Letters to the Editor

No good comes of not paying for completed hospital work

Thank you Vanessa Miller and The Gazette for updates on the Iowa Court of Appeals’ ruling of the lapsed bill the University of Iowa owes to contractors Modern Piping and Merit Construction (both of Cedar Rapids) for work done to build the acclaimed Children’s Hospital (“What we know about the UI Children’s Hospital disputes,” April 4).

Bruce Harreld, as decision-maker, appears to be dragging his feet. For what reason? Pay the bill. What is the message the university president sends by resisting and arguing about paying for the creation of a place of healing for the youngest among us?

As much as I want to see the world as it is, and I appreciate knowing even the tough stuff, as a longtime resident of Iowa, as a mom of two grown children raised in Iowa, as a small-business owner, as a resident of a small community that relies on our neighbors and community members to step up and contribute, as a graduate of the University of Iowa, as someone who relies on the University’s quality medical professionals for my own health care — I am appalled at Harreld’s handling of the contracts and moneys owed for work done for the Children’s Hospital. Yes the project cost a lot. This is the world we live in. Quality costs. Pay the bills, sir. Or step down.

Gretchen Reeh-Robinson

Mount Vernon

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