Letter to the Editor

Citizen Forum

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Why is CE so threatened?


Carroll Electric's press statement that the one percent ratio required for member-initiated petitions is common within the industry and is geared to protect members from the threat of a hostile takeover is at best misleading and at worst insulting to its members.

The largest cooperative in the country with 236,000 members requires only 100 signatures for member-initiated board nominations.

Carroll Electric members obtained well over the one percent that Carroll Electric alleges is common within the industry. Unfortunately, the canvassers obtained only 242 district signatures and not Carroll Electric's required 250, which, by the way, is roughly 9 percent of Ms. Brewster's district, not 1 percent. Ms. Brewster was 8 signatures shy and denied a spot on Carroll Electric's board of directors ballot not because she failed to meet industry's standard, but because she failed to meet Carroll Electric's uncommon and seemingly arbitrary one.

I journeyed in and out of as many hollers as possible to obtain the 250 signatures from my district and, in the process, I met the most wonderful, genuine and kind folks you'll ever meet.

Hostile takeover? Members were nothing but amenable and cooperative when asked to sign a petition to simply place a member nominated candidate on the ballot. By doing so they exercised their right to have a choice and a voice. Why is that so threatening?

Dane Schumacher

CE focuses on eight signatures


I express my heartfelt gratitude to all Carroll Electric members who signed the petition to get my name on the ballot for the District 6 director election, and to all those who helped collect the signatures. Our incredible volunteers collected 1076 valid signatures on the petitions in 30 days.

I especially thank all the District 6 CE members who signed the petition. We collected 242 valid signatures on the petitions from District 6, representing over 8 percent of the entire district membership.

Carroll Electric is choosing to disregard these 242 signatures supporting the petition, and instead focus on a shortfall of 8 signatures in order to deny our petition.

We are, nevertheless, heartened by the huge show of support for having a choice in our CE Board elections. And we are hopeful that Carroll Electric will not continue to disregard the members' strong display of support for the democratic election of its directors.

Marcie Brewster

Handicap Inaccessibility


I am new to the area but here long enough to notice the diversity mantra that the city so much fosters: however, how is it that when I have handicapped relatives come visit, we cannot access a number of the establishments such as the Mud Street Café, which has 17 steps in the front and 12 steps in the back entry -- this kind of limiting access for handicapped I thought was not legal.

Have you, as a standard for the diverse, not considered that handicapped citizens also represent a diverse group, not a majority but a minority of the population that also faces discrimination, such as is apparent here re: access to public establishments... what say you?

Jim Sartoris

Good pizza, though


"Little Chicago?" Is wonderful Carroll County losing its friendliness, with our local politicians stirring up unnecessary resentments?

Are we becoming a corrupt Little Chicago? While some of our elected officials want to be in the "limelight" all the time (planning to run for higher office maybe?) others are content to do as little as possible, not even responding to calls and correspondence.

We deserve better.

Mrs. Elvis Lichti

Thanks from Morrells


We thank each and every person whose kindness, generosity, and prayers saw us through the last six months.

We really appreciated all the prayers, the food and groceries, the monetary gifts and the special cards. Thanks, also to those of you who took time out to sit with Shannon and donated your time for our family. We sincerely appreciate each of you. Thank you!

Nancy Morrell

A worthy Chair-ity


The Lovely County Citizen helped the Eureka Springs School of the Arts (ESSA) promote its 7th annual ReArt Chair-ity fundraiser, held last week at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. The event was a great success and party!

On behalf of ESSA's Board of Directors and staff, we sincerely thank our local newspaper and community -- artists, art supporters, teachers, students, volunteers, businesses and friends for their gorgeous donations of previously owned art work, antiques, and gift packages for our silent auction. More than 200 pieces of unique art found new homes. We also extend our thanks to the Inn of the Ozarks for hosting this event.

Auctioneer Leroy Gorrell brought life to the party during our live auction and kept the crowd roaring with laughter with witty commentary as he announced the fantastic ReArt chairs designed by several popular local artists.

Special thanks go to Doug Stowe, Dave McKee, Robert Norman, John Willer, Jan Echols, and Joanna Hanna for their fabulous donated chair art. We also want to thank Rachel Guillory and Glory Leggett of Clear Spring School, who created a wonderful "I'm Watching You" chair under the direction of Jessica Guillory.

Roger Muterspaugh, CEO

Praise for Goddess Gala


Recently I attended my first (the event's second) annual Tribal Goddess Gala Gourmet Dance Party at the Basin Park Hotel. I was much in need of a ladies' night out and had such a great time!

There was really delicious food, a nice setting, good live music, and wonderful camaraderie between women of very diverse ages and backgrounds. The entire event was full of positive feelings and just a lot of fun. The evening also had a spiritual and charitable component to round things out.

The costume option lent an air of gaiety and creativity to the night. I hope this event will get enough publicity to garner support for many years to come.

Darlene Gail Engebretsen

A Passion for Art


Those interested in great art, especially the young people here in our area, may not know of the wonderful and unusual assortment of artwork we have on the grounds of the Great Passion Play at our Sacred Art Center.

We have wonderful "old masters," some oil painings on linen and some even painted on tin and leather.

We have Spanish paintings, painting from the Netherlands, and paintings from Italy; we have Mosaics and tiles from all around the world; we even have fish bones and gun shell!

We have paintings dating back to the l500s and some as new as yesterday. We have sculptures made of salt and some made of just glue and sawdust that are absolutely beautiful. We have carvings made of sea foam and of marble, one even 1200 years old!

I invite you to come and let me help you find the hidden lion in one picture and the little wooden church built into a light bulb that still lights, up in another.

Pat Rapp

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  • In reply to Jim Sartoris;

    Since you cited Mud Street Cafe in your letter, I'll use that as an example. If you take a good look around the premises, you'll note that improving access for the handicapped is really not feasible. It would require a major restructuring of the building itself, and a large reduction of seating to install a ramp or elevator. This is not economically practical. It might not even be physically possible.

    As a former employee of Mud Street, I know quite well that no discrimination was ever intended toward the handicapped, and indeed, that the staff always tried their best to find a way to be accommodating to all visitors.

    And as far as other locations in the downtown area, the necessary changes to sidewalks, store entrances, and interior layouts would drive many businesses straight to the poorhouse. It would also completely alter the vintage appearance of Downtown, and cost the community much of its charm.


    Kirk Teeters

    -- Posted by scrawnyman on Sat, Apr 23, 2011, at 9:28 AM
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