracedale to sustain itself in the hardest of times, costing the tax payers absolutely nothing.

Angle knows this, and that is why he is now trying to work on salvaging Gracedale. He actually called a COAF member, circumventing our spokesperson, to have that member broker a sit down with union Rep Justice James. When the member did not get back to Angle, he called Mr. James directly. But, as we understand it, Mr. James refused to return Angles call, because he is looking forward to sitting down with the new and improved, civil and fair bipartisan-5.

With six days left, if you have any petitions, regardless of how many names are on the petitions, please bring them into Gracedale no later than this coming Sunday. We will have a notary available at no cost.

You can also call Maryann Schmoyer to arrange drop off of petitions at: (610) 509 / 3709.


  1. Let's not cut our nose off to spite our face. Lines of communication should remain open. Whether we like it or not we are all in this society together and maybe we all needed to go through this to get to where we need to be. I would just say do not slam any door closed. Sometimes Pride gets in the way because of emotions. We have obtained our signatures however we haven't won the battle yet. I have seen emotions run high on both sides and both sides slam the other because of the passionate feelings for Gracedale. I don't want us to make the same mistakes Council has made. Open comminication and dialogue between all parties is essential in coming together and solving problems. Don't stoop to the same level you have experienced with Mr Angle...take the higher road. It isn't about the Coalition and Mr Angle and is about "Our Gracedale" and doing what is right for Our Citizens of Northampton County present and future. May God watch over Gracedale and keep it safe and as is in the hands of the people he placed there to serve it. Amen.

  2. Agreed!
    Now that we have described the 2 major people who only like people to fight and argue,let the rest of NORCO get together and decide what is in the best interest for both Gracedale and the taxpayer.
    I believe with the present leadership on County Council that this very idea could become an effective managerial way to do and complete the business at hand.