I have started this post/email about a dozen times now. I get about 2 pages in and then I toss it away. I am having an extremely difficult time writing this. Then last night I had to sit down and ask myself why? Why is it so hard to just share my opinion and move on? I have no issue that there will be some that disagree with me. At this point I think I would just be happy if there were more people that were passionate enough to disagree or even agree with me. But the lack of discussion that I am seeing around the internet disturbs me. Ok, Maybe I should back up a bit.
There was a bit of a controversy during the last PASS election that got a number of bloggers doing their thing. Then during the PASS Summit there was an announcement of a group that was formed to look at the process that created this controversy. What surprises me is that since the controversy I have seen little about the topic other than this small group of people willing to look at how PASS does a couple things. Wait…. I am being vague again.
There was a question about who we (members of PASS) were allowed to vote for. There is one person that I am aware of who wanted to continue with the amount of work that he does for the community by serving on the PASS board. He decided to run for the board, but for one reason or another he was not on the ballot (specific reasons as to why he was not on the ballot were not disclosed). I have talked with a number of the board members to see why this name was absent from the ballot. The short answer is that the decision was made after the individual did an interview during the election process.
Full Disclosure here…
I know the person whom I speak of that wanted to be on the board. And I know a number of the board members. I think very highly of many of the people impacted here.
Back to where I started…
So as I have tried to sit and write this time after time all I can think about is all the points I want to make. What PASS should do, what I should do and what I should say. I do believe that as a member of PASS or any organization I have a responsibility. A couple of my responsibilities are:
- I need to vote. I must make sure that I am given the opportunity to say who should lead and who I would like to follow.
- I need speak my mind, I need to share my opinion about things that I think are wrong or not done in a method that I believe is right.
I believe that as an organization we need to come out and make a statement. You choose to what statement you would like to make, but make one. Read what the members of this group are trying to accomplish and then be heard. For more information check out this link. On the right side of the page is a list of everyone that is on the Election Review committee. Send them a note and let them know what you think. If you are still unsure what I am talking about, well that is fine. The past is the past, make sure that you voice is heard for the future. What statement am I making? It’s simple, it’s clear and it’s direct.
I believe that If I have all the information, I can judge candidates equally, I can make an educated decision, I want to make that decision for myself and I don’t want to be limited on the options that I have. I believe that I should be able to make the decision on the leaders which I follow.
So there it is, that is what I want. Please understand I have had a number of disturbing discussions with many people that have been involved with this. What makes this disturbing? The fact that people are not making a firm statement, tell the people on this committee what you think is fair and what you want.
I don’t care if you agree with me. I don’t care if you disagree with me. But if you choose to not make a decision or you choose to not share your opinions with someone on the committee, don’t expect to feel like you have been represented in this process.