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We have to say that we are saddened by the comments made by Councilor Ken Milder as the council voted 6-1 to exclude the public’s input on the divisive skate park issue.
We did not think that involving the public was anti-democratic. But apparently the councilor thinks so.
His comment that, “I initially thought maybe they should let it go to ballot, but then we thought it was a cop-out. I’m not inclined to let it go to ballot.”
This even after commenting that the community is divided 50-50 on the issue.
Since when is taking an issue that has split the community and letting the community decide that issue a cop-out? How can the opinion of half the community not matter?
How has the democratic process become a negative process?
We strongly disagree with the councilor here.
It is true the council can do what it wants. They are under no obligation to listen to the community. But there is a price to be paid for that attitude and we are living it today.
Honest people are being branded as anti-youth. Harsh words are being exchanged. And more and more folks feel like what they have to say does not matter.
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