I first realized how important freedom of the press was when I was in the Army during the Vietnam era.
We had an incident on base. Many military personnel knew we were being harshly controlled and treated wrongly. I contacted a major newspaper, The San Francisco Examiner, and an article exposed what was happening. It changed policy completely. Now 40 years later, 9% pay cuts were unjustly imposed for four years on over 6,000 employees Fresno County employees.
If the contract regarding wages had been left as-is, there would not have been a breach of contract. The Board of Supervisors violated the contract by lowering wages before the contract was up, and violated the law.
The board wants county personnel to drop their fight to right this wrong even though they themselves accepted a gluttonous raise.
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We live in an imperfect world, but freedom of the press gets information out there — to make it a better world.