2011-11-04 / Letters

Against All Odds

Dear Editor,

For what took most of the summer, in the fight to keep Peninsula Hospital doors open, Lew M. Simon never gave up on his vision. When all others failed to believe that Peninsula was worth the fight, he did not. I was there first hand when Lew first found out that the Hospital was going to close. He spent countless days and hours on the phone and at every rally, as the voice behind the scenes, doing what no one thought could be done. If not for his tenacious consistency and love for his community, joining the fight alongside of him, there would be no boardroom to discuss the future proposals that were accepted to keep the doors open. At the day of Health Fair for the celebration of Peninsula Hospital, I witnessed a man who cursed him and berated him in front of all to see, because his own son wrote an article praising Lew’s efforts in assisting in the fight to save the Hospital.

It is with great honor that an elected official would ask Anthony Martins or me to write on his behalf for the hard work he has and always will do for his community.

The man who trashed Lew also said that he did more than Lew did, when I was out there every day chanting with the community and never once did I see this man at any of the rallies. At no time did Lew say he did it by himself. In the end it took the community in unity to stand up and fight for their rights as human beings to keep Peninsula open.

Lew helped jump start what should be an example and inspiration to us all. Against all odds, Lew M. Simon should be rewarded for his bravery and wholehearted spirit that never backed down from the fight. As he would say, “Ain’t no stopping us now.”

BENNY SOSA

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