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Posted on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 : 3:06 p.m.

Albert Berriz stepping down from editorial board

By Tony Dearing

Albert Berriz, chief executive officer for McKinley Inc., has stepped down from his voluntary role as one of two community members on the Editorial Board of

Albert joined our Editorial Board in September, along with Mary Cullen Guttman, to provide community input into the Sunday editorials we publish in the newspaper and online.

Recently, he has become a vocal opponent of the proposed countywide school enhancement millage. At first, we agreed that because of his involvement in the issue, Albert would recuse himself from any Editorial Board discussion on the issue. However, after further discussion today, we came to the mutual decision that his advocacy on this issue is incompatible with a role on the Editorial Board, and he agreed to resign from the board. "It is the absolute right thing to do,'' he said.

We appreciate the thoughtfulness that Albert has brought to our Editorial Board discussions, and will miss his contributions. We will replace him with another community member so that we continue to receive community input into the editorial positions that we take.



Tue, Nov 17, 2009 : 9:39 p.m.

the local bourgeois gives us "community input"? Bah...


Wed, Nov 11, 2009 : 9:55 a.m.

Now the next thing for Berritz to do is to step down from his board membership on Ann Arbor SPARK. Since he opposed the millage for the schools, why did he not oppose ACT 88 which is a millage that does not have to go before the voters but yet his organization Ann Arbor SPARK will benefit from the millage not approved by the taxpayers. What a hypocrit.


Fri, Nov 6, 2009 : 6:12 p.m.

"The guy has been involved in Republican issues for years" Oh, yeah, that's a disqualification right there! Well, in the People's Republic of Ann Arbor, anyway.


Fri, Oct 30, 2009 : 4:47 p.m.

Good Bye and you will not be missed.


Fri, Oct 30, 2009 : 6:34 a.m.

Mr. Goldsmith....Good to see you embrace "fair and balanced". Many of us think unions have created the mess we are in and a city income tax will take Ann Arbor down the path of every other city in Michigan that embraced a city income tax.....go ahead do the research and find out who they are!

Tony Dearing

Thu, Oct 29, 2009 : 5:25 p.m.

Well, we just announced our next choice.