Letters to the Editor

We welcome letters to the Editor, a chance for members of the community to comment on issues of concern to them. All letters must be original, not duplications of letters addressed to public officials or written by others. The views and opinions expressed are those of the letter writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of this publication, its publishers, Editor, or staff.

To the Editor:
There is a lot of incorrect information going around regarding Pine Crest, its operation, and its financial situation:
 Pine Crest is operating in the black. INCORRECT. Pine Crest has not operated in the black, made a profit, nor sustained itself in MANY years. The County Board has had to do last-minute, inventive budgeting to cover the shortfall from Pine Crest for years.
 Pine Crest has a “5-star” rating. MISLEADING, in that it just attained 5-star status after many years of being 3-star. With fewer residents, it is likely easier to attain, but not financially feasible.
 Debt service is paid by NCHC. INCORRECT AND RIDICULOUS. Are we blind sheep? We all know who signed that loan and who has to pay for it.
 No one would benefit from selling Pine Crest. UNKNOWN. Current and future residents may be happier and have better care. Employees and Lincoln County families/taxpayers would be happier as their tax rolls wouldn’t be so burdened and we’d have more for our County’s infrastructure.
County residents do not get precedence. My mother-in-law, a lifelong County resident, was refused twice. Pine Crest has less than 50% capacity. Know of any other business that could survive?
If I were a resident of Pine Crest, I would be much more at ease if I knew that the owner was experienced in nursing home operation, knew the regulations, and wanted to make the business successful. Many companies do make a profit at this and do it well.

– Gloria Rahlf
Rhinelander, Wis. (Lincoln County resident)

Letters To The Editor Policy:
*Letters must be 250 words or less. (There will be no exceptions to this. Any letter longer than 250 words will not be printed.)
*The writer must include their full name, complete address, and a phone number where he/she can be easily reached for verification. Phone numbers and street addresses will not be published, but will be used for verification purposes, if necessary. Letters must be signed and the name, city, and state will be printed.
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*In fairness to all, and due to space constraints, there is a limit of two letters per year from an individual writer. Additional letters may be submitted to our Paid Letters to the Editor column and will require payment in full prior to publication at the same rate as Political Letters to the Editor (see policy below).

Political Letters To The Editor Policy:
All letters submitted as an endorsement for a political candidate, referendum, or political agenda will carry the same guidelines as above; however, they will be charged $40.00 per letter of up to 250 words in length. Longer political letters will be accepted but will be charged $10.00 per additional 100 words. All political letters must be prepaid prior to printing. Letters to the Editor will not be accepted from candidates running for election or representatives of an organization endorsing their own referendum, as these are clearly advertisements and not opinion letters; those submissions will be referred to our Advertising Department to be run as paid ads.

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