Recap of Town Hall Meeting #2 : A Party!
In case you missed last Thursday’s (03/31/2011)
Tea Party Convention Town Hall Meeting let’s do a little recap. Despite support’s strong showing (3:1) at previous public meetings, the opposition put out a call to the local Tea Party and that helped make the room evenly split (despite opposition claims that they had 70%).
But to those in attendance : Thank you!
We showed up and stayed until the end. The Plan wasn’t railroaded, and Support speakers brought rational, well-supported arguments and presented them in a respectful manner. Those in opposition, well, they brought out their regular, misinformed opinions, as well as some conspiracy theories that stems from their belief that bike lanes are a U.N. conspiracy.
Instead of having staff completely heckled by the Opposition or “asked to give a deposition” as one council person described opposition’s verbal assault on staff, we were there to offer balance. We got in good points and even new ones.
Here’s a few quotes of those people that spoke in support:
“It’s a recreation and safety issue. We’re losing people to Fort Worth at a rate of 3:1 [in terms of home buyers].”
“I’m a motorist and cyclist, but if I felt safer I’d take my car off the road.”
“I’m thinking about the future of Arlington. We cannot look past that. My mother has said something to me for the past ten years. If you wait to have the baby until you can afford it, you will never have that baby. If we wait to build this until we can afford it, we will never build it. And people will not come here and we will not be able to compete with Fort Worth or Dallas or Grand Prairie or any other city in this Metroplex.”
“Looking at the physiques of the people in this room, we could use a lot more hiking and biking. Probably a lot of people in this room, including me, won’t be here in 30-40 years, so why are we getting our panties in such a twist?”