URGENT MESSAGE: Just in from the Paradise Center...
Dear fellow citizens and friends of Paradise Center Inc.
We hope that you will receive this notice in time to cancel your plans to attend the MHMR of Tarrant County Board of Trustees meeting tonight. It was leaked to us by decent people inside of Hulen Tower right after lunch hour today that MHMR executives and Trustees were somehow alerted this morning to the plan by many of you taxpayers to go and ask questions and/or express your feeling regarding what is now commonly called the Paradise Center Scandal.
As you can surmise from this very unusual notice to "stakeholders", apparently there was not enough time to hire private security guard/s toting side arms before the 5:30 P.M. public meeting tonight. As has been the pattern, these public officials holding positions of immense power, financial and administrative and legal, will do whatever it takes to prevent public disclosure or discussion of all the documented instances of behavior that range from questionable to reprehensible.
The natural questions are why are they behaving this way? And what do they have to hide from "We the People", from whom came the $100+ Million dollars in annual taxes and the attendant authority/power and responsibility/accountability??
This latest act of desperation and evasion (the Trustees adjourned the meeting last month before the public could even get back inside the Moncrief Conference Room) is unbecoming of honorable civic leaders and is in fact a rejection of transparency and public accountability on the part of people given "the public trust".
These facts also make clear that the public (and private) statements and representations about the Paradise Center Matter by MHMR of Tarrant County CEO, executives, and Trustees do not support their claim that this is "just a personnel matter". Those words and actions can only be described as "scandalous". A scandal that is much more damaging than the one involving the Citadel Medicaid fraud in the mid-2000's and the one that ushered out the previous CEO and his regime, which included members of the Board of Trustees.
The people and community leaders of El Paso apparently took constructive actions to mitigate the damages to people and the community by exercising their rights and duties earlier this year relative to the conduct of their MHMR executive/s and Board of Trustees.
What is different about Tarrant County, Texas, U.S.A.? And why has the "fourth rail of our democracy" chosen to ignore this public interest and public policy matter?
It's been said that a community is judged by how it treats its weakest members. The judgment is still out in this particular matter, fellow citizens, taxpayers, and voters.
Paradise Center, Inc.
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