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Re: Domains registered to protect them from Hyack turmoil (letters, www.newwestnewsleader.com)
There’s an old adage: “... if you shout loud enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
This seems to be behind Bart Slotman’s endeavours to further his employer’s interests and those of his friends and employees within the Hyack organization, which I assume he would categorize as “non-rogue.” Such a pejorative, which he uses in place of their proper titles—Hyack executive members—seems unseemly as the four definitions I find of “rogue” are “vagrant,” “tramp,” “scoundrel” and “scamp.” Pray tell, Mr. Slotman which of these adjectives applies to which of the four Hyack executives?
First, by way of disclosure, I have been on the boards of many not-for-profit institutions, two of which had to dismiss their “chief civil servant.”
I am still bound by confidentiality agreements as to these dismissals and with Velcro lips, unlike some members of the Hyack board, take the confidentiality of in-camera proceedings seriously. The second disclosure is that I have friends on the Hyack board on both sides of these issues.
Having said that, I am writing here to protect my name. First, I am not now, nor have I ever been part of a P.R. machine in Hyackgate matters and it came as a surprise that I had been accused of being part of a “machine”—especially considering the editor of the newspaper controls what is printed and what is not. The only machine that seems to be active is the one in which NewsLeader editor Chris Bryan is a major cog, having freely expressed his editorial views on Hyack branding and related issues and his unbridled support for particular proponents.
If there is a powerful P.R. machine it consists of Bryan, Slotman and Smith. As to misinformation, perhaps Mr. Slotman can provide a list of “misinformations” attributable to me.
In closing, I spent my own money when I went with Hyack and the Westies to the Tacoma Salute to Military Service parade and neither sought nor would I accept any recompense for my doing something for my domain—which at that time was New Westminster.
It was a positive “good news” story which the NewsLeader chose not to cover, opting instead for the titillating imbroglio salaciously fueled by loose lips on the Hyack board.
E.C. “Ted” Eddy