Group takes umbrage with Kasich staff memberWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Arbors at Sylvania in Toledo has a beef with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and his staff.
Arbors at Sylvania, a provider of short-term rehabilitation solutions and long-term nursing care, requested that the governor visit some of the elderly guests and speak to them about politics.
Their request was declined.
It is the manner in which the rejection was allegedly delivered from Assistant to the Chief of Staff Karrie Rench, however, that has many at the facility upset.
“She told me that he gets thousands and thousands of requests from people who want to get their picture taken with him and he does not have time to meet with ‘those people’,” Life Enrichment Director Lynne Carroll said.
The words “those people” have not gone over well with members of the facility, who at the time of the conversation were listening in through the speakerphone to see if the governor would be visiting.
A message left with the governor’s communication department for comment on Nov. 16 was not returned.
“He sent us an answer [saying] ‘those people.’ What people?” said Mattiren Gilmore, a retired licensed practical nurse. “We do not want to be addressed like that. We are senior adults and we like to be called that. Treat us like we are human beings before that then maybe we could go out and help you get some votes — but now, no.”
“We are the people that have been voting all our lives,” 96-year-old retired watchmaker Louis Pertcheck said. “We are still part of the city, we should be considered.
“We are all older people. We should not just be discarded from the normal group of people; you shouldn’t treat us just like we don’t count anymore.”
Carroll said she has not given up, continuing to send requests hoping that the governor will be able to make it to speak to them about politics, even if it’s not until next year or beyond. She also added that the facility just wants to meet with him and would still be happy to welcome him “with open arms.” However, Carroll said that all attempts have been less than fruitful.
“They understand he is very busy but they are open to any time, any day this year, next year or three years from now,” Carroll said. “It’s getting comical now. I said, ‘I’ll send a request every day‚‘ and [Rench] said, ‘I’ll send a denial every day.’”
Described as “a very political building,” Arbors of Sylvania has hosted government figures such as Toledo Mayor Mike Bell and City Council members Wilma Brown, George Sarantou, Joe McNamara, D. Michael Collins and Adam Martinez.