This is an opinion piece. Just like the one Mary Souza writes for the Coeur d'Alene Press entitled The City's Pulse. At least it's her view of the city's pulse. I don't have a local paper to get my thinking out so I'll settle for my blog.
In the six years I have lived in the area I have watched the local political scene deteriorate to the point of deep concern. I have lived all over the country and have never see anything like it. I'm glad the local blogs are read by so few. I'd not like public opinion to be formed by much of the content. The tone is contentious and self serving. The offenders do themselves and their points of view little, if any, good.
There seems no middle ground. If you are a member of the serving city council you are corrupt, in the pocket of developers and big money and just plain stupid.
If you are an activist you are against everything that's good regardless of it's merit, self serving and just plain stupid. Wow. What a town.
Each side patronizes the other. No questioning of city activities allowed. No explanation ever above board. Not living in the city limits I've stayed away from the fray, but this morning's column compels me to have my say. I've often cheered Ms. Souza for asking tough questions. I've also been concerned with the vagueness of some of her facts. I've felt at time her opinions and those of her like minded associates were pilloried for that sake alone.
Her column today, however, threw down the gauntlet with such broad assertions about the integrity of incumbent council members up for re-election I'm surprised the Press ran it. In a nut shell, she called for the out right defeat of all three so the balance of power would be changed.
Now unless I'm missing something very important here, it seems to me they deserve some scrutiny. They are all long serving members of the council and two are former mayors. That means they were voted into office. If they are so bad what must their competition have been? If they are to be voted out of office I would like to know why. What are their individual voting records? Why was their judgement in error? Why is the opposition's judgement better for the community? For those who would run against them how would your being on the council help the city?
Why should a volunteer member of the Planning Commission's assertions be taken as gospel? It seems like she has become the mouthpiece for the opposition much as Cindy Sheehan became the poster woman for the anti war movement. Her ego was stroked until she got sucked in and was used not so much for her concerns but those of those who backed her - and yes, funded her.
I'd hate to see the good intentions of Ms Souza diminished. She has a right to her opinion. I have a right to mine. We both have the right to state it. I should hope that can be done without the belittling of either of us. To the Press - put her column on the editorial page along with other opinions. It is not news. It is one dimensional. It is OPINION.