An Open Invitation to Behavioral Health
This is a public offering to the ranking staff of the Behavioral Health Departments of Modoc County.
Our offer is to come to the table and air your grievances against the Modoc Independent News.
We make this offer in all sincerity because we firmly believe that public agencies, especially those responsible for caretaking the state’s tax dollars, should openly explain their decisions on how that money is spent.
We are referring to an order to discontinue ads in this paper followed by an anonymous grievance from someone in Behavioral Health that there be no further “Prevention Collaborative” ads placed in this newspaper. Why?
The reason for this order, we’ve been told, is because these same unidentified employees of the Behavioral Health are offended by the series we are running on this blog titled “Balancing the County Budget Deficits on the Backs of Children.”
The series is an examination of the original Children and Families Commission, now First 5, and its internal debate over removing state funds from the county treasury -- an issue closely tied to the on-going multi-million dollar misappropriation of the treasury.
We were told, “Because you have targeted people that work for Behavioral Health without ever talking to them, the departments are no longer willing to support the Independent News through any advertising.”
An interesting accusation, wouldn’t you agree, considering the series is based on ten-year-old documents? Even so, our offer still stands.
So, how does this order effect the general public and what does it have to do with the spending of state tax dollars?
Our answer is, and please prove us wrong, that someone in the Behavioral Health is attempting to use state money to leverage the editorial content of this blog and its sister publication the Modoc Independent News.
We repeat, please prove us wrong by coming to the table and openly discuss your complaints against this newspaper. This is a standing invitation.
-- Ray A. March