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Practice civility

By Staff | Feb 5, 2009

To the editor,

I attended one of the more poorly managed meetings of the CCA on Jan. 27, 2009.

In his preamble, the Board Chair admonished the audience to practice civility even when disagreeing with fellow members concerning a certain issue. Yet not 10 minutes into the meeting, he strongly criticized a member, even to the point of several personal attacks.

When fellow members raised issues or asked questions, they were frequently interrupted in mid-sentence.

After presentation of the financial report, when questioned regarding the salary of the Executive Director, we were informed that this was not available because of “privacy issues.” Should members not be privy to operational expenses including salaries? Has the CCA adopted the business practices of the Wall Street banking establishment?

When leaving the meeting and speaking with several other members, they too felt equally insulted. I may attend another meeting someday, but only when the organization abandons its philosophy of “The floggings will continue until morale improves.”

David W. Nelson

Captiva