I don’t know if the rest of you have noticed like I have — the yellow vote “Yes on WGH” signs popping up like Scotch broom in the spring time?
I have also noticed that there are no opposition signs popping up – similar to the school bond issue last year.
Being that they are everywhere I was interested to know who was financing these signs.
I called the hospital administration and was informed that they cannot pay for them as it would be against election laws.
They directed me to the organization, “Friends of Whidbey General Hospital.”
Who makes up this organization? A bunch of concerned citizens looking to better their community hospital? Not hardly. When one researches the Public Disclosure Commission, one finds most of the top 20 contributors — $250 and more — are employed by Whidbey General Hospital or are some medical provider that benefits from this bond action.
In fact, the CEO of WGH, contributed $250 himself.
While technically not illegal, this is pretty sad when the people whose salaries are partially and indirectly paid by the taxpayer are now using that money to fund propaganda for further expansion of WGH which will, in turn, pad their pocket books some more.
Schools are one thing — kids are our future — but to fleece property owners for thousands more over the next 25 years to support one of the most financially dysfunctional industries in America, and indirectly pay for the propaganda with the same money that has been previously taken from property owners, well, it just doesn’t pass the smell test.