I am a supporter of Richard Skorman and pleased to see him in a leadership role. That said, after all the abuse he has taken in recent months, I find it disheartening to have a report of him speaking to a citizen in such a rude matter as president of City Council.
Contrary to current thought, politeness on all sides is necessary and sadly lacking. Shouting people down and dismissing them rudely leads to one thing -- mob rule. There is no need for this behavior anywhere. A citizen, has every right to speak. She is part of the public and if the ideas aren't out there, they can't be considered. It's called free speech.
Lofty goals be damned -- I'd be happy if someone, anyone,, would just fix the streets so you could drive on them.
I'd welcome fewer opinions and blue sky proposals and a little more hard data on the demographics of the city and the planning forecast. The city is growing north and east, yet the constant conversation seems to be south and west. The motto is "If you build it, they will come." The question is: "Who are they?"
Why is the city growing -- military? New industries (unlikely when there is no immediate water source)? Tourist traffic? How does all this divide up? Where are the jobs going to coming from to pay for all the new houses -- or will the core of the city hollow out as population growth slows in the country and people move to newer areas?
The population is aging, which means more trips to the hospital. Yet the one hospital nearest downtown seems to be moving north to the top of a hill that the best driver has trouble with in bad weather. The county has moved social services far away from the center of the bus service that many low income people depend on. How will the majority of the population access any number of services -- flying there hanging off a drone?
There's a lot of wish fulfillment around. The planning to make the city work is piecemeal at best. Let's quit worrying about C4C and start getting basic services in order.
Put your real name on it, Mr. K and then I might listen to you.
Joel Miller is more right than he is wrong about the media. I say that as a longtime veteran of the business on many levels. The one benefit of Trump's attitude may be that reporters for major newspapers will stop reporting the spin they hear at press conferences and get out and do leg work again.
As for readers, there is and always has been a lot of manipulation that is a part of press coverage. Reading only social media and online comments provides more heat than light. Go to the library and study some of these things from books. The issues are subtle and require more thought than a sound bite provides.
There are some wonderful reporters in this community, including the Indy and the Gazette. They work under restrictions to bring the news to us and deserve our support.
As for Joel Miller and Mr. K: I admire Mr. Miller for his openness and his dedication to making this world a better place. Unfortunately, he lost a lot of his credibility when he lost his temper and walked out of City Council. One of the ways we change the world is staying the course in unpopular situations.
I also respect him for using his own name, instead of a pseudonym, in these forums. Mr. K needs to realize that throwing insults at people from behind anonymity is not the proper way to show his concern for the country. Nor is nastiness.
Finally, I am tired of hearing about Washington hijinks when the country has been at war for 16 years and continues to borrow money to prosecute it while that reality goes under the radar. We have some serious issues to deal with and it is time to stop fighting each other and move forward. I you have any doubts, go to the Union Printers Home and see the young men with no arms and sometimes serious brain damage that are paying a quiet price for our nonsense.
I appreciate what Joel Miller is saying. At the same time, I believe that attitude of powerlessness that has crept into everyday American life is what has caused many of the problems we face. I have seen too many people make a difference to believe that.
Transparency is non-existent only when citizens don't demand it. This idea of a powerless electorate is nonsense, as the election of Donald Trump showed. I'm not a particular fan of Jill Gaebler but she's right on this issue. It's the Hans Christian Andersen story of the emperor's new clothes -- the power structure all undressed.
The transparency issues really started with the powerful mayor/dictator concept that Bob Isaac brought to City Council and have grown since. It's a quirky small town, no matter what the population figures show.
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