2008-11-14 / Letters

History In The Making

Dear Editor,

For the first time in Dayton's Beach Park #1 Co-Op 40+ year history, not just two but six African Americans have been seated on Dayton's Board of Directors. For the first time in Dayton's history there is not just an African American as the President of the Board but a black Vice President as well. Pathetic to say it took gross mismanagement and a huge deficit to bring this about.

As I took a seat in the audience to witness this event, I was disgusted by the murmurs and comments that I heard. This was not by just a few scattered individuals, but entire "family clans" clustered together for the sole purpose of heckling. On my way into the meeting one board member handed out hate mail she received in an effort to discourage her. I read them after I left the meeting. Behind the fences of these five buildings, society would not believe what lurks here… While I say congratulations to these new members, I do not envy them. They have a rough road ahead of them, with all the known and specifically the unknown corruption here at Dayton Co-Op. I want to thank Jennifer and Hazel for their courage, persistence, and perseverance and to let them know that there are shareholders in Dayton that are worth fighting for.

M. RIVERA

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