$(document).ready(function() { $(window).scroll(function() { if ($('body').height() <= ($(window).height() + $(window).scrollTop()+500)) { $('#upnext').css('display','block'); }else { $('#upnext').css('display','none'); } }); });
Not-for-Profit, Award-Winning Community News and Views for Windham County, Vermont • Since 2006
Voices / Letters from readers

‘Alarmist, dogmatic, and rife with inaccuracies’

RE: “Losing our principles” [Viewpoint, Jan. 14]:

My experience as a member of the Putney Food Co-op is that it does reflect its cooperative principles in its week-in, week-out operations. It is also a highly community-minded and generous little co-op!

The commentary is alarmist, dogmatic, and rife with inaccuracies.

The author’s frequent use of an unspecified “us,” assumptions about progressive beliefs in Vermont, lack of a definition of democracy and of offending new by-law language, and collection of dreadful stories about other co-ops distracts from the single issue.

That issue: Some co-op members have requested that the board take a closer look, along with interested members, after a controversy arose at the annual meeting in November when the revised bylaws were presented.

The consulting company did not demand that the co-op revise its bylaws, and in no way is the co-op “in the process of being co-opted by a large corporate entity.” CDS Consulting, the consulting firm, is actually a co-op!

At this point, I am optimistic that the co-op bylaws will benefit from a review by board and interested co-op members.

Louise Garfield
Putney

Like what we do? Help us keep doing it!

We rely on the donations and financial support of our readers to help make The Commons available to all. Please join us today.

What do you think? Leave us a comment

Editor’s note: Our terms of service require you to use your real names. We will remove anonymous or pseudonymous comments that come to our attention. We rely on our readers’ personal integrity to stand behind what they say; please do not write anything to someone that you wouldn’t say to his or her face without your needing to wear a ski mask while saying it. Thanks for doing your part to make your responses forceful, thoughtful, provocative, and civil. We also consider your comments for the letters column in the print newspaper.

Comments

We are currently reconfiguring our comments software. Please check back if you’d like to read or leave comments on this story. —The editors

Originally published in The Commons issue #289 (Wednesday, January 21, 2015). This story appeared on page D2.

Share this story

Related stories

More by Louise Garfield