Yes ladies and gentlemen of NorCo, the planned course scheduled for March 1st, 2012 has officially been canceled, and while a lack of interest has been deemed the reason for the cancelation, the full truth may be that NCC received much negative feedback regarding two presenters 1) the ousted - Ron Angle, and 2) the disbarred Bernard Ohare.
The three week course was designed to assist We The People understand better our local, state and federal government, as if we don't understand government well enough already.
The issue with this course was not the intent, but the two well known corrupt speakers. WeThe People had to ask - how can a reputable educational institution like NCC, not conduct due diligence on any speaker/presenter they plan on having as part of such a program?
If the course was - "How to cheat, lie and steal", then the two culprits in question would be suitable as speakers. Shame on NCC for their negligence, however, We The People forgive you because in the end you heard our concerns and did the right thing...and for that We The People thank you.
Below is the response received by We The People:
"We appreciate you contacting us with your concerns about the upcoming Citizens' Academy. I'm glad your Northampton education has served you well and that you follow public affairs closely. That is something we encourage in all of our students and alumni. Fostering civic awareness and engagement is one of the goals of the Academy. We recognize that the speakers will not all agree with each other, and the members of the audience will not agree with everything the speakers have to say. Freedom to hold differing points of view is central to our democracy. Seeing public officials in action and hearing what they have to say encourages critical thinking and enables students and the public to make informed decisions and about individuals' suitability for office. We do value your feedback. Thank you for taking the time to write to us. I hope to see you on campus soon at an event more to your liking!
Director, Alumni Affairs
Northampton Community College
3835 Green Pond Road
Bethlehem PA 18020
It appears that the Director of Alumni Affairs was not up to date with current affairs in Norco. It seems she was not aware that We The People could speak with experience relating to "fostering civic awareness and government engagement" much better then the two misfits can...because we are aware, and we did engage - and we WON.
We sincerely hope that in any future planned programs NCC promotes...they complete their homework - and perhaps then they will foster and generate the interest to follow through with any such course.