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Board elections should be public

Nov 27, 2012 - Carl Niswonger, Riverton

Editor:

Well, it appears that the board of directors of the Riverton Senior Citizens Center has thumbed its collective nose at the citizens of Fremont County once again. Evidently this board had a hard time finding a Riverton citizen that met its criteria to serve on this elite board. Instead, they appointed a green-card carrying Canadian to the board and ignored qualified Riverton residents. That is a slap in the face of every U.S. citizen in Fremont County. The "good ol' boy" syndrome is alive and well in Riverton. Every U.S. Citizen in Fremont County should be up in arms and calling for the resignation of the board of directors of the RSCC.

One U.S. citizen, who has served as a volunteer at the senior center for years, was denied a position on the board because he did not fall into lock-step with the requirements to serve on the board. The requirements are very simple: (1) You must not disagree with anything that the members of the board say or do, (2) engage or even attempt to engage in a serious discussion of any issue or topic at an open meeting of the board. The board meeting is conducted behind closed doors and called an "executive session" and is never discussed in the open meeting. To disagree with this board of directors spells doom and seals your fate to never be considered for the board of director. If you come up with possible solutions to the numerous problems faced by the center, they will never be considered.

If you doubt any of this, you should attend the next few board meetings and then judge for yourself. But first, please go back and look at the minutes of their meetings for the past couple of years. You will see how totally the board has failed in its leadership responsibility to the seniors in this community and how many members have missed meetings. If you do attend, please remember that if you wish to speak at any of the meetings you must first submit a request to do so. And you will have no idea what the Board is going to address at that meeting. Several seniors were ready to make a rather large donation for the troubled transportation program at one of the board meetings and were denied the opportunity to even speak.

How much longer are the Citizens of Fremont County going to tolerate this dictatorial type of government? This is government without representation. Citizens, take action, and do it now before there is more injustice. Demand free elections for the board of directors of the Riverton Senior Citizens Center. The right to vote is basic to a free people!

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