Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Bi-County Health Comm'n To Meet October 17
The Bi-County Health Comm'n is comprised of the combined county legislators of the Lehigh Valley, making it an 18-member Comm'n whose actions require a majority vote from both Northampton and Lehigh. Five members of Northampton County Council - Ron Angle, Barb Thierry, Bruce Gilbert, John Cusick and Tom Dietrich - will likely vote to end this idea unless the real beneficiaries of this proposal start making some financial contributions.
Despite all the claims about public health, and many of them are valid, it's never a bad idea to remember who is really behind both this idea and even that supposed grassroots group. RenewLV. It's the Lehigh Valley Partnership, our unelected aristocracy, who like puppeteers, do pull the strings of Council members and Commissioners.
We're being asked to pay County tax dollars to fund a project that essentially is designed to ease the burden on the emergency rooms at Lehigh Valley Hospital and St. Luke's. Thise hospitals are doing well and need no help. If they want to provide cash grants to Lehigh and Northampton County to pay the county shares of this project, the plan will pass. But if that does not happen, the Lehigh Valley Health Board is a dead man walking.