Part of my point was that, had other member known the contents of Kurt's letter, and that it was going to be published, there surely would have been other letters submitted for that issue.
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Thank you all for sharing your thoughts on the most recent Letter to the Editor published in the newsletter. And thank you, Corey, for starting the conversation.
Some background: The Editor did share the letter with the ARSC board prior to publication. While I and others on the board do not agree with the contents of the letter, it is important to the integrity of the organization to allow our members to express themselves without censorship.
We support the decision to publish the letter as an opinion piece in the newsletter. There were no other Letter to the Editor submissions at the time of publication.
The Board has made its position known on the issues brought up in the letter through its statement opposing racism and police brutality (
http://www.arsc-audio.org/pdf/ARSC_Statement_Opposing_Racism.pdf) and its support of the DEI Committee in drafting the Code of Conduct currently under member review. If you are not familiar with these documents, I strongly encourage you to read them (the Code of Conduct draft is only available to members while in the review stage).
I am glad to see others sharing their thoughts and views here and I would also encourage you to do so through giving feedback on the Code of Conduct (
and/or writing your own Letter to the Editor for consideration. You are also welcome to reach out to me directly off-list if you do not feel comfortable sharing your thoughts in a public forum.
On Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 9:18 AM Gary A. Galo < [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> It was downright irresponsible for that letter to be published in the
> Newsletter, at least by itself. The Editor of the Newsletter should
> have, at the very least, sent that letter to a few other ARSC members,
> and the ENTIRE ARSC Board, for peer review, inviting them to offer
> their own views for publication in the same issue. Publishing that
> letter by itself could give readers the impression that Kurt's view is
> a prevailing one at ARSC, which is certainly not the case (I believe
> he speaks for a miniscule minority in our organization, at least I
> hope so). I would encourage other members, including members of the
> Board, to submit letters for publication in the next Newsletter, in
> the interests of offering a more balanced perspective on this subject,
> and upholding ARSC's reputation as an inclusive and welcoming professional organization.
> Gary Galo
> Audio Engineer Emeritus
> The Crane School of Music
> SUNY at Potsdam, NY 13676
> "Great art presupposes the alert mind of the educated listener."
> Arnold Schoenberg
> "A true artist doesn't want to be admired, he wants to be believed."
> Igor Markevitch
> "If you design an audio system based on the premise that nothing is
> audible, on that system nothing will be audible."
> G. Galo
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> Hi All,
> In the last newsletter, there was an open letter to the ARSC
> membership titled "Letters to the Editor" by Kurt Nauck.
> Anyone care to comment on that letter?
> Corey Bailey Audio Engineering