By Jason Leach
Published April 13, 2009
A recent letter to the editor of our wonderful, daily newspaper tries to use a bit of logic in voicing displeasure over an editorial cartoon with no purpose other than to take a shot at Councillor Brian McHattie (Ward 1).
'McHattie's Utopia', by Graeme MacKay, published April 8, 2009 in the Hamilton Spectator (Image Credit: MacKay Cartoons)
Yes, that would be the same councillor who saved the Lister Block, tried to save City Hall, got on board with light rail while many other councillors had no clue what it was, and has personally led the charge to follow up on Hamilton's One Big Idea to fill this industrial town with trees, among his many progressive initiatives.
One of life's simplest lessons can be learned by listening to how someone articulates their opposition to an idea or thought that they don't like. Folks who enjoy dialogue and discussion and are open-minded to the logic of those whose ideas may not match up with theirs can usually be found participating in such discussions and offering their opposing view in a respectful manner.
Those who have nothing good to share and have nothing to add to a discussion usually resort to name-calling and personal insults.
While I can appreciate the efforts of this letter writer to inject some common sense into this discussion, his efforts would be better spent elsewhere. Discourse and respectful discussion is a two-way street. It simply won't work with someone who can only respond with insults and schoolyard bullying.