Chamber guests deserve a
By Joann Flora
January 20, 2006
I was shocked beyond words as I read the front page article
concerning the Chamber lunch. To think that guests of our Chamber
of Commerce would be verbally attacked and abused during a presentation
is appalling. The arrogant, angry things Mr. Conley said to and
about Mr. Rubin and Ms. McCreary were without merit and insulting.
I congratulate them for caring enough about their community and
their neighborhood to actively participate in the discussions
and planning. That they want to assist other affected residents
in becoming participants is noteworthy. Have we grown
so divided as a community that we can no longer discuss what
is best for US? Tourists come and go, they are part of our economic
picture, but this is our home. This is where we work, raise our
families, and interact with our neighbors. Everyone should be
able to express their opinion without being threatened by those
who live in fear that they won't get their way.
I was also personally offended by Mr. Conley's negative reference
to non-profit groups. I am an active member of four non-profits
and contribute to countless others. A non-profit group carried
in our flag at the Chamber Banquet this past weekend and the
director of a non-profit received an award. The non-profit groups
in Ketchikan improve the quality of our lives in ways that nothing
else can. They enhance our education, entertainment, socialization,
youth programs, and community health. Our economic status may
allow us to live here, but our non-profits make us want
Dave Rubin and Bobbie McCreary deserve a public apology
from J.C. Conley and the Chamber organization.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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guests wouldn't typically expect to be treated in an ornery or
inhospitable manner, however two guests speaking before the Greater
Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce Wednesday faced a scorching verbal
crossfire from a chamber member interrupting their presentation.
Friday - January 20, 2006
Clarifies Position Regarding Member's Remarks - Friday the
Board President of the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce
clarified the Chamber's position regarding inappropriate statements
made by one of its members, J.C. Conley, at the organization's
luncheon meeting Wednesday. - More...
Friday PM - January 20, 2006
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