No minutes were taken on this date but one of our residents in attendance had this to say when he discovered the board had changed the rules for the open forum, which he often takes part in, without notifying anyone but those in support of the board. The board supporters all came with prepared statements, while non supporters were required to ad-lib.
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letter to the Board of Shavano Ridge Homeowners Association,
greatly saddened by the travesty of a board meeting that I witnessed on the
evening of August 10th, 2004. I watched with disbelief as this board threw the
rule book out the window and abandoned any pretence of fair and open democracy
in this community. I realize that I was the only person present that
openly disagreed with what you did. When you pull a stunt like you did on
that night, you have demonstrated to me personally what you are
capable of and what you are worth as human beings. I have no time for your
fine words, for they mean little. Your actions belie your flowery self
congratulatory rhetoric. You conceived new rules in secrecy, and used them to
bludgeon the rights of your fellow citizens. You soiled yourselves with
these underhanded tactics. I am ashamed of you and you should be ashamed of
Why are you all so afraid of open fair debate? What have you got to hide? By these actions you have condemned yourselves. By the way, you should be thankful to the activists in our community who pushed you to actually turn up at this meeting.
I know that many of you are retired military who fought
bravely for this country. I have the utmost respect for those who wore the
uniform and fought to preserve freedom. It is unbelievable to me that those
who had the honor to serve and fight for this great democracy would be caught
up in these petty attempts to suppress democracy and free speech in their
own back yards. This is unworthy and dishonorable work. My own father was a
soldier. Because of his strong belief in democracy he signed up to fight fascism
before the beginning of WWII. I am proud to follow in his footsteps.
Chris Jenkinson, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Director, Molecular Genetics Core, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio,