[Vision2020] NSA's Violent Rhetoric

Darrell Keim keim153 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 11 11:40:53 PST 2010

That is a good question, Nick.

When I was Executive Director I did not set policy.  I enacted the policy as
set by the Board of Directors.

My personal feelings remain:  Even if I don't like it, as long as they are
legal they can represent themselves as they like.

However, as you intimate, there is a larger issue here.  That is how this
publicity effort reflects on Moscow in general, and its business community
in particular.

With that said:

If I had received a complaint about it from a Chamber member, or thought
there was a possible policy violation:  I would have brought the
issue/complaint to the Executive Committee and reviewed Chamber policy
towards what was allowed (I don't recall specifics, but they do reserve the
right to remove businesses from membership for some causes-I believe they
removed a local nightclub due to a porn link, for instance).  If we felt
they were on the borderline, it would have been brought it up at a board
meeting for discussion.  I would have then followed their recommendation
regarding a change request, expulsion, etc.

It would be interesting to know if current Chamber leadership has discussed
it.  I rather doubt it.

On Sat, Dec 11, 2010 at 10:19 AM, <nickgier at roadrunner.com> wrote:

> Good Morning Visionaries:
> Below is my response to two recent letters about my column on NSA.  The
> full version is attached.
> I have a question for Darrell Keim.  Since you agreed with Tom Hansen that
> this language is not fit for any season, would you, as past president of the
> Chamber of Commerce, change your mind about not asking downtown institutions
> to change anything on their websites, or in this, ask that the blurb be
> removed?
> Just wondering.
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