I was very pleased by both the turn-out and the tenor of last night’s Town Meeting. I was especially happy that at least a few project supporters were willing to come out and participate.
I believe a lot more of this kind of dialogue needs to happen before we can heal the wounds of the last two years. Of course, we can’t really begin to heal until we get rid of the person who keeps inflicting fresh wounds on the body politics, but I am confident that will happen two weeks from today.
It was gratifying to see the arguments that I, Bill Lofquist and others have spent the last two years crafting being advanced by so many. Many of the people who spoke last night were not front-line PDDG troops, but ordinary citizens. There were also some new perspectives offered, and many commented that Hank Latorella’s views, although obviously biased towards Lowe’s, were helpful in other areas.
I was also pleased with Jim Allen’s emergence as the new spokesman for the radical wing of the organization. Jim made very strong statements about what has been wrong with the process, but managed to do it without getting upset or making personal attacks. That is not so easy to do. I feel Jim will make a good leader and a formidable adversary if I am forced to relinquish the reins because of election to office or otherwise.
Kurt Cylke also did a credible job of presenting the facts about the threat to our National Historic Landmark District. There are some people, however, who should not be allowed to use e-mail and Kurt is one of them. He seems to have a totally different personality online than the friendly chap we see in person –much the way some of us turn into monsters when we get behind the wheel of a car.
Phil Bracchi showed that he has earned his chops as a teacher, by making sure that some of the more arcane points were explained in simple terms. When you think about it, most of the core PDDG people, besides me, are professional teachers, and I’ve always said that journalism is a form of public education.
Here at clarioncall.com we educate public opinion. It’s a dirty, normally unrewarding job, but last night it looked like it might be starting to work.