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  • By Brian Smeester CVC of Dickinson County

Why do people keep drinking snake oil


Everyday I read the paper looking for the outrage about real issues that are affecting our community and our state. What is upsetting people enough to write letters to the editor in the news paper? The play at the Braumart called ‘RENT’? This is the effect of the public buying and consuming the snake oil from the snake oil peddlers in our churches, media and local governments. How about something real to be upset about? To start with, our county hospital being millions of dollars in the red and essentially bankrupt! Under the municipal health facilities corporations Act 230 of 1987, the failure of our hospital is a direct result of incompetence or corruption of the Dickinson County Commissioners. How about the unfunded retiree healthcare liability in Dickinson County? It is underfunded to the tune of about $790 per person in the county. How about Dickinson County has the highest incarceration rate in the UP or the 911 millage scam? (The appeals court never ruled in the counties favor.) Why is K.I.N.D. separate from U.P.S.E.T? I know why, get ready for the spin on that one. Let’s not forget about tens of billions of dollars of under funded school and public pensions liabilities in Michigan. Or how about the city of Iron Mountain $3,809 per person Retiree Health Care under funding. Or how about the City of Crystal Falls $4,157 per person Retiree Health Care under funding. In a way I can’t wait for the snake oil peddlers next boogeyman to scare people, or a wag the dog stunt to get your attention away from their incompetence or scam more money out of the trusting public. Thank you Brian Smeester C.V.C. of Dickinson County Sources http://www.mackinac.org/OPEB MUNICIPAL HEALTH FACILITIES CORPORATIONS ACT Act 230 of 1987 The health and welfare of the people of this state being a matter of primary public concern, the legislature finds that it is essential that local governmental units be provided with appropriate means and methods for the effective and efficient administration of hospitals in order to foster financial viability of local governmental units and the effective and efficient provision of health services, and for the establishment, maintenance, acquisition, expansion, renovation, financing, and refinancing of public health care facilities at reasonable cost. Therefore, the powers granted in this act constitute the performance of essential public purposes and governmental functions of this state and its local governmental units. "Local governmental unit" means a county, city, or village.


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