To the Editor:

I am puzzled about being the target of a critical news article and opinion column in the Sun-Commercial. The writer focused on my email, sent to all City Council members, about an appointment to be made to the Pantheon Education Center Board of Directors. The writer insinuated that my email hindered transparency in conducting Council business and could be in violation of the Open Door Act.

For the record, no one from the Sun-Commercial asked me about the email, and if your reporter had, I would have shared it with her.

In the spirit of the quote featured on your Opinion page, let me share the email that has been condemned, including an earlier email that encouraged Council members to seek qualified candidates for this important position. For I too agree with Abraham Lincoln, “Let the people know the facts and the country will be saved.”

Feb. 13 email

To City Council members:

The City Council has one appointment on the new 11-member Pantheon Educational Center, Inc. Board of Directors. I request that all of us consider this during the next two weeks so that we can vote on this appointment during our Feb. 25 meeting.

According to the Bylaws, the purpose of PEC is “to advance educational and scientific opportunities and methodologies in fields of study that are underdeveloped, but vital to the economic development and livelihood of the local geographic area of Southern Indiana.”

This is a 4-year appointment.

Duane

Nine days later, I sent the following email:

Feb. 22 email:

To Vincennes City Council:

On Monday I plan to nominate Dr. Jennifer Pacheco to be the City Council appointment to the Pantheon Education Center Board of Directors.

I have had extensive discussions with her and can assure you that she fully understands the importance of keeping the City Council informed about the PEC and welcomes our opinions. She has extensive experience in working for Boards so she is quite familiar with this.

Upon reviewing her resume, I am sure you will agree that she has an ideal background, both academically and professionally, including both private business and non-profit leadership roles, which will make her a valuable member of the PEC Board. She is also committed to fulfilling the goals and mission of the PEC.

I welcome your feedback on her nomination. I am sure that Jennifer would be glad to talk to you also. In terms of discussions with her, please understand that she is attending the Lady Patriot game on Saturday.

I would appreciate your support for this nomination.

Duane

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