This month’s North Country News has its regular sprinkling of homey gardening tips, misleading advertisements, and religious contemplations.
It also contains, as always, Vivien Johnson’s woeful flailing spin and desperate grasps at truth and the reality of the water district’s situation. This time, her particularly despicable andÂ manipulative editorial commentary comes in the form of completely and willfully misquoting herself and Cathy Nelson-Hood at a recent (Dec 20) water board meeting.
This was the marathon seven hour meeting which lasted until around 2am. The primary issue at this meeting was the dismissal of district GM Joesph Sherrill.
After a full slate of open session items, the board retired to closed session to discuss the performance ofÂ Mr. Sherrill, or lack thereof. Once they returned from the closed session portion, a vote was taken and the board decided 3-2 to dismiss Mr. Sherrill as GM. Predictably, Johnson and Nelson-Hood were the dissenting votes. I say predictably because they are they remaining members from the 2008-2010 board that gave Mr. Sherrill a 3 year contract with an 18-month buyout, in direct dismissal of Sacramento County’s LAFCo committee who asked that the board not award any long term contracts before the new board members were seated.
While still in session and on the record, in the discussion after the vote had been taken and the GM dismissed, Johnson and Nelson-Hood had some very divisive, uncooperative and just plain disturbing comments.
In this month’s NCN, Vivien writes;
Cathy Hood did not say that she would â€œcause the district to go bankrupt.â€ …
This is what Cathy said â€œI will do everything in my power to help the water district file bankruptcyâ€¦. before being taken over.â€
What Cathy Nelson-Hood REALLY said… straight from the horse’s mouth, is:
“I would… and for the rest of my life… until it’s done, I will make sure that this district files bankruptcy.”
Vivien continues by misquoting HERSELF!
She writes in the NCN:
Now my statement â€œYou have made the biggest mistake of your lives when you terminated the general manager. And I will make sure you regret it.â€
What she REALLY said, with much more venom and disgust than she alluded to, was:
“So I think, you three, are gonna regret this terribly… and I’ll tell you what.. I’m gonna do everything that I can to make sure that you do.”
So, this disturbing, yet unsurprising development raises a few questions;
First and foremost, why are YOU, dear readers, still reading the North Country News?
More pointedly, why are you still wasting your time to read it whenÂ it’s been proven, now with irrefutable video evidence, that she’s writing what she wants her readers to believe?
She’s not honest. She’s not truthful. She’s not trustworthy. She’s not ethical. To go so far as to blatantly fabricate quotes to sway her readers to her side of an issue that she is personally invested in… is unforgivable. She’s taking this community for a ride. She’s not even giving us the credit of basic intelligence.
She thinks her readers are too stupid to know, or find the truth.
As an advertiser, why are you still doing business with the NCN? Allowing the NCN to represent your business is an endorsement of the poor morals and ethics presented in its pages. Association with the NCN reflects badly upon your business.
As a retailer, why are you still allowing the NCN to be displayed in your place of business? Do you subscribe to the same lack of ethics and values that the NCN promotes every month? Is this the reputation you want your customers to perceive?