As editor and publisher of a newsletter of my own, I was appalled and disappointed to read in "Diatribes and Digressions" the opinion of Intertel's treasurer regarding what a proper newsletter is for.
In an organization that has proper respect for the opinions of its members' intelligence - and one would assume Intertel would be one such - such a "trickle-down" model of organizational communications is anathema. When adopted, it insults the intelligence of the members, excludes them from discussion of issues, places them in the position of second-class citizens of the organization, and drives them away.
A newsletter is not the same as a management bulletin, which is what was described in the "trickle-down" model. It is a forum for discussion that should be open to all members. I have to wonder about the members in those regions where the treasurer claims to have used that model - can it be there are members of Intertel who can withstand being insulted, excluded, and demoted, without leaving Intertel?
What does that say about Intertel's future in those regions?