The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


November 22, 2013

LEVINE: More options a good sign for clinic location

I know for the people involved, Thursday’s decision to look for more locations for a Community Health Care, Inc., clinic is likely seen as setback.

But it’s not.

Since news broke that the city was moving in a direction to place the clinic in the parking lot next to Clinton Park, the Herald has been inundated with letters, calls, emails and hearsay about people opposing it.

Downtown officials were upset. Business owners were upset. Historical preservationists weren’t on board.

And so, we were planning on writing a story this weekend looking at the issues associated with the location and as an editorial board, we had planned to write an editorial opposing the location.

Then, Thursday happened.

The Sisters of St. Francis, community members and the city came together to look at other options. Sure, it’s tough to have to start over. But as a community, it’s nice to see a group take information from the public and use it when making decisions.

We applaud the group for changing course and eyeing different possibilities to locate the clinic. We hope they stay firm and choose a different location. And there’s no doubt this clinic is needed.

People need medical care in Clinton. Some have more difficulties affording that care than others. This clinic will provide options for more people in our community and the citizens and the city will benefit from having another option for people’s health care.

I’m not against the clinic. I don’t believe the people opposing the clinic from being placed next to Clinton Park are against it either. As a parent, I use that park with my children. It’s a nice area and several events call that park home each year. Those events, along with surrounding businesses, utilize that parking lot.

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