Now that Oneida County legislators have approved–unanimously–the city-county agreement to pay for the new hospital’s downtown parking garage, it’s time. Time to begin the “steep climb” described in today’s OD editorial.
Early on, as the new hospital project was taking shape, there were fewer available answers to questions than there are now–so, as the OD points out, it’s time for MVHS to return to a public forum, and other forms of outreach, to explain what happens next. Much of the criticism–to paraphrase Churchill, seldom have so few been so loud for so long–stems from demands for answers to all and sundry questions. And the farther along the project progresses, the greater the amount of information.
Not that one or more public gatherings will satisfy everyone, and some will no doubt use any public forum as a sign-carrying opportunity to make their opposition known. But it’s time for the hospital to build an aura of “transparency and trust,” as the OD says. As we’ve said before in this space, this is one community. We don’t always agree about everything, but we live and work together. Let’s get moving.
In closing, and in deference to the hospital’s history, here’s a video of a nun singing a song about a steep climb.