Sure wish I could start this off with a definition. It would make this easier, but then most things aren't easy.
Take the unfortunate choice of words, as reported in your Dec. 1 paper. A well-known fellow was quoted as stating that "an average Joe" would no longer be welcome as a member of the "Chamber" Board. "Chamber" not referring to the movie "Star Chamber" which was about an organization within an organization.
Webster has a half dozen or so definitions of "average" "A lever (as of intelligence) typical of a group, class or series" -something which represents a middle point being mid-way between extremes" "not out of the ordinary."
I also thought I'd throw in a few other words, and let you look up the definitions at leisure, since elections are the focal point of contention today.
I am part of an " electorate," and by so being, I am part and parcel "elector. "If average," "elector," and "electorate" no longer apply to the article's subject, then do we have a case of "elitism?"
I fully understand the need for "qualified" personnel, but if within the infrastructure of this group, there are no "average" folk, and the "electorate" consists of a room, and the "electors" can see each other across a table, could this group not be perceived as being "elitist?" -whoops too late.
By ones and twos, the "average" members of the chamber are either being discouraged by events or concerned over perceived "feather the nest" activities.
All leaders, good or bad, organizations also, live or die under two words. "perceptions and precedence." Make a choice and you set a precedence, the perception of that may take an untold amount of time to overcome if the perception is negative.
Strides have been made in the progress of our community over the howls of "close the gate," which must not happen if we are to progress. But the greatest obstacle the chamber has to overcome, not withstanding their mission statement, is the question of who is really in charge of it, who or how is it controlled, and where is it really headed?
John M. Angell, Jr., Payson