Part of the process
I appreciated the letters and commentaries in last week's edition. I'd like to follow up on Tom McKenney's letter since many important points were made in the second section of it.
I don't believe the opinions of those who can afford or choose to hire lawyers should hold more sway than those of the average citizen, and I was also surprised at the many folks who were represented by lawyers at the last meeting.
I think it's critical to speak with each other personally when we're dealing with issues (like Section 9) that affect all residents of the county. I find that when we communicate on a personal level we often find common ground and things we can agree on more quickly and easily. The past few meetings I've attended have been full of eye rolling, snide remarks and general disrespect when people of differing opinions are speaking. Yet when we see each other at town events we speak civilly and occasionally even have fun together. Is there any way to get back to working on local issues together as a community—hearing each other out and not making assumptions based on perceived biases? I believe we'd end up with much better results if we could.
As Tom said, it's critical to be informed and become part of the process now. Talk to your friends and neighbors and find out what they think and why (the "why" is important). Bring out suggestions, information and ideas before the August meetings. Thanks,