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Monsters are still in the closet for patients

CHILE PAC’s half-hour infomercial titled “Breakdown” is an interesting entry into campaign debate.
Its subject is the human impact of the state Human Services Department’s shutdown of 13 behavioral health providers and their replacement with five Arizona firms.
Concerned Hispanics Involved in Legislative Empowerment used documentary techniques to take the audience inside the homes of people struggling to care for a mentally ill relative. It also gives a voice to providers who were disgraced and thrown out with no chance to defend themselves.
Aired recently, “Breakdown” is obviously aimed at Gov. Susana Martinez. Her campaign filed an ethics complaint with the Secretary of State’s Office that CHILE PAC hadn’t registered with the state or filed finance reports. (Imagine an outfit sitting on millions in dark money complaining about a trifling $4,500 spent on the spot.) Still, I credit the organizers for reminding us that this is about sick, troubled people.
We meet Gib Lovell, whose son Caleb is schizophrenic. After the state’s closure of Caleb’s accustomed provider, the new provider cut back on treatment and services. Lovell built a six-foot wall around his property. “If Caleb has a bad day,” he said, “I can keep my son out of harm’s way.”

Poll

How will you vote on the Charter Ballot?

Now that it's finished, what do you think of the county's $2.2 million improvement project for Ashley Pond?

What is THE one thing Los Alamos needs in order to become more attractive to potential residents and tourists?

This town needs more restaurants and night life.
14% (95 votes)
Los Alamos must have more up-to-date, attractive housing options.
3% (17 votes)
There should be a real mix of retail shopping opportunities.
8% (50 votes)
There cannot be just one, it needs to be a blend of all of the above.
61% (402 votes)
None of the above... Leave this town alone.
14% (92 votes)
Total votes: 656

How will you vote on the proposed 2-mil tax levy for UNM-LA?

Yes, I will support the proposed tax increase.
52% (90 votes)
No, I will not vote in favor of a tax increase.
48% (84 votes)
Total votes: 174

Should county officials prohibit the Los Alamos Monitor from placing a newspaper rack at the new municipal building?

Yes, it's their building and they should be able to control everything.
19% (136 votes)
No, the building belongs to taxpayers and there should be a news rack there.
70% (505 votes)
I'm not sure.
4% (30 votes)
I don't know, does the First Amendment really matter any more?
7% (50 votes)
Total votes: 721

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