Originally Posted by Alabadrock
Of course, that is assuming that the level of care the patients receive remains constant no matter where they go, which it very well may.
You're right though, it is symbolic. It is, however, wasteful and reckless. The city and the University have always had a pretty good relationship, this could go a long way towards changing that...
I don't think the lawsuit is directed towards UA, though. I have to go back and read what the lawsuit entails, but I believe the city is more concerned with keeping Bryce here.
Here's what Paul Davis, a board member of the DMH board wrote to the Tuscaloosa News:
MY TURN: Paul David: UA is not giving Bryce enough money credit for its past services
Several things to comment on:
* What an insulting notion that the University is about football, first and foremost. No, UA is a university first and foremost. It is cognizant that, paraphrasing Bear Bryant, 50,000 people don't show up to see a math test, but it is still an academic organization first and foremost.
* UA endowment is nowhere near $2 billion. The entire UA system's endowment is less than $1 billion. UA's endownment is around $500 million.
* He invokes Shelby Hall as evidence of all this money that UA is sitting on all this money and won't budge a bit to get Bryce. Need we remind him that most of the money came from the taxpayers via local sugar daddy Richard Shelby?
Basically, this boils down to the DMH wanting to take advantage of UA to solve all their problems. Even they realize that there's no way they can get $100 million from the private sector for land that requires environment cleanup, historic preservation, and dealing with multiple gravesites. That's why they're holding people's jobs hostage.