Life Is Different: Why I'm Voting AGAINST 64

I was born in Lakewood. I grew up in Lakewood. As an adult, I stayed in Lakewood. My address has always been at the same house in Lakewood. I do business in Lakewood. I invest in Lakewood. I put my life into being a Lakewoodite. I stayed for many reasons. I'm still here for many reasons. I live in a different City now. I haven't moved, but I live in a different City now. Life is different.

One of the reasons I stayed and I am still here is because of Lakewood Hospital. It is 8 blocks from my house, the house I grew up in, the house I still have, the house I planned on keeping. Life is different.

My parents are older now. They need more help doing the little things. They can't do the big things anymore. I'm thankful to be here in this time of all our lives, even if it's harder now. Life is different.

The one thing thing I always counted on was Lakewood hospital being near by. 24/7/365, Lakewood hospital was always there for my parents. The Lakewood Hospital Cath Lab and Stroke Unit saved their lives more than a few times. All that is gone now. Life is different.

I live in a different City now. A city with no hospital. A City that has a booming housing market, but no hospital. A City that is nationally know as being cool, but no hospital. A City with new schools and an excellent recreation department, but no hospital. A City with great restaurant and night life, but no hospital. I haven't moved, but I live in a different City now. Life is different. 

I grew up in Lakewood. I live in a different City now. Life is different.

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Volume 12, Issue 22, Posted 5:52 PM, 10.25.2016