Commentary, Opinion

You get what you pay for

June 15, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Ted Vandevis

There is a childhood song I learned in the Holland Marsh in the 60s that might still have a message in it for us today. It goes something like this:

I went around the corner, and I went around the block

And I walked right into a bakery shop

I pulled a donut right out of the grease, and I gave the lady a 5-cent piece

She looked at the nickel, and she looked at me, and she said

“This nickel is no good you see.”

There’s a hole in the nickel, there’s a hole right through.”

Said I, “There’s a hole in the donut too.”

­-Origin Unknown

To me, it says: We get what we pay for… We can’t expect to get more than what we give… Isn’t that what it is like when it comes to our hospital? If we want our local health system to be without holes, we need to make sure we are giving it our whole commitment. 

If we want a revitalized hospital in our community, we each need to make a commitment to help make it a reality.

That means giving meaningfully to our beloved hospital that our community has outgrown. That means supporting your local businesses, which in turn also supports the hospital.

If the government doesn’t have the confidence that our community is committed to raising the local share, all that we will be left with is the hole in the donut.

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