Sage: Whoa there pardners. John is not such a bad guy. Our kids played sports together since junior high. After many road trips, you get to know the other parents fairly well. His wife, Kathy, is a sweeetie. She worked for years with troubled kids at Project CDA and is well liked. Julie Green, long time principal at Project CDA, has sung the praises of the Barlows many times. And: In public, I would expect John to be as loyal to his employer as DFO or anyone else here is to their bosses.
DFO: If I acted in public in my boss's name as Barlow does in his boss's name, I'd expect to get booted from the organization ASAP. Then, I've worked for the three media moguls of the 51st state of Columbia: Hagadone, Stacey Cowles, and Butch Alford (Lewiston Tribune). There's a tremendous difference among them. Two of the three are great guys. The third produces attack dog execs like Barlow. I'll let you decide which is which.