Comment 22827

By highwater (registered) | Posted May 10, 2008 at 15:44:31

Et tu, WRCU2? Like our old friend Baystreeter, you have set up a neat little Catch 22, where the opinions of people who show up to meetings don't count by virtue of the fact that they're the sort of people who bother to show up to meetings. We pay lip service to democratic ideals, but the minute citizens become engaged, we marginalize them by declaring them to be a special interest group. I wasn't at the Light Rail meeting (Does that make me "regular"? Am I allowed to have an opinion, or do you need to see my clothing and choice of caffeinated beverages first?), but I've been to plenty of other community meetings and I'm getting pretty sick of being told that I'm some kind of hippy who doesn't count just because I give a crap. Not only is this tiresome, but it's deeply dangerous to democracy, as it serves to discourage citizens from getting involved. Maybe that's the idea.

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