Sound Off for Wednesday, March 15: Javon Bea, 'old' people and ICE raids

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

On Mercy Health System CEO Javon Bea’s $8 million pay: I just wanted to say, gosh, Javon, I hope you’re enjoying your lifestyle while people like me and probably many others are working three jobs trying to put food on the table, a roof over our heads and pay our Mercy Hospital bill, which we get hounded about constantly. There’s two ways of living, I guess.

— Mercy Board Chairman Rollie McClellan defended Bea’s $8,042,977 earnings. That’s nuts. At that rate, even if Bea worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week with no sleep, he would still be getting paid $918 per hour.

— Rollie McClellan knows absolutely nothing about running a hospital. He is just a close buddy of Javon Bea and taking care of him financially. It is time for Rollie to go.

— No one is worth getting paid over $8 million. Even our government officials don’t get paid that kind of money. I think I’m going to go to another medical clinic from now on.

— This is at the same time when he’s cutting the amount of food in the cafeteria, he’s not giving people raises and while the CEO of the Mayo Clinic makes only over $2 million a year.

— Give the money to the people who need medical care and don’t be padding that guy’s pocketbook.

— I wish The Gazette would investigate further on what his underlings and friends are also getting paid.

On Rep. Paul Ryan’s health care proposal: Kind of funny that it comes out that Javon Bea made $8 million, and now his buddy, Paul Ryan, and his cronies with their changes to the Affordable Care Act are giving CEOs, millionaires and billionaires a huge tax break.

On Sunday Sound Off comment regarding ‘old people’: I’m not an elderly person, but I’m totally offended by your comments. Maybe with your attitude, you should stay home. I’m proud of those older people that want to get out, and happy that they’re able to do so. You should be ashamed of yourself.

— Yes, I’m old. I worked two jobs and kept my head above water. Now is my time to go out and spend my money. Stay out of our handicap stalls. Never needed government assistance or subsidies.

— I want to hear from that person again when they get older and see if they feel the same. Maybe it will happen about them, getting older, I mean.

— For the record, I am not old yet, but you, my friend, have a lot of growing up to do. You will be old, too, whether you like it or not.

— If it weren’t for the old people, you wouldn’t have the freedoms of shopping and going out to eat.

— We think the person who feels old people in Janesville should stay home on Sundays should try going to church on Sunday and hear God’s commandment, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

On award winner: Congratulations Mr. Lance Fena for receiving the Wisconsin Opee Award from the Freedom of Information Council. What you did by putting Milton School District on their heels with your camera was a great thing. It’s just too bad, though, they can’t get their own video and audio to work all the time.

On Act 10: I just heard Wisconsin Speaker of Assembly Robin Voss say since Act 10, no services have been cut and schools are doing fine. What state does he represent?

On the Rock River: Since 1936, I have never seen a boat, canoe, kayak or a float tube on the shallow stretch of Rock River between the Monterey Dam and Afton. Now it is said that if the dam were removed, this would be a Mecca for such activity. Dumb is alive and well in Janesville.

On local rumors about ICE raids: It’s very sad anyone should have to live in fear in our communities, fearing arrest, detention and deportation by ICE; fearing that long-established families will be broken up; fearing that everything they have worked for will be lost. We are a nation of immigrants who came here seeking freedom from fear. This is not what we stand for. I am so ashamed.

On ‘A good-hearted loan left regrets” (Saturday, Page 1A): A good-hearted loan of $10,000 to a disabled veteran family was completely tasteless. That is not news. We have all done stupid stuff about money when, in hindsight, we should have known we would never, ever get it back. A loan to a desperate family is called a donation.

— I hope whoever read that article knows not to just hand off an amount of money that size to a stranger. If they’re going to help, then there’s other ways to help. They can pay whoever is supposed to be helping them.


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