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Time to fully comply with FOIA?request

August 10, 2012
The Alpena News

When City Manager Thad Taylor was terminated by three members (quorum) of the Alpena Municipal Council, it was an action that had to have advanced discussion. At the actual meeting where the event occurred, what were the odds of three Council members voting to do this "out of the blue" with no forward planning? Was the action to terminate a coincidence of epic proportion? Common sense should tell all of us that there was a violation of the Open Meetings Act. This law was enacted to prohibit this sort of thing.

Innocence has a glow, an aura to it; thus a clear conscience fears nothing. There's no cloak and dagger. Complying with the FOIA request should've happened automatically by Karschnick and Nunnelley. Thinking that the consequences of this unjustified firing of a great City Manager would just "go away" was their second mistake. And the mistakes continue to accumulate. What is so damaging that cannot be released to the public? Methinks something's rotten in Denmark (and Alpena).

I implore Councilmen Karschnick and Nunnelley to comply fully with the FOIA request. It stands as a benchmark of their integrity. It is vitally important to the voters of this fine City that their trust be restored in their elected officials.

Where there's smoke, there's fire. Outright refusal to comply with a simple FOIA request is the smoke. Hundreds of certified voters see a big fire coming.

Jan Canode

(retired) Assistant to the

City Manager




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