Thursday, March 24, 2011
The El Paso MHMR Scandal vs. the Fort Worth Paradise Center Scandal
El Paso's MHMR agency is currently in turmoil due to actions of its leader, Gary Larcenaire.
A major difference between the El Paso MHMR scandal and the Fort Worth/Tarrant County MHMR scandal is that El Paso has a legitimate newspaper, the El Paso Times, that is covering the story. Another big difference between the two scandals is El Paso has a County Commissioner who is concerned about the actions of the leader of El Paso's MHMR.
Below is a blurb from an article in the El Paso Times....
After the board of directors was dissolved but before a new one could meet, the leader of the local mental health authority canceled an important contract and fired the agency's director of intake and crisis services.
Those actions and others by Gary Larcenaire could cause "chaos" inside El Paso Mental Health Mental Rehabilitation and harm its ability to serve the community's mentally ill, local leaders and mental health professionals said.
Read the entire "Moves by MHMR chief questioned" article in the El Paso Times.
Then ask yourself why the Fort Worth Star-Telegram does not function as a legitimate newspaper? It is sort of sad that a town with a population of over 700,000 does not have a real newspaper.
How would Fort Worth be different if Fort Worth had a newspaper like the El Paso Times. Or the Washington Post?
If Fort Worth had a legitimate newspaper could a corrupt mayor like Mike Moncrief have survived in office raking in millions of dollars from the gas drillers operating in his town?
If Fort Worth had a legitimate newspaper would the Trinity River Vision Boondoggle still be boondoggling along with the unqualified son of the local congresswoman running the project?
If Fort Worth had a legitimate newspaper would a CEO of a public agency, like Jim McDermott, be able to get away with his bullycrats tactics with no accountability?
If Fort Worth had a legitimate newspaper would there be a Paradise Center Scandal?
Tyranny flourishes in the absence of a powerful, free press. Fort Worth is the poster child city for that reality.