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Chamber Lunch
By Laura Plenert


April 14, 2007

I was at the Chamber lunch on 4/4/07. Mr. Skinner went above and beyond to make sure that there was civil discourse. He spoke before and after Mr. Leiben, asking the crowd (and the room was packed) to be civil in their questions/comments and then thanked the crowd for their civility. He also thanked Mr Leiben for coming. Mr. Skinner was also very clear when he spoke about which comments were from him as an individual and which comments were from the Chamber President.

Mr. Leiben was asked at this meeting for an explanation into the reasons for firing Mr. Martin. He wouldn't give a direct answer. The community has the right to ask these questions and to expect real answers. This still hasn't happened. As School Board President, Mr. Leiben can and should speak for the board. He should give forthright answers to his constituents.

I have seen more support for Mr. Martin than against. Yet the School Board went against community voices and requests and fired him. If the School Board members are comfortable with their reasoning and decision to fire Mr. Martin, they should share particulars with the community.

The Chamber luncheons are open to the public. Please come and share you views there, rather than speculate on what was said after the fact.

Laura Plenert
Ketchikan, AK

Received April 13, 2007 - Published April 14, 2007




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