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8/23/2013 6:00:00 AM
TIMES EDITORIAL: The Times encourages your input; does anyone else?

It's interesting how a handful of folks use our website comment section to accuse the Times of being unfair and inaccurate in our reporting.

It doesn't matter how many documents we post in support of our stories; court records, emails, audio recordings, someone will throw in the opinion that we're liars and try to rewrite the story so that it favors their agenda while accusing us of being the ones with an agenda.

Do they realize at all that it's the Times that is providing the forum in which they're responding? What could be fairer than that?

Still, they try to steer our readers to other media forums where they claim that you can "hear the real truth." That's all fine and well with us, go check them out, but ask yourself this: Does that website, radio station or whatever media it may be, provide a forum where you can respond with your opinion?

The answer is no. You can't write a letter, you can't post a comment, and you can't even call in and question the speakers. Everything is scripted and they will spoon feed you the information they want you to have while blaming the Times for people getting a message different from the disinformation they're spewing.

The truth is this; when you're lying to people you don't want them to question you. That's why certain individuals running our town like to use other media to spread their propaganda - because it's on a forum where they won't have to answer any difficult questions.

Unfortunately for them, we here at the Times ask the hard questions of them... and they hate us for it. We're not afraid to stand up and speak out on any subject, no matter how controversial or divisive. It's our ethical duty to be the voice for the people of the community whom the elitists that run our town are ignoring and who hate it when those people seek answers.

But at the same time, the Times is the only local media source that allows the public to question what it reports. Again, what could be fairer than that?

So next time you read a comment that questions our credibility or someone says, "they only report one side of the story," ask them who else in town is freely allowing people to publicly respond to what they're reporting? Who else is allowing them to comment on their website or in the newspaper? What other organization answers your phone calls and provides answers to your questions?

Our editorial page is open to opposing views. Regular readers might remember that the Times on April 2 published a 1,257-word essay from Dean J. Smith, attorney for the hospital's Medical Executive Committee defending it against critical comments.

That opportunity is open to all comers. Let them bring their defenses of their actions and documentation about the Times' sins of omission and commission forward, and the Times will publish them word for word.

But where are the city manager, the police chief, or the members of the Palo Verde Valley Hospital Board who vehemently disagree with us?

At the Palo Verde Valley Times you can call the editor's cell phone (760-218-4487) any time you want and you'll get an answer or you'll get a timely call back. We want to hear from you. We want to hear your opinion. We want to answer your questions.

Try calling the other media around town or better yet, your City Hall leaders who seem to control most of the other media outlets. We guarantee they're not willing to post their cell phone number in the most popular media forum in Blythe and the Palo Verde Valley. That would be us - pvvt.com and the Palo Verde Valley Times. They don't want to hear from you and that's why they stay clear of the Times and warn you to stay away as well.

If you want the truth, read the Times and if you have questions about what we print, contact us: online, email, phone, on the streets or stop by our office. We're more than glad to talk to you or publish your viewpoints.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Phantom Nose

Good leaders listen to criticism even if they disagree. Those who suffer from the arrogance of power are so sure of their righteousness that the dismiss those who disagree as ignorant or uninformed or worse. Too many of our local officials (they aren't leaders) suffer from arrogance.

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: @ chico's mom

You got it momma I trust the paper to be true..And that is because it has been proven the hospital board members and doctor have been caught in lies...You go right ahead and support them...

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Let's See

When a community only has 1 newspaper and only 1 editor is it really fair to anyone? Snarky comments on a blog hardly creates balanced reporting so I call bogus on your fairness sermon.

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Weete

Good point. Where else is there an opportunity in Blythe to voice your opinion - even anonymously for all to see? As you know, I expresses myself - once - at a Hospital board. I had eight tires slashed. Our police department failed to catch the villain behind it, but then, that wasn't expected, the situation being what it is here. The point is, this newspaper invites you to comment. The only thing is, which is to protect the writers AND the newspaper, is there are rules which ALL writers have to abide by. Frankly, I am not so sure we HAVE "free speech" in America because some of us apparently want to say things that they are afraid that customers won't like, or something their boss might disagree with, or even something their mothers might be embarrassed by. In America it is "okay" to disagree with somebody, and even healthy. IF we are to actually take responsibility for what we say. Free speech has become in many cases just a venue for spewing hate without accepting responsibility for what we say. I just read today that the Huffington Post is establishing a new policy whereby by ALL communications with them have to have the writer's actual name. I agree. If we are going to say something that might be "offensive" to people who are truly important to us, then, apply the Thumper rule: "If ya can't thay nothin' nice, don't thay nothing' at all." I also want to commend Mr. Evans for his continued efforts to make it known that he is inviting his constituents to contact him about concerns. If he, like a number of others on the council or staff only listen to their buddies, they are NOT representing the people who elected them, are they?

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Suggestion to the Times

Dear Editor: I'm curious, just how many Blythe citizens generally care about what is going on in their community?

Regarding the welfare of the City, Hospital, School Board, College Board, etc. Why doesn't the Times run a poll to see if there is a genuine concern in our local affairs?

I bet the majority of the people are full of apathy and there is a large disconnect, they are not willing to make a difference.

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: The shaddow knows

This article is spot on! The persons that put the paper down for allowing freedom of speech are the ones that don't like hearing the truth. I don't listen to the radio or pay attention to those flyers that the doctors in this town sent out, but I do enjoy reading the PVVT. I don't always agree with the comments but I do agree that people are intitled to speak their mind! Good job!

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: just me

The answer is no...The reason is that forces them to be honest something very hard for them to do....All these radio talks doesn't prove a thing...Lies can be told any where...You can see them on paper or hear it over the air or be present when the lie is being told....Lets see how many questions will be asked and how many will be answered truthfully...The C.E.O is trying to build a good reputation for the hospital and the good doc...I guess that is what she was hired for... Not patient care...

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Pratt

Well said, and well done Mike. May be the first thing I have ever agreed with you on. This is a (deleted) editor who constantly gets caught in the cookie jar. Rather that do it right he redirects his lack of concern and ability another direction while failing to see the need for self improvement. You get what you pay for. My subscription to the PVVT is not being renewed and I recommend that others consider the value for their buck. With the "Sermon on Fairness & Impartiality" having been stated, we will now see how sincere it was.

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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Chico's Mom

Granted, the newspaper allows public feedback but many people believe that everything that is stated in the newspaper has to be the truth-and therefore automatically believe it. Please notice that nowhere in the above article does it state that the information in the editorials (by the editor) is not biased or one sided or even the truth- it only reiterates that public feedback is available. I personally hope that the editor continues his editorials because the more he writes the more obvious it becomes that he is presenting a one sided-biased opinion and not the truth.

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Mike Evans

For the record, a very wise man once said:

Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people's idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.
Winston Churchill

I can be reached on my cell phone 24-7. If I do not answer , leave a message and I will get back with you A.S.A.P. I can also be reached by email.
I understand that I work for the people and Im the voice of the people!

Blythe City Councilman Mike Evans
Email: mevans@cityofblythe.ca.gov
Cell (909) 915-4199

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