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Thad Taylor’s firing generates two points

August 17, 2012
The Alpena News

The firing of Thad Taylor has generated much debate. That debate has solidified into two central points. These two points were discussed by two readers in the Letter to the Editor page of 8/11/12.

Mr. Peltier writes that Mr. Taylor was terminated through due process.

Ms. Canode writes that she finds it highly unlikely a quorum vote (the first step in Mr. Peltier's "due process") could have arranged itself without violating the Open Meetings Act.

The Open Meetings Act was written and passed to assure transparency in government. The terms of Mr. Taylor's contract aren't subject to the OMA. The upstream political process that resulted in a quorum vote, however, is.

If you agree, as I do, that Ms. Canode has a valid point, Mr. Peltiers point becomes irrelevant.

Gary Knudson




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