This is why I don’t enjoy the though of going to city council meetings

July 24, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More

Have you ever gone to a local government meeting where citizen input was invited and it made you wonder about whether democracies are good ideas?   As I watched this woman’s speech (to the Santa Cruz California City Council) on, I wondered whether it would ever occurred to her that she’d be more effective if she had command of any facts or if she performed a coherent analysis before standing up and talking.

I don’t mean to pick on her too harshly.  She seems sincere.  This does remind me of many government meetings where ill-informed citizens dominate.   This is the price to pay, though, if you want to give well-informed citizens a chance to talk too.

These are only excerpts from the woman’s full speech.  Therefore, this a very patient city council, indeed.


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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Alison says:

    This is exactly the reason that most town and city councils put time limits on statements from the community.

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