With no replies to this in the last ten days, I thought I would weigh in. First let me call out the Roundtable Editor for asking a softball question. What else could he say....we intend to not honor the contract? Second, given the chance to elaborate Mr. Acheson has played it safe and won. No responses until now. The lack of effort to answer this question says it all to me. "The staff and board of directors are confident our Indianapolis plan best serves..." is that the best you could come up with?
Sounds pretty much like STAY THE COURSE, no matter what. Where have we heard that before?
it seems to me that the question that was asked is a legitimate question. If you have a different question or a follow up question - this would be the time and place to ask it.
As for the DCI answer - you were expecting DCI to say something different? "Well, we have this 10 year contract but every time we have a board meeting we discuss ways to break it. We just haven't found the right loophole yet."
Finally regarding the "STAY THE COURSE, no matter what" comment. Do you have something against the part of the answer that states that DCI is looking for "stability, sustainability and future growth"? Those seem like pretty good goals to me.
I would interpret the answer as "stay the course to try to achieve those goals".
That is far better than CHANGE the course, no matter what.