In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, the Northwest Herald newspaper will not be published May 27. Breaking news and information will be updated on NWHerald.com.
Letters to the Editor

Letter: Valley Hi is a treasure

To the Editor:

A $150 one-time property tax rebate or Valley Hi Nursing Home? Sounds like an add for selling cars. Valley Hi is one of the most lauded services providers in McHenry County. Earning a 4 out of 5 star rating and inclusion in the National Quality Honor Roll for nursing facilities, Valley Hi rivals all private facilities in the county for standard of care.

The previous County Board and County Board Chair raided the reserves of Valley Hi. The Valley Hi reserves of $2.5 to $3 million was transferred to the county general fund so the county could claim an 11 percent reduction in the county levy.

The $150 taxpayer rebate makes for attactive headlines and serves as a rotten carrot to lead the citizens in McHenry County down the road to Valley Hi financial insolvency and ultimate privatization. Privatization of Valley Hi will make the facility unaffordable for many.

Personally, my 99-year-old grandma was admitted to Valley Hi in the very last weeks of her life. By then, macular degeneration and age had taken her sight and mobility. The deacon visited her daily.

Her caregivers were kind and caring. These little things gave her comfort in her final days. At some point in our lives a family member, parent or even ourselves will need Valley Hi. It's one of McHenry County treasures.

Leslie Schermerhorn

Chicago

Loading more

Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.