Sunday, March 24, 2013
NWACC-What Happens to Their Whistle Blowers
This blog entry contains a letter from NWACC Whistle Blower, LTC Jim Parsons, to NWACC's Board of Trustees, a response to Parsons from NWACC's attorney, George Rhoads, and a news article published in The Benton County Daily Record, all pertaining to the same subject.
For more information on LTC Jim Parsons, read our blog entry titled, "Why NWACC Board Members Keep Quiet" and "Our Board Picks".
State Affiliate of Christian Educators Association International
Jim Parsons, State Director ACEA
December 22, 1994
Dear NWACC Board of Trustees Member:
I tried to tell you some of these things and you fired me for it. Pamella Midgette tried to inform you of some of these issues and you fired her. Now is another group of whistle blowers and I suppose that you will want to kill these messengers, too. Is your method of solving problems one of silencing everyone and then there will be no more problems?
It seems that you do not welcome anyone on campus that might have a difference of opinion than your own. In today’s Arkansas Democrat Gazette Governor Jim Guy Tucker in responding to questions regarding the Joycelyn Elders issues was quoted as saying, “Obviously, what you do on your own time is still your business in this country.” Apparently, you do not agree with that and you want all NWACC students and employees to agree with your opinions 100 percent or you will remove them. And, by Don White’s being Chairman of the Benton County Democrat Party, we know what those opinions are.
In an editorial titled Judge Teaching Abilities in The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas dated December 18, 1994 the article states, “It should be noted here that colleges and Universities are places to exchange diverse ideas, not limit them. Liberals and conservatives alike should have the right to hold and express ideas on college campuses”. We know for a fact that this is not the philosophy of the NWACC President or the Board of Trustees. I hope that you will give me more than two minutes this time to try to resolve some of these problems.
State Director ACEA"
On December 3, 1998, LTC Jim Parsons received this letter from NWACC’s attorneys, Matthews, Campbell, Rhoads, McLure & Thompson of Rogers, Arkansas, stating…
“Dear Mr. Parsons:
Dick Trammel has forwarded your November 27 letter to me for reply. You requested to have two minutes on the December  Board agenda to talk about freedom of speech. That is not a proper agenda item.”
Are these NWACC attorneys suggesting that our red, white, and blue American first amendment right to freedom of speech is not our legal right? Do they not understand that our first amendment right is as important as our second amendment right?
This letter continues with, “By removing the Trustee Comments item from the agenda a few months ago, the Board of Trustees expressed its desire not to have speeches of a personal, political nature on the agenda. You may discuss your personal, political issues at any other time, but you may not clutter the business of the Board with your personal issues”.
Our first amendment right to confronting NWACC with their corrupt practices is not of a personal or political nature. NWACC changes its policies and procedures whenever they need to hide their corrupt personal agendas. NWACC did not want these issues to be publicized, which would have been had LTC Parsons been able to present his story to the board. This letter is signed by Attorney George R. Rhoads
On December 9, 1998, The Benton County Daily Record published this article, “Parsons’ complaint not on agenda… Jim Parsons, a Northwest Arkansas Community College Board of Trustee member [who was fired for whistleblowing], contends that two official letters from NWACC administrators to staff members are “concrete” examples of First Amendment freedom of speech suppression at NWACC.”
“Parsons’ complaint about freedom of speech, though, will not be placed on the December board agenda. In a letter dated Nov. 27, addressed to board chairman Dick Trammell, Parsons requested two minutes on the December agenda to discuss the two letters.”
“Nwacc attorney George Rhoads addressed a reply to Parsons stating that freedom of speech is not a ‘proper agenda item’. Rhoads went on to explain that by removing the trustee comments item from the agenda a few months earlier, the board expressed ‘its desire not to have speeches of a personal, political nature on the agenda’”.
LTC Jim Parsons was eventually fired for attempting to right the wrongs of NWACC. Are there not "Whistle Blower" protection laws? And if so, then NWACC, once again, clearly broke the law.