The rhetoric has the flavor of a schoolyrd squabble. Couple of kids calling each other names. But it's a battle between two of the area's biggest and most important institutions: Wheeling Hospital and Ohio Valley Medical Center.
Wheeling has plans for a $50 million dollar expansion project including more e-room space, more intensive care, more pediatrics. They have to get approval from the WV Health Care Authority. OVMC has filed a request for a public hearing--as they have the right to do under state regulations. Wheeling Hospital says the hearing could delay or even end the project.
charge, counter charge, name calling. The Mayor tries to broker a "truce" and one side says the other "broke the peace". It's nasty.
OVMC CEO Bian Felice is a calm, mild mannerd guy, but when he was on my show this morning you could sens the tension and irritation.
Sarah Palin and I would probably be an even match in a debate.
In fact, she would probably win.
I make that point so you will understand I am NOT calling Ms. Palin "stupid". To suggest she doesn't have the experience, intellectual depth, or learned knowledge needed to be a VP (or President) doesn't mean she's a dolt. Any more than I am.
But I AM smart enough to know that I'm not prepared to step into the Oval Office.
And if I ever make a choice to do that, I will spend a lot of time gaining experience and knowledge needed to make that leap.
It is Palin's inability to understand her own limitations that makes her unfit to serve in higher office.
I was amazed today as I hosted Statewide Talkline at the number of callers who slavishly defend Palin. Defend her intellect (or lack thereof), defend her experience (or lack thereof), defend her decision to abandon a committment she made to the people of Alaska.
Why is so hard to say "Sarah Palin is a common sense woman with values I agree with, and IF SHE TAKES TIME TO GAIN GREATER DEPTH OF UNDERSTANDING OF WORLD ISSUES, she would be an excellent President"?
I didn't say Happy 4th of July because my guest says we celebrate the wrong date! Historian Ray Raphael was on The Morning Show and we had a lot of fun talking about the colonial days and revolutionary history.
Raphael's latest book is called Founders. Good read. I enjoyed it. A look at some of the lesser known people who helped found this great nation of ours.
Remember you can order this book--and any others by guests you hear on the show by clicking on their book on the WVLY ON-LINE BOOK STORE.
Picnics and fireworks for a few days. Enjoy your Indepedence Day weekend. Plenty to do around the Valley. Fly the flag. Celebrate our freedom. Monday, I'll be hosting "Statewide Talkline" on the MetroNews network. Hoping to talk cap and trade with Congressman Alan Mollohan. A little health care reform, and no doubt a lot of talk about Sarah Palin's announced resignation. Tuesaday, Wheeling's mayor and vice-mayor join me to talk about their first year at the helm of city government.