Ok, time for a closure to all this...
The whole issue presented itself because I had "perceived" what looked to me as corruption and greed, not to mention abuse of power. In response I championed the cause of what I had come to care deeply about, ie., the "special" part that is DC. This is to my credit, if there had actually been skullduggery.
I have to say that the very ones I saw as the villains turned out to be heroes after all. The time and care with which Chris and Jessie have exerted to help me, a relative newbie to DC, understand not only their actions, but their intent is admirable. In the end, it was they have been vindicated and I have shown myself a little quick on the trigger. Lesson learned.
To any that have read through this thread, I must offer at least some apology and exhort you to increase your confidence in the value that Mouser has carved out of the grab bag of the Internet.
I am glad to be a part.