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OPALCO leaves no room for dissent… What's up with that? | Letters

OPALCO’S Board of Trustees and/or its management have managed to convey the idea that it is up to no good.

Here are examples of this: It was announced on the handout at the annual meeting that people wanting to speak would be allowed one minute to do so. Then they didn’t allow anyone from the floor to speak.

There was only one slightly divergent point of view mentioned in the meeting in a written question.

The threatening of John Bogert and Bob Jarman by lawyers from OPALCO never came up. It would be interesting to know what the reasons for intimidating them to be silent were.

Was it because they are inherently untrustworthy people? Were they going to reveal things embarrassing to the board, or, were they going to reveal matters that are legitimately kept private such as financial negotiations. If so why wasn’t that reason stated?

There have been comments that the board has used executive sessions, where the public is excluded, to excess.

The proposed board regulation to prevent board members from talking about matters which haven’t been decided by the board is still another example of giving off the feeling that they have something to hide.

Further confusing matters is that board regulation No. 1 is on OPALCO’S web site as if it is in force, and yet, in talking to board members I am told that it hasn’t been adopted. Is that the regulation which was the basis for lawyers threatening Bob Jarman and John Bogert?

Two competent and knowledgeable people have resigned from the board recently and a third person was discouraged from running.

That is suggestive of problems on the board which need explanation and airing.

Gabriel Jacobs/Shaw Island


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