I expected a bloodbath last night – an unruly mob of uninformed citizens ruled by emotion and generally ‘angry’ at board members and city councilors .
Instead, I saw concerned citizens, well-informed, rational and reasonable with open minds. Even when they disagreed, they were civil about it.
AND THEIR QUESTIONS – So well-put which helped the rest of us be enlightened. Even the Planning Board was getting upset – those probing inquiries revealed things THEY didn’t even know.
It’s what any freedom-lover-of-liberty idealist would hope would be conducted when democracy is practiced.
Everyone who participated last night: abutters, activists, councilors, developers, neighbors and planners should all give themselves a big pat on the back for the exemplary behavior!
I predict now that what happened last night will have beneficial and lasting repercussions for years to come!
PS. Which makes me fearful for the Local Historic District Study Committee. They have been assailed at times by ill-informed, unreasonable, closed-minded citizens filled with fear, generally ‘angry’ and definitely at times, not civil. I can’t make it tonight due to prior commitments but I would love to be there – so I at least could confiscate the pitchforks!