"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Reading Comprehension

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "It's All Interesting And It's All Real":

O.K. It was tactless and probably cost the Town some
money but people are more concerned about big
expenditures that might be avoided. That evening
sounds like a plan conceived by a councillor which is
what we want them to do. It back-fired so will likely be
done more appropriately in the future.
Still i t was better than the $300. event produced by
another Councillor. A for Effort for first time try.


I had to read the above comment a couple of times to relate  it to my post on the Town Awards night.

In response, I don't know who conceived the new plan.

The evening was enjoyed by all present.

I don't know what $300 effort is being referenced.

Here's what I do know. An annual ceremony to recognise excellence has been held by the town for forty years.

This was not the first time.

Special events staff have managed the evening with extraordinary skill ,experience and success to the vast enjoyment of all present,without help or interference by politicians but with their participation.

Council were not privy to this change. Which begs the questions.

Who decided the event better belonged with the communication department?

Does it mean henceforth the event will be viewed and exploited as promotional?

Like Walmart might?

Is everyone comfortable with that concept? Is there merit to it?

I have no answers to these questions nor has the opportunity presented to ask them.

It is clear a sea change in town values is afoot. Who is responsible or even if there is a plan and who is in on it, is not apparent.

Therein lies my concern.

Should the community be a party to such discussion?

As opposed to, on the outside looking in?

Like in private enterprise?

Which  the town  is not.

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