I listened to Monday’s City Council meeting on TV, when Mayor Mick Ireland characterized Nikos Hecht’s proposal for saving the Little Annie’s and Benton buildings as “blackmail” and an “extortionist offer.”
I can imagine how quickly and harshly the mayor and council would react to an applicant or member of the public who accused the council or staff of “blackmail” or attempted “extortion,” warning that we are to express disagreement in a civil and respectful manner. How disappointing that not a single council member was willing to confront the mayor for his inflammatory words and tone and to remind him that civil discourse and respect are expected of council as well as the public.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
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It’s hard to fight City Hall and even harder to fight well-funded neighbors who don’t want any development near them, a local man has realized. So he settled for less than what he and his partner bought the property for.