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Dear City Council Members ...

Town hall meetings are an open forum. We shouldn't have to pre-register our questions.

Dear City Council Members,

It has been brought to my attention that you would like the questions for the town hall meeting e-mailed ahead of time. Town hall meetings are an open forum and we should not have to pre- register our questions. I think this request could be misconstrued as an attempt to control and lead the conversation. How can we ask questions if we don't know the answers to the first few? This request voids the ability to ask lead in questions with follow up answers. Also this move appears like you would like an opportunity to pick and choose the questions or perhaps have them reviewed ahead of time by legal council. 

Please allow for an open forum.

Sincerely,

Tony Huber

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Mandy Meisner July 18, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Tony, I don't blame you for posting this blog, had I believed questions needed to be pre-registered, I would too. I agree with you, demanding pre-approved questions isn't right. My understanding is that the City is currently developing a meeting format to best address Cluster concerns. Nothing has been decided yet. Nothing. IF a Town Hall is the way they will go, no one is required to have pre-approved questions. Pardon my sarcasm here, it's hard to think misunderstandings/misinformation can happen on the Cluster Facebook page, but I believe this is what has happened. Ann Bolkcom had said any questions regarding this can be emailed to the City, generally (if this is where the misunderstanding came from. I'm not sure).
Tony Huber July 18, 2012 at 02:39 AM
I really appreciate you posting a response and agree that misunderstandings can happen. I think the reason I decided to post was to voice my opinion before a decision was reached. I was being proactive in response to what I had been hearing so I could help diffuse the situation before it got to the point that it may have, if nobody took the time to speak out against the possibility of not having an actual open forum. My comments were not meant in anyway to offend anybody nor cause friction during an already difficult time for all residents, past, present and future. This was originally just my opinion and plea, it was after my posts I learned my concerns were apparently shared by many. I'm glad we can all work together to do what's right. Thank you for posting. Tony Huber
Mandy Meisner July 18, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Your welcome Tony. I see your posts on the Cluster page, and they advocate reason and fairness (thank you!). If you could do me a favor, and please share this new information at the Cluster page. I have chosen to not be part of of it, so can't comment. I encourage you to use Mr. Mury Johnson's new website, as it truly looks like a collaborative space for all perspectives, and a tool to make real progress about this. Keep sharing your thoughts! Mandy Meisner

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