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Don Schlessinger

" What the four trustees seem to be advocating for is a board that speaks with one voice, determined by the majority, on all issues whether the individual members all agree with that position or not."----EXACTLY!

David Schuler

I see this rules change as the Credible Threat that might result in all these titanic egos playing nicer with one another.

Bill Cochrane

I agree with Michael Smith. But let’s call it what it is. It appears that Maxwell and DeVries don’t have the backbone to stand up against obvious issues and problems that Rees has caused. Instead they want to shoot the messenger. O’Rourke is a lot of things, but a lawyer he is not. A banker he is not. A CPA he is not. What O’Rourke is, and has always been, is a normal, everyday common sense guy that cares deeply about the Port and Wharves. Maybe a little too much. But is too much really a bad thing. No one seems to mind the questions and concerns of Beeton? She’s a bulldog in her own right. As far as I’ve heard O’Rourke hasn’t made any remarks about Rees that started out “The Board”. O’Rourke sees a wrong and simply states it, mistakenly thinking that the other board members will take their heads out of the sand and support him, but they can’t rise to the occasion. I think having a chairman that will never be asleep at the wheel is good for the Board and Galveston. If other members of the board don’t want oversight then they should resign and let someone else step up.

Miceal O'Laochdha

There is no need for the Board as a whole to "muzzle O'Rourke", or for worries that only majority positions can be publicized. What is likely to ease the abrasive situation between the Chairman and other Trustees is clarity on when he (or any other Trustee) is speaking for themselves personally vs. when they are making a public statement of an official Board position. The newspaper reporters and editors can and should play a role, along with individual Trustees, in ensuring this differentiation is clear in print. The Board needs to resolve this concern and focus on their $270k+ employee because it is no longer clear who answers to whom. The relentless public praise the Port Director has enjoyed since arrival on the Island may be having unintended consequences.

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