Letter from the Editors April 2016

Coffee pot from a 1985 Coop Scoop.
Coffee pot from a 1985 Coop Scoop.

Welcome to the second issue of the Co-op Voice – the newsletter by and for members. We appreciate the feedback we’ve heard so far in response to the first issue and encourage anyone and everyone to reach out to us with your thoughts. We will do our best to respond in a timely fashion. Please keep in mind that this is a new project and we are still getting our feet wet. There is work to be done to continue to smooth out logistics as well as process and policy. In light of this, we would like to offer some thoughts on this unfolding project.

While the Editorial Team reserves the right to choose the content of each issue and is ultimately responsible for what we produce, we reiterate our commitment to include a diversity of viewpoints from within our HWFC community. Publication in the Voice does not necessarily reflect the opinions of any given editorial team. We cannot – nor can anyone for that matter – speak for the entirety of the Co-op. If you find something in our pages that inspires or disturbs you, we invite you to tell us about it. Pitch an article. Write a Letter to the Editor. We will endeavor to be as inclusive as possible.

That said, this newsletter came to be to redress a distinct lack of opportunity for broader communication among members in the Co-op community. Yes, articles will appear in these pages which reflect a critical stance. However, we mean what we say in our mission. We aim to be respectful, considered, and inclusive in our decisions.

This issue features thoughtful and inspiring answers from Board candidates running for election at our April 17 General Membership meeting to be held at St. Sophia’s, and it also includes Letters to the Editor, an item on Compassionate Communication and two more clips honoring our 40th anniversary. We hope together this material serves to demonstrate in some small part the legacy, the fortitude, and the future of this cooperative venture. We hope you enjoy it.