Friday, November 1, 2013

• A Group of Concerned Citizens, or a Cabal From the Dark Side?

Let me start with this. I know that there are factions in our community that seem to have taken root since we became a city. Though I've lived here since 2001, and have paid some attention, I have no true understanding how the divisions came about, and at this point I'd only be getting one version or another of it... so I'm really not concerned with why this person doesn't respect that person.

I also can't imagine getting squeezed by one group for being on good terms with the "wrong people". Though, I have had a taste of that over at the Wildomar FaceBook Page a few times.
With that out of the way.
Ken Mayes has called for there to be a meeting of concerned citizens.

Here is a reprint of Martha Bridges' post from Face Book:
Ken Mayes has asked me to invite everyone interested in the management of our parks to an open, citizen-based meeting this coming Sunday, November 3, 2013 at the public Wildomar Cemetery parking lot near the gazebo at 1:00 p.m. Everyone is welcomed to come in their personal, unofficial capacity and contribute as we try to answer some of the questions Ken posed in his current Patch blog. 
Here is a link to Ken's blog.
This caused a bit of a firestorm over on the face book page. I'm not going to get into it... it's there for all to read. Though it's a "closed group" no one is going to prevent you from joining it. 
Here's how I see the meet up.
No one is going to bite. No one will be fitted for cement shoes. There will be people of the community offering opinions. They [the opinions] may be contrary to yours, or you may be surprised and find you actually share common ground with them. Worse case scenario you'll have had a chance to gather some info first hand, and you'll carry on with the rest of your day as usual. 
Then again, in our nation, the order of the day is to dig in your heels and refuse to listen to the other side. The audacity of it all that there would be differing POVs.

I'm reminded of a quote from Bertrand Russell I found in one of my favorite books:
The Art of Argument by Giles St Aubyn.

"...Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid ... Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man." 

So, I'm being a bit over the top here when it comes
to the subject of an impromptu meeting about the city's parks.
That's just how I roll and the point is the same. 
Subjugate your preconceived notions and come see what's up. 
See you there.

1 comment:

  1. Well put Joe. Wish I had gone. Unfortunately, Mr.Sandman dropped by for an unexpected visit. I woke up at 2


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