Friday, April 13, 2012

Comments were misinterpreted


In the March 23 coverage of that week's Hailey City Council meeting, what I said with regard to the Woodside project was: "We have spent $900,000 on the Woodside project without moving a teaspoon of dirt." My comments referenced the "efficiency conundrum" presented by the Idaho Mountain Express in its coverage of Blaine Manor. Citizens supply a considerable amount of revenue to local government, which is often spent without commensurate benefit accomplished on behalf of citizens.

I never expressed any objections to the City moving forward with the Woodside project and did not "question the wisdom of spending taxpayer funds on the project," as was reported in the Mountain Express on March 23. The speaker before me was opposed to the project, and I indicated that I shared his concerns over the city's finances.

In my "heated exchange" with the mayor after he misrepresented my comments, I insisted that he "not put words in my mouth" and that "I support the Woodside project." Again, never in my comments did I express any opposition to the Woodside project. I simply identified multiple projects where citizens might question the "value" relative to expenditures. In these tough economic times, we should be insisting on the maximum bang for the bucks.

Everyone processes communication through their own personal filter. Resulting interpretation often reflects inaccuracies or an absence of relevant context. We are only human, after all. I felt in this instance it was important that my comments not be distorted, whether intentional or not.

William F. Hughes

Hailey




About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of mtexpress.com and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads



 Local Weather 
Search archives:


Copyright © 2020 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.