Remember when we were kids...or maybe young adults...and there was this game called "Telephone". It's where you sit in a room and whisper a sentence to the person next to you and then each person does the same until the sentence gets back to the originator of the sentence. Remember that?
The outcome, most often, is the original sentence changes so much it's nothing like the original. Folks add to it or take away or sometimes change the entire meaning.
That's sort of what I'm hearing as I knock doors in Windsor Heights in advance of the November 7th City Council Election. Let me give you a couple of examples:
- "I hear the mayor makes $200,000 dollars a year and that's why my taxes are so high?" (Nope, more like $7,000);
- "I hear they are going to cut down all the telephone poles, bury the wires, build sidewalks and charge me $10,000" (Nope);
- "I hear the city kicked out all of the businesses that were in Apple Valley!"(Nope, their leases expired..).
And so it goes and there are many more "stories"...
When I ask, "So where did you get this information?" I am told, each time... "My neighbor told me" or "I heard it at the store."
Here is the deal: If you are willing to listen to the facts, I'm willing to visit, on a regular basis. Following my successful election to the Windsor Heights City Council we'll meet twice a month for a "Coffee & Chat" or "Discussion and Drinks" prior to each City Council Meeting and we'll talk and share and listen.
Thanks for reading...remember November 7th!