The Cape Charles Mirror received this letter in the mail; while it did not have a return address, and was postmarked from Richmond, Virginia, it did contain disturbing allegations. It was also printed, not hand written, which made us wonder a bit.
Here is the scanned letter below:
Given the nature of the letter, the first thing the Mirror did was contact Supervisor Hogg to get his comments on the allegations. Mr. Hogg generously agreed to meet, and spent over an hour stepping through each line of the letter. Of particular interest was the allegations over Rural Health. According to Mr.Hogg, he and Ms. Stern of Rural Health did meet to discuss the sale Hogg’s property in Eastville. While there was some interest on the part of Ms. Stern, she and Hogg could not come to an agreement on the sale (Mirror does not have all the details of the negotiations, but according to Mr. Hogg, the main sticking point was over the amount of land Rural Health was willing to purchase).
Relative to the allegations that Hogg then attempted to scuttle the Rural Health plans to put the new facility on RT 13 in Eastville, Mr. Hogg stated, “No matter where they put it, they are going to have to answer questions, aren’t they? Was I wrong, were we wrong to ask appropriate questions, questions that pertain directly to the safety and well-being of Northampton citizens?” Mr. Hogg, we believe was referring to questions of traffic safety, and the ability for fire and rescue to access the new facility.
Historical Note: The property that Hogg was negotiating over with Rural Health, at one time had been offered for free to the medical exploratory group from Cape Charles that was looking at options after the hospital had made the decision to move. That never came to fruition.
The letter also mentioned that members of the Rural Health Board had gone to County Attorney Bruce Jones to file a complaint against Hogg. The Mirror contacted Attorney Jone’s office to confirm this. Mr. Jones was courteous, but said he could not comment on the matter.
The Mirror also attempted to contact Nancy Stern, CEO of Rural Health. We left voicemail messages, but as of this publishing, we have been unable to speak with her.
Editor’s Note: Embarrassingly, the Mirror has held this information for some time before publishing. Without a return address, and since the letter was sent from Richmond, we weren’t sure how much credence to give it. However, after being chastised by a friend who has been in the media field for a long time, we decided to publish what we had, “What are you doing, dude? You can’t hold that information, not publishing that immediately was borderline incompetence on your part…If your feelings are getting in the way, that’s even worse…that information, anonymous or not, does not belong to you, it belongs to the public, and they deserve to know about this. Do your job. It may be something, it may be nothing…it’s not your decision to make about that…”
There you have it. Take it as you like it.