By Samuel Bergeron
November 27, 2007
Good policy is made when we include all segments of the community
on our Boards and Commissions.
Mike Painter made a motion at last Monday nights Assembly meeting
to exclude Charlene Dima from participating in the Borough's
Planning Steering Committee because of her involvement as a sponsor
of the Jewelry Store Initiative. This should cause all of us
to wonder why a member of the Borough Assembly is trying to exclude
Charlene, a member of a free and open society who has the right
to bring forward ballot initiatives, from the downtown planning
Open aggression from a sitting Assembly Member towards someone
who is on opposite sides of a political issue, especially a past
issue, is wrong. Whatever his thoughts were when he attempted
to exclude Charlene; he was wrong to do so. He owes Charlene
and all of us an apology for attempting to limit the process
supposedly open to us all no matter what your political ideology
Roberts Rules of Order, a book of rules most deliberative bodies
abide by, calls for a diverse range of board members; it discourages
boards made up of the like minded. Let's not discourage anyone
from participating in our government because we don't like their
politics. Everyone has something to offer; let's not discourage
anyone who wants to get involved.
Thanks for listening.
About: "I'm a life-long
Alaskan and concerned citizen. I've served on the Borough Assembly
and KIC Tribal as Council President and as a Council Member.
I currently hold a seat on the Ketchikan City Council and the
Received November 22, 2007
- Published November 27, 2007
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