Monday, November 23, 2009

Telecomm Board Follies

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Certainly when I was on the Telecommunications Board I was aware of the criticism of the TB, but it seems as though some current members seem intent to  court  criticism each time they meet.

If the criticism had to do with actual substance, that would be one thing, but what has folks grousing is the style of the meetings, which sometimes are the very models of inefficiency.

Last week? Almost 20 minutes debating the time and date for a sub-committee meeting that afterwards no one seemed incline to sign up for?

This truly is Process over Progress.

The oddest part of the meeting came when a Telecomm Board member began to raise his camera and take pictures of people on the other side of the room - in particular, the C.A.T. Manager and a Government Channel employee who was manning one of the cameras that night.

All right, maybe he was taking shots for his Memory Book, but in the middle of the meeting? And honestly, he probably could have gotten a better picture of the individual from C.A.T. if had just done a screen capture on his computer at home, while watching the replay of the meeting on FGC.

Granted, it was a public meeting, and folks have the right to take any pictures they want, but how many other Fayetteville members of committees/boards begin taking taking flash pictures of speakers in the middle of a meeting - especially of individuals they have been at odds with in the past?

Is the Telecomm Board in danger of losing qualified members, because some discipline is not exerted at meetings?

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Quote of the Day

I object to intellect without discipline. I object to power without constructive purpose. - Spock, Star Trek, “The Squire of Gothos”

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On the Air - Sons of War

Douglas Andonian, producer of the documentaries Sons of War and Silent Quarry  will be my guest this week on C.A.T.

Sons of War was produced by Andonian as a tribute to his father, who fought in World War II.  Throughout his life, Andonian’s father refused to talk about his service in the war, except for his role in liberating the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria.

Seeking to better understand both his father - and by extension, himself - Andonian set about to make  these documentary films. By retracing his father’s footsteps, he tells an affecting story that has touched many people.

The interview includes clips from the documentaries, which were seen at the Sedona International Film Festival.

Show days and times

Monday (7pm)
Tuesday (noon)
Saturday (6pm)

C.A.T. is shown on Channel 18 of the Cox Channel line-up in Fayetteville.  

Those outside the Fayetteville viewing area can see the program online at:                                                                            
http://www.catfayetteville.org/

Programs online are shown in “real time,” meaning that they are shown at the same time as they are shown on C.A.T.

rsdrake@cox.net

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