West Sub analysis reads more like a Resurrection ad


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In the Aug. 3 edition of Wednesday Journal, there was a lengthy column or letter or advertisement regarding Resurrection hospital beginning on the first page of the Viewpoints section ("Over a year after selling to Resurrection, how has West Sub changed?"). Spreading across approximately one and two-thirds pages, we are presented with what seems like a propaganda piece supporting the takeover of West Suburban by Resurrection Health Care.

I write "seems" because over 14 pages of Viewpoints, we are provided two pieces written by men listed in the masthead of Wednesday Journal, two pieces under Wednesday Journal "Our views" heading and 16 pieces identified by name (or name withheld) and point of origin (Oak Park or River Forest).

Then we have this lengthy promo by a Tom Holmes who is not identified in any way. I assume that the placement of his name in the Christian cross graphic used in the promo is not meant to imply something regarding his identification.

To allay my concern that this was penned for a fee and then run as a "Viewpoint," would Wednesday Journal please clarify who Tom Holmes is, where he lives and why this was not included in the original one and two thirds page advertisement? While we're clarifying, what is the editorial position of Wednesday Journal on the takeover now that Resurrection Health Care is proclaiming a celebration after one year?

Tom Broderick
Oak Park

Editor's Note: Tom Holmes is a freelance writer for Wednesday Journal and its sister publication, the Forest Park Review. He is a retired pastor, who frequently writes on religion-related issues. When a byline appears above a Viewpoints feature, it indicates that the piece was written by a Wednesday Journal staff member or freelancer. We regret any confusion.

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