Comment 70863

By mystoneycreek (registered) - website | Posted October 25, 2011 at 06:10:14 in reply to Comment 70845

I can't come up with any reason why Bernie would attend this meeting. It is a beat up the councillor set up.

I hear this sentiment often. The idea of constituents 'beating up on' their representative.

But what does this mean, exactly? Within the context of there being a relationship between the residents and the Councillor?

If you've gotten to the point in any relationship...domestic, educational, workplace...where there's pent-up emotions due to frustration, anxiety, or just plain bad communication...then clearly, things haven't been maintained all that well, have they?

In any given situation, when you begin having town halls, there may well be a 'break-in' period where all these elements need to be given their due before the salient issues can be rationally and authentically dealt with.

So what?

We're human. We're emotional. We're chock-full of fears and resentments and misunderstandings...and hope and trust and communal spirit.

Besides; if you have a solid moderator at a town hall, then you manage the emotions and forge proceedings that are respectful, even convivial.

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