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Opinion

Get off the fence

By From page A4 | January 17, 2014

Newly elected Director Dale Coco has been stymieing the El Dorado Irrigation District board’s effort to elect a vice president. His consistent abstain vote has left the board deadlocked between new Director Greg Prada and first-term Board President Alan Day who want Dr. Coco as veep and Directors George Osborne and Bill George who want George as veep.

Defense is for basketball and football, not for a board of directors. It is time for Coco to vote for Director George or for himself.

Our recommendation is to vote for Director Bill George for board vice president.

Outgoing Board President George Osborne nominated Day for president because he has served on the board since December 2011, therefore he is experienced enough to run a meeting. Neither Coco nor Prada have served more than two meetings on the EID board. They lack the qualification of time and experience on the board to run a meeting in the absence of the president.

Bill George has that experience, having been elected to the board three times. There is no power that comes with being board vice president. The vice president is simply there to run a meeting in the absence of the board president. Other than that, as President Franklin Roosevelt’s first vice president, John Nance Gardner, said, being vice president “is not worth a bucket of warm p…”

Coco explained his abstention by saying the board is going to be divided. That is inadequate. It explains nothing. He was elected to make decisions. The board president should bring back the vice president issue at the February meeting. Then Coco should get off the fence and vote.

Mountain Democrat

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