Regarding your March 21 editorial “SEANC sorry”: I, too, felt that the apology was half-hearted and much too late. Furthermore, they failed to apologize to The News & Observer for trying to intimidate editors who surely did the association a big favor by properly documenting and publishing the story on former SEANC director Dana Cope. Nor has a letter of apology been sent to the 55,000 dues-paying members, many of whom were embarrassed by the actions or lack of action of the president and executive committee.
It was certainly member money allegedly misappropriated by the executive director. And to rub salt in the wounds of its membership, the executive committee granted Cope thousands of dollars in a severance package as he was being marched out the door. Now SEANC is paying an attorney to get money back that should never have been paid out.
A lot of words can aptly describe the behavior and miscues of the SEANC leadership, but one that fits this crowd like a tailor-made suit is “shameful.”
Philip N. Henry, Cary