A little more than five hours from now it’s likely that the Downingtown East High School will be packed to the walls with people.
It won’t be for a play, a musical or an athletic event.
What it will be is another public session/meeting concerning the future of the Pocopson Home, the county-operated facility for the elderly. Following a recent meeting where nearly 300 people attended, tonight’s meeting is the second to listen to the public as to the future of Pocopson.
The debate concerns whether or not Chester County could, should or can continue to operate the facility based on current and anticipated government funding from the likes of Medicare and Medicaid. The commissioners are considering the potential and future of keeping Pocopson under the eye of the county.
At the first meeting, dozens of people including those who reside at Pocopson as well those who work there pleaded to the commissioners to keep it under county operations. Many referred to the facility as the “jewel of Chester County.”
Last week the Daily Local News published a coupon online and in the newspaper asking people to make a choice and let us know their feelings.
Since then we have received thousands of coupons from people all over the county. As of this minute, there are two people so far out of the thousands who voted who feel giving up operations of Pocopson is a good idea.
Of course the critics will say it’s stuffing the ballot box. However, there is equal opportunity to stuff it from both sides of the argument. And that didn’t happen.
Sometimes government needs to do what it thinks is right and sometimes the government needs to listen to its citizens. I feel this is one of those times.
Apparently so do thousands of others. The question is will the commissioners listen? Or is the deck already stacked and the decision made?
Attend tonight’s meeting and let them know how you feel.
— Andy Hachadorian