I am amazed at what I read in the Town Square Forum. Yesterday, I got two different written opinions on the parcel tax for Pleasanton and I am having a hard time deciding on my vote. I opened up the Forum and thought that I would look for intelligent opinions for the citizenry and found an amazing new look at Pleasanton. It was not very pretty.
Instead of finding well thought out arguments, I found a bunch a bickering people whose arguments were weak and full of emotion. I found people calling each other names instead of writing about the issues. I found people attacking the very entity that is allowing them to view their opinions, for wanting people to identify themselves and their opinions. I found attacks on the Weekly staff for researching the issue to allow people understand all sides and then those researchers were lambasted for offering their own opinion (labeled as their own opinion) after the research. I thought the people of Pleasanton were better than that.
Now to be fair there were those that offered arguments that made sense to support their opinions and for that I thank them but to those who write in to “stir the pot” and cause a ruckus that benefits no one but to satisfy their own ego, please go away and irritate someone else. What’s more, I fully support the “registration” of people posting their thoughts in the Weekly. If you want to share your thoughts, you should be “person” enough to stand up and say that those opinions are yours. I hope no one finds a misspelled word in here or I might be under attack for being a student.
Civil discussion and good arguments are what we should strive for in communication with each other on all issues involving our community.