Wednesday, March 9, 2011

An Open Letter to the Reverend Mr. Dowd

As you well know, we have had the opportunity to both speak with you at Council Meetings, as well as view your personal participation as a councilman on the video provided by the County.

In view of your life’s professional calling, we have paid a great deal of attention to your manner of handling the various county-wide issues which come before you.

We have never been very much interested in local politics until the Gracedale issue. We also felt a similar calling or mission to protect the residents at Gracedale from “private hands.”

We have never seen a private nursing facility which permitted the family members of any given resident the opportunity to be totally involved with the care of a loved one.  We would imagine that if you would consider an elderly loved one who has all of his/her faculties and is able to lead a normal life with someone “around” to care for basic and simple needs, then any facility would be acceptable.

However, when one must deal with many residents who can do nothing at all, including all bodily functions, rational thinking patterns, speaking, moving, and any other aspect of living of which you can think, one now has a completely different perspective as to the issue of private vs. public ownership of a nursing facility.

If our County is currently in a financial bind for all areas, then we believe that all of you should find other ways—besides a tax increase—to remedy the situation.  With what we’ve seen since just August, 2010, Council has spent money, in our opinion, on items which are in no way comparable to the saving and proper care of lives.  If we should ever have the opportunity to speak privately, i.e., away from the cameras, lights, and political posturing, we would be more than pleased to be more specific.

As  members of COAF, we profoundly believe that the County owes its most beloved citizens a home which would provide families with real, truthful, and heartfelt inclusion in the personal healthcare of every resident.  The public sector allows for more personal family participation because it MUST.  A private sector company can find many ways around this in order enhance the bottom line profit.  This is their very reason for existing.

There really are certain times and conditions when government can operate more efficiently and, at the same time, stay in budget.  If the County hires a management organization who knows how to manage this type of process, this new and certified team has to be knowledgeable in both the care of our sick and elderly and allow as much family in-put as is possible, and every case is unique!

Giving  Gracedale the opportunity to prove that it can become solvent once again by reorganization, this would be the role which we would be so very happy to see you take.

As we stated earlier, we consider our participation in COAF as a spiritual mission or a calling to help those Gracedale residents who can no longer do or say anything for themselves.

We firmly believe that this is your mission as well when Jesus Christ called upon you to do the very same thing.

If we had not taken note of the way you voted last Thursday evening—March 3—at the Council meeting, we would not be writing this letter.

Before Council’s election of a new president, the yelling, the screaming, an occasional curse word, the constant interruptions, the rudeness, the name-calling have made us aware that we, as citizens, need more and more people serving us who are willing to leave this type of conduct at the threshold of the hallowed halls of government. This experience has made us more in tune with the importance of the election and voting process.  Voting is  our most powerful weapon which demonstrates that we are, indeed, a free people.

As a resident of Northampton County, we implore you and to be mindful in your heart of those who cannot think or do for themselves, to be more diligent in attempting to take a better look for funding, and to persuade others to give a County-owned Gracedale a chance to survive, so that others may live their final days in the HANDS of people who love them, especially the families who want to be an integral part of their care.

We must also add that there are those residents who have no families remaining.  The County and the entire staff will always be there to help them.  In addition, volunteers have and will continue to support Gracedale’s long history of care to the poor and elderly at the Upper Nazareth facility. 

Not only should the Home Rule Charter be guiding your decisions, but also your mind and heart as you consider those of our County citizens in need, in keeping with the greatest of charters-- the Constitution of the United States of America.

Reverend Dowd, please be who you really are in keeping with your high calling by helping others who cannot help themselves.


  1. I agree that a man of the cloth should recognize the moral obligation to care for the sick and elderly.
    The above letter is well written and explains the many reasons that Rev. Dowd should continue his efforts to allow Gracedale to become solvent under new management.

  2. Forget him, he is beyond redemption.
    Listen up, if you are registered Republican vote for his opponent.
    If your not registered Republican change your registration to Republican and vote for his opponent. In the fall you can either change back or vote for whoever.
    This is a page out of Rush Limbaughs 2008 primary playbook when he tried to undermine the Democratic primary. Thanks for the idea Rush. I guess you aren't a complete steaming pile of un patriotic horsecrap afterall.
    And speaking of steaming piles of unpatriotic horsecrap. According to his posts this micreant Bernadette Ohare is coming tonight. Lets all give him a warm welcome, and don't forget to smile you'll be on his candid camera.
    He promises to disrupt the event by confronting Barron about an issue to convoluted to delve into in here.
    BTW everyone in the COAF is akin to KKK members according to the steaming pile of unpatriotic horsecrap.

  3. Yes Bernadette I spelled it wrong


  4. Winston
    I know Rush Limbaugh and you're no Rush Limbaugh

  5. Again with the usurping of the Founding Fathers.
    They would not like you, remember?
    they don't like you there,
    They don't like you here.
    I am glad you can tell the difference between Winston Smith and an unpatriotic hack
    Now go think up a new name for yourself.
    I now retreat to the bathroom to vomit,
    as you make us ill with your faux patriotism.
    When finished I'll be filling out the voters re-registration like Winston was so kind to suggest.


    Rush wouldn't even use your shirt as a snot rag.

  6. Guess who showed up to night Berrnie and his sidekick, Ron Boy. So did the Sargent on the township police force. BO sat on the right side front Ron Boy sat almost to the rear on the left side, the party went well for the people, the ones running for office talked to the people at the diferent tables, Ron and Bernie left early. No call from bo on Barron. Coffee and cake were served. Every one seemed to have a good time.

  7. Why did Berrnie shoot Barron the bird at the party Wed. night and he calls them goons?

  8. He used an obscene gesture in front of peoples children , one of which is suffering from cancer. The kids looked visably shaken by Bernies thoughtless display. He should have been escorted out of the building. I followed him out however he almost was running to his car. Another observation was that not 2 minutes after Ron left Bernie answered his phone. Now we all know he has no friends that includes Ron who is using him for free legal advice. I suspect though Ron called to check if there was any chatting about him. They both met up later after they left. As I think someone tailed Bernie. I don't know who though I just heard it from an anon coward.

  9. Did Bernie O'Hare give Steve Barron the finger in front of a sick little kid ?

  10. The answer is yes. He came in looking for an argument, Angle came also one sat in the front right one in the back left, It was a thank you party for help, from the COAF.

  11. Rev. Martinez is right. This is a moral question. All the talk about taxes and budgets while important - misses the point. Caring for those who can't care for themselves, through no fault of their own, goes to the heart of who we are as a society. I think Rev. Dowd knows that.