PEC cancels Oakley complaint meeting

By Frank Shubert

The Highlander Publisher

The Pederenales Electric Cooperative (PEC) Complaint Committee, appointed to review the director complaint regarding board member James Oakley, canceled its called meeting for 9 a.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 14. The meeting is subject to re-scheduling, pursuant to appropriate PEC notice requirements. On the advice and recommendation of its counsel, the committee is postponing this meeting, pending attorneys work in the matter.


Oakley Facebook comment draws fire

Facebook is a wonderful tool for people to use, but like any tool, it should be used with great care.

The social media site is useful for helping people keep in contact with friends scattered across the globe whom they haven’t spoken to for years. It allows family to reconnect and allows the sharing of photos, ideas and news with others within one’s peer group.

However, it also instantly shows, without context, intent or clarity, the thoughts and ideas a person clacks out on their smartphone or computer keyboard and exposes those posts to instant scrutiny.

Such is the case involving Burnet County Judge James Oakley, who learned a very hard lesson this past week about the lack of anonymity Facebook affords.

On Monday, Nov. 21, Oakley shared a post from the San Antonio Police Department about the arrest of an African-American man, Otis Tyrone McKane, accused of killing San Antonio police Det. Benjamin Marconi on his personal Facebook account.

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