[vendtalk] BEP Concerns!!!

plume blume at verizon.net
Wed Feb 25 20:28:38 UTC 2009

Hello, Mr. Richardson,

The N.J. BEP Operators, trust me however I can do so much more by not being
on the Committee.  Most  of the Committee members serve only for new or
additional locations, protection, or other goodies.
I've been working with the Committee for the new Rules and Regs, however
after more then 6 hours of meetings or phone conferences we only discuss how
the new changes will effect the "special Operators" (NFB Members).
The Committee are now working behind closed doors on the "changes" to the
N.J. Rules and Reg.
The Operators will not have a word to say about the Committee's changes and
there will be no "public hearing" on the changes.
The changes will go into the N.J. Register and this web site is not
"Accessible" for a blind person.
There will also be "no" training class for the New Rules and Regs.
However if you are a NFB leader or member you will be exempt from the BEP
Rules and Regs.
There are two National Board members of the NFB Blind Merchants on the
Committee and many other Committee members are NFB members and N.J.  State
President who is not a vendor,  however     he  looks the other way.
The NFB has complete control of N.J. and the Director of the N.J. Commission
has no other choice but to cave in and allow the NFB to "Control him.
Nick Gacos "Controls the BEP Committee and they must do what ever he tells
them to do.
 If Nick Gacos was a Operator in your state he would "Control you and the
Committee in your state.
Nick Gacos "does not control me" and he will never.
Nick Gacos enjoys the power of "controlling the Committee".
From, Tom Blume
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Subject: Re: [vendtalk] BEP Concerns!!!

If you have the support of your operators, why don't you run for committee
and make the change rather than resting on the shoulders of Obama.

----- Original Message -----
From: "plume" <blume at verizon.net>
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Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 8:17 PM
Subject: [vendtalk] BEP Concerns!!!

> TO: Frank Collepardi, Chairperson N.J. Committee of Blind Operators
> FROM: Tom Blume, N.J. BEP Licensed Operator
> VOICE MAIL: 206-600-0181
> DATE: Feb. 21, 2009
> SUBJECT: Committee concerns and comments
> I have received the "
> Missing" minutes of the Committee meetings from May 2008 to Nov. 2008,
> however if I did not ask you where are the missing "Committee meetings
> minutes" you would of never provided them to the Operators.
> I have read them and would like to let you know that "all minutes" must be
> read at a regular Committee meeting and can only be approved at a regular
> Committee meeting".
> Please read "Robert's Rules, also your BY Laws states that the Committee
> must follow "Robert's Rules, revised edition.
> All of the minutes from May 2008 can not be called "minutes" because they
> was not read and approved by the Committee at a regular Committee
> meetings.
> These minutes can only be called "Notes", until they are approved by the
> Committee at a regular Committee meeting.
> Operators do not understand "why" you are constantly violating the,
> Committees by Laws.
> In the future, all minutes must be sent to all Committee members   prior
> to
> a regular Committee meeting and then approved at that meeting, (motion:
> 2008-05).
> I sincerely hope at the next Committee meeting, (March 7, 2009), you will
> prevent any Committee member from "Verbally Attacking" me or any other
> operator.
> You're By Laws states this very clearly and I wish that you would read
> you'
> re BY Laws and stop the "Violence" at any and all Committee meetings.
> Also before any Committee member and or Operator discusses or reports on
> an
> issue he or she must be prepared to provide supporting documents on
> verifying how the information was obtained.
> Example: Nick Gacos is known as the "National Blind News Reporter",
> however
> most of the time his information is not accurate, you and your Committee
> members are afraid of "Nick Gacos" and he is permitted to sometimes give a
> "false report".
> You and the Committee allow Nick Gacos to scare the Operators, sometimes
> with a "Gloom and Doom" report.
> You and your Committee members allow Nick Gacos sometimes to control the
> meeting as if he was the "Chairperson".
> I have discussed these issues with you in previous E-mails and you have
> "always ignored" my concerns.
> The Citizens of the U. S. has voted for change in our free nation and our
> new President has promised to provide "Change".
> We must have "Change in N. J., and it must start now...
> As you know the Operators have always contacted me for accurate and
> truthful
> information and I have always provided them with the information that they
> requested.
> I will be at the next Committee meeting on March 7, 2009.
> The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), has total control of the N.J.
> Commission for the Blind and in return the Director must fund all of the
> 's fund raising projects, such as BLAST!!!
> This is the reason that the Committee had no other choice but to  "VOTE"
> to
> provide a blank check for  each  of the Committee members to  attend BLAST
> and in the pass "NO" Committee members has ever provided a report to the
> Operators.
> BLAST is known as one of the "largest" party's in the Nation, funded by
> "State training funds".
> Nick Gacos controls you and the Committee members.
> Frank if you want the N.J. Justice Complex and also keep all of your other
> BEP locations you must allow Nick Gacos to control you and your
> Committees.
> Nick Gacos enjoys the "POWER" that he has over the Commission for the
> Blind
> and the Committee.
> The BEP Operators are aware of this and this is just one of many reasons
> why
> your Committee meetings have a "LOW" attendants.
> As Director of "Action for the Blind" I can not allow you or your
> Committee
> members from withholding and providing false information to the Operators
> and this is the reason why whenever you and your Committee members refuse
> to
> discuss important issues that affect all of the Operators and ignore them
> you leave me no other choice but to report the problems to the nation.
> ***
> They, who feel no shame in doing what is obviously wrong, are the most
> Shameful of all.
> I will close with a quote which I live by:
> I'm not very good
> At this Game called Life
> For I've not learned to see children crying
> Without feeling pain
> For I've not learned to watch animals destroyed
> Without wondering why
> For I've not yet met a king or a celebrity
> That I would bow down to
> Or a man so insignificant
> That I would use for a stepping-stone
> For I've not learned to be a 'yes man'
> To narrow minded bosses
> Who quote rules without reason
> And I've not learned to manipulate
> The feelings of others
> To be used for my own advantages
> Then cast aside as I see fit
> No, I'm not very good
> At this Game called Life
> And if everything goes well
> Maybe I never will be
> Action for the Blind
> Thomas N. Blume, Director
> VOICE MAIL: 206-600-0181
> Email: blume at verizon.net
> Action for the Blind is a dynamic organization, working with the blind and
> partially sighted people to enable them to transform their lives.
> Our mission is to inspire change and create opportunities to enable blind
> and partially sighted people to have equal voice and equal choice.
> "There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there
> must never be a time when we fail to protest".
> Elie Wiesel, Winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Peace
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