According to, “Professionalism” is “Meticulous adherence to undeviating courtesy, honesty, and responsibility in one’s dealings with customers and associates, plus a level of excellence that goes over and above the commercial considerations and legal requirements.”

According to Merriam-Webster, “Courtesy is consideration, cooperation, and generosity in providing something.”

Merriam-Webster defines “Respect” as, “an act of giving particular attention.”

On September 14, an Eagle Scout traveled a round trip of over 5 hours to address his past Eagle Project, a playground at Quaker Farms. Without obligation, he was there to propose all required modifications and repairs to the playground at no cost to Oxford. The Board knew this.

Mrs. McKinnon allowed Mr. Neary to expostulate on the Rose Bowl, then moved the agenda item covering the Playground ahead of the Audience of Citizens and deferred the Playground to the Facilities Subcommittee.

During Audience of Citizens, Mrs. McKinnon allowed many citizens to address non-agenda subjects for 10 minutes or more each before telling the Eagle Scout he would not be permitted to speak because his subject was moved to Subcommittee. Mrs. McKinnon did this in front of at least 50 Scouts from across the Valley who came to support an Eagle Scouts commitment to his Eagle Oath, which includes the words, “for better citizenship in my troop, and in my community…. To this I pledge my sacred honor.”

Mr. Neary promised to listen to the Eagle Scout via telephone at his Thursday meeting. On Thursday, he told the Eagle Scout, “I will contact you if more information is needed.” No call was made.

Professional? Courteous? Respectful?

Mrs. McKinnon, do you have the courage to issue a public, sincere, apology?

Do you, Mr. Neary?

[the above was submitted for publication in Voices, but not published for unknown reasons]

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