Joe Summy’s Apology to Ernest Altgelt:
While discussing public and political issues in relationship to the PEC on the PECTruthwatch blog I posted references that offended my friend Ernest Altgelt, which may have been less than clear in my intentions. Ernest took offense that I was accusing him of sexual harassment. My criticism was never to target Ernest, but actually aimed at former and sitting PEC Boards for not upholding their own decorum policy.
There is no dispute that I disagree with Ernest’s tactics. However, I never intended to accuse Ernest of sexual harassment. As a professional administrator I know the differences between sexual harassment, inappropriate behavior, and appropriate behavior.
That Ernest thought I accused him of sexual harassment grieves me. And, I full-heartedly and humbly extend this public apology. I never intended to hurt his feelings or his reputation of a man of character or impugn his reputation. And, if any of my comments were construed by anyone who read them to assume such I apologize for my lack of clarity.
Furthermore, I feel I am morally obligate to freely and fully retract the statements that offended Ernest. I am truly sad for hurting Ernest and because the assumed lack of clarity does not reflect my training in the art of argumentation.
Ernest and I may disagree on argumentation methods, but I consider Ernest a friend and I respect his vigorous and intelligent contributions to public debate, and I see him as an ally in my own pursuit for openness and transparency concerning all public institutions, and the PEC which operates under democratic principles.
Publisher’s note: It has never been my intent for this blog to allege that Ernest Altgelt committed sexual harassment of female PEC employees in any comment or posting that I published in PEC Truthwatch. To the extent that any posting authored by me or another contributor may have been interpreted to suggest such an allegation, Mr. Altgelt also has my apologies. I invite any contributor who may wish to post a clarification of any contributor’s intent to submit such clarification to PEC Truthwatch.