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Fairness of Committee Challenged, Defended

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Fairness of Committee Challenged, Defended

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Chip Beck is questioning the objectivity of the chairman of the National Cartoonists Society's ethics committee, which will determine whether or not Beck is reinstated as NCS treasurer.

But the chairman, former NCS President Frank Springer, said he and the committee will be fair.

Beck, voted off the NCS board last month, said Springer sent him an e- mail message several weeks ago "calling my alleged behavior 'disgraceful.'" This was before Springer succeeded "Beetle Bailey" creator Mort Walker as head of the ethics committee (E&P, Oct. 2, p. 42).

"I was a bit shocked that Frank would have issued a 'verdict' even before I had a chance to address any of this with him," said Beck, noting that Springer should recuse himself from the process unless he can convince Beck that he'll be objective.

Springer said he did send the e-mail message with the "disgraceful" reference, but added that he was giving his opinion of actions Beck took after he was asked to leave the NCS board. …

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