"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

Monday, 29 October 2012

What Price Civility

Last week, Tracy Smith complained about  his e-mails to myself being published in the Blog. In the main, because I didn't publish my half.
He noted receipt of  three responses from Councillors which, even though they did not agree with him, were civil, as he has a right to expect  from an elected representative,as a twenty-seven year resident of the town. 
am in the habit of responding  promptly and civilly to e-mails   from residents. It's great to be able to do it so easily. .
This will be my last response to Mr.Smith however.  As noted below, we clearly have a different concept of  civility.    
Good Morning Mr. Smith,
I have received your e-mail and note your comments.  Obviously you are confident of your understanding of the issue,to be able to offer critical comments. I will not attempt to dissuade you.
I  am not  concerned about the town becoming the laughing stock of the music festival world.  We understood  we had achieved that status last year,  when for the first time , we failed to funnel in  tax revenues  as well as  the other amenities that allowed the festival to be developed. "using the town as a venue" is a term  obviously used advisedly.

When  Aurora's  first citizen  was excluded from ceremonies this  year and quotes about " only friends of the festival" were bandied about,  few illusions were left  about  the level of  "vindictiveness and score settling" employed.
FYI, the idea for a music festival in the town park was advanced in the fall of 2008. Not by the current "entrepreneur"
I am sure you will continue to enjoy a Jazz Festival. It was apparently a lucrative endeavour.
Since  distinction in the world of music festivals has also  been achieved , it will  probably appear close by: like  Snowball Corners perhaps.
Enjoy your day Mr. Smith. It will not come again.

Evelyn Buck

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Quite lovely. And that after he announced by way of introduction that " I don't like your Blog. " Manners maketh the man - or not-in this case.