While I'm not interested in getting into a back and forth about the politics involved (ARC's position has always been to enact the Owners' will over that of the players as that's the way Alliance is set up), I feel that your note here is a severe mischaracterization. Denver's feedback (from the Feedback Form) has been essential in helping craft the changes through each round of Playtesting. It's one of the chapters that has been most involved in playtests, and numerous changes have been enacted due to a preponderance of feedback including that from Denver.When I was still a coordinator, I was flat-out told that my chapter's opinions don't matter to ARC because we don't have a member on ARC, and ARC knows better than we do...only our owner's vote mattered in the slightest. That's far from democracy, given that we're one of the largest chapters (if not the largest), and we don't even have our feedback weighed by ARC. The "sit down and take what we give you" replies I'd gotten were very very very far from democratic.
In terms of actually making changes, the Owners are indeed the most important as they are the ones who actually vote for things. But Playtest feedback has been directly responsible for most of the changes from the very first round of Playtesting until this latest round. If you compare the first Playtest Packet to the current one, at least 60-70% of the changes from one to the next are directly due to Playtester feedback. It's certainly true that feedback often conflicts between different chapters and different playstyles, in which case ARC and the Owners do their best to find the best path forward for the National game, and it's also true that ARC primarily considers feedback via the approved Feedback Form over other sources, since the Feedback Form comes directly from individual Playtesters and is not filtered through a third party with their own priorities and concerns.
I find it difficult to reconcile your statements with what has actually happened during the Playtests, including the vast wealth of feedback collected from Denver and the inclusion of many changes during the Playtest rounds, and feel that you are strongly misstating the actuality of the Playtest procedures.