Letter to the Editor

Diversity Council duct tape

To the editor: This is the most incompetent unacceptable solution of a quick fix.

Leadership is currently unable to fill the vacant seats — 15 seats as stated in the bylaws of Ordinance 5939, established in March 2014.

The Fairbanks Diversity Council was established, among many duties, primarily to promote equal opportunity to all members of the Fairbanks community.

Is it fear, ignorance or lack of concern for citizen rights that decided to take the shortcut solution to amend the seats representing our people?

There sits on a desk in City Hall a healthy stack of interested applications from all walks of life committing to sincerely represent, to offer advice, guidance and of hope, for the betterment of our Fairbanks diverse populations, without any compensation.

Everyone who signs on to become a member of the Diversity Council does this with pure spirit and from the heart.

Believe me, when I say it’s not the lack of applicants. The inability to retain and embrace the current members is the problem.

There is blatant disrespect, lack of empathy, impatience, personal agendas, continuous fabrications, nonapologetic attitudes, lack of transparency to mention a few reasons why well-qualified, dignified, respected and valuable members resign.

How are we to react when leadership tosses their most dearest under the bus?

This is a difficult situation for all involved.

We have been defrauded by this shortcut move. This solves nothing. It’s cheating. It’s wrong, and for those of you who agreed to this, shame on you.

Your names will forever be remembered for broken promises.

Stand tall, apologize and correct the issues. As a leader, accept responsibility, make the Fairbanks Diversity Council strong again, embrace all who enter the chambers and respect all who voice their concerns.

It is a necessity to start fresh, with dignity and support from our all-inclusive population.

No more duct tape on any situation you find yourself overwhelmed with.

I promise you, we are all here for each other — have been and will always be.

Just open your heart and eyes.

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