This is a letter Jane Christy sent to the Daily Journal, responding to lies Lou is telling about the Independent Leaders’ service as freeholders. The bolded part will not be published because the DJ says it does not want to be sued by CVS. Jane offered documentation on the judgment against CVS/Caremark (we reported this as well, see “Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth” posted on March 19]. Then the DJ said it would take too long to check the facts. The “facts” are readily available through an internet search. Is the DJ censoring to protect Lou, or is it just lazy?
This comes from the paper that had no problem printing Lou’s lies without fact checking. And which also presents Lou as a key player in the new solar panel manufacturing plant opening in Millville — another lie, since he had nothing to do with it.
Here’s Jane’s letter:
To The Editor:
Re: Lou Magazzu’s quotes from The Daily Journal’s article, “Dems focused on economic development” that appeared Monday, October 26, 2009.
Just because Mr. Magazzu says it, doesn’t make it true.
1. There is no record of me voting as a member of the Cumberland County Freeholder Board to oppose the prescription card program. I did question the company, CVS Caremark’s contracting practices and Caremark Inc., which pleaded guilty and paid approximately $161 million in criminal fines, civil restitution and damages for kickbacks and fraud in its home infusion, oncology, hemophilia and human growth hormone businesses in June 1995.
In addition, since the card is available from CVS, we should ask Mr Magazzu why we paid to promote the card. He contracted for space to advertise on several billboards throughout the county for three months, which usually costs about $500 per billboard per month. Postage to mail the cards to every household in the county cost taxpayers $23,000. I understand the cards are free for the asking at CVS.
Anther hidden cost is the County Department of Health staff keeping records of the card activity.
Do your readers know that several pharmacies in the county give “freely” for certain prescriptions for antibiotics? Just a few phone calls can save our residents money.
2. Regarding Mr. Magazzu’s claim that Bruce Peterson and I opposed the 5-cent tax cut. He is wrong again. We opposed the then Freeholder Director, Douglas Rainear’s “zero” budget. The budget surplus was so low that it caused Standard and Poors to drop our Bond rating, which resulted in all future bonds costing the county more money.
That’s an example of why it is not a good idea to have the County Democrat Chair also serve as an elected official. It’s too difficult to separate the two.
Voters need to change Cumberland County’s Freeholder leadership on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Jane Y. Christy
Independent Leader for Freeholder