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May 4, 2013

OUR VIEW: Cheers and Jeers

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Cheers: We’re moving closer to seeing the former Mount View Health Facility renovated into a 150-bed assisted living facility. Vacant since the county closed it in 2007 the facility’s sale last year for $550,000 put some much-needed money in to county coffers. More importantly, when it’s renovated and reopened, Mount View will employ 45-60 people and provide a payroll of $2 million. With the town of Lockport’s recent approval of a zoning variance, all that’s really left is final approval from the sate health department, which could happen any day. It can’t come soon enough.

Jeers: To people who use charity as a means to take money from others. Recently there was a person visiting businesses in the Lockport area falsely soliciting donations for United Stockings Sailors Soldiers. The founder of that group, which sends Christmas stockings filled with non-perishable items and various sundries to military personnel, said they are not actively seeking donations at this time. Unfortunately, the Lockport area is not the only one where unscrupulous people take advantage of charitable causes. There have been reports of many charity scams related to the Boston Marathon bombings. One word describes these people: despicable.

Cheers: Lea Sobieraski owes her life to a stranger. The 2010 LHS grad underwent a transplant in March after an aggressive disease destroyed her liver. On April 25 Lea returned to her alma mater to discuss the importance of organ donations. She told the assembled seniors — who were freshmen when Lea was a senior — that there are many like her who are waiting for their own life-saving operations. Some unsettling statistics: Nationwide in 2012 there were 118,000 people on organ transplant lists; 28,000 transplants were performed and nearly 7,000 die annually while waiting for a transplant. We hope that Lea Sobieraski’s story inspires others to sign organ donor cards.

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