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Rep. Selcer’s Transportation Town Hall

After attending Rep. Selcer’s Aug. 14 town hall meeting, I told my husband it was a great meeting except for the woman who was trying to monopolize the meeting. So it was a surprise to learn that Donna Azarian felt that she was “met with hostility by SWLRT supporters” at that meeting.  Ms. Azarian was given ample time to express her concerns. It was only after her 3rd or 4th restatement of the same point that Rep. Selcer respectfully asked that others be given a turn to speak. When Ms. Azarian ignored that request, someone in the audience asked her to give someone else a chance to talk.  Hostile?  No, simply a response to someone being disrespectful of others.

Ms. Azarian was obviously there to be heard and not to listen, because she incorrectly stated Rep. Hornstein’s comments. He did not imply that we are building the SWLRT to benefit people 100 years from now. He said we are not only looking at today’s needs, but are attempting to plan for the next 50 to 100 years as well. Given the amount of time and money it takes to plan and build transportation systems, it makes sense to try to understand the future needs of our community.

Town hall meetings give us an opportunity to learn more about important topics that affect us all. Just as important, it is community meetings like this that give us a chance to practice civil discourse — something sadly lacking in politics today.

Jan Eian
Eden Prairie
Eden Prairie News, September 5, 2013

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