We have been watching in amazement as readers weigh in on two hot topics in the news. A story on Alabama’s chiropractic association survey on expansion of scope of practice generated a great deal of passionate comment. But that paled in comparison to the lively debate still ongoing about New Mexico’s Bill HB 127, which also seeks to allow qualified chiropractors to prescribe controlled medications, among other expansions of practice.
We read these discussions with interest and talk about them in our editorial meetings at Chiropractic Economics, because your voices matter. We can better meet your needs when we know what you think is important, and we can make better decisions about content when we understand where areas of contention and controversy exist. We encourage readers to engage in these kinds of frank and open exchanges of opinion.
It is not our policy to favor one side or another in such debates, however, and some commentators have questioned whether our publication is biased, inasmuch as we may be reporting news that is in itself slanted. Our mission is to keep you informed of news and information that may affect your practice and your success in the field. We make no attempt to “balance” the news we find; we go where the stories are and follow them where they lead, trusting that you – the readership – will be able to interpret them in context.
Responses to us here in the blogs, on our news pages, on Facebook, and on Twitter, demonstrate the kind of active, two-way flow of information that marks modern-day publications in a fully wired era. My request to you: don’t hold back. Speak strongly for yourself and your profession. You have an attentive audience.