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Don Schlessinger

So some want to make it easier to stack the board with yes men?

Miceal O'Laochdha

A non-voting member of the Board of Pilot Commissioners is an utterly useless position and if Rees actually believed it was a reasonable compromise, he is indeed too naïve for the position he holds. This "compromise" could only have been intended to PREEMPT any true input into pilot matters by the Wharves Board now and in the future and Jim Yarbrough was absolutely on target to request that the proposal be pulled by Taylor. It would be a set-back, not a step forward. I do not think Rees is at all naïve. On the contrary, it has become increasingly apparent over the last year that he is a shrewd empire-builder; and both the Wharves Board and Galveston at large should be on guard. And this quote from the article: “Rees on Thursday said he made a mistake by not reading the contract and not realizing that its terms exceeded his limits.” is very disturbing. If our Port Director does not READ a contract that he signs and does not know that it exceeds his authority, then he is incompetent. If, on the other hand, this statement is disingenuous, then he cannot be trusted. Which is it? Rees came to Galveston on the strength of his former job as a Chief Financial Officer of another port. Can we believe a CFO can’t tell the difference between 50 and 64 when entering into a contract?

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