Punished by county for speaking out?

June 17, 2013 

Mascoutah dentist Ken Brosh thinks St. Clair County blacklisted him for criticizing the handling of a federal grant program, and he's probably right.

That's how highly politicized, one-party systems usually work. For 17 months Brosh received more than 30 percent of the money spent on a dental voucher program to help the poor, then abruptly in May 2012 he was persona non grata. No patients have been sent to him since.

It certainly fits the pattern of what three whistleblowers in the grants department have said about the retaliation they say they have experienced after pointing out problems.

Maybe there is some other explanation, but unfortunately Grants Department Director Debra Moore and County Board Chairman Mark Kern won't provide it. They were unavailable for comment on this story, just as they have been with stories about the whistleblowers.

It's too bad, because county residents and taxpayers are forming opinions based on partial information. Of course, highly politicized, one-party systems don't always care what people think.

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