Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cowardice of slander

    A regrettable sight greeted visitors to the Ketchum Town Square one morning this Labor Day Weekend—an example of the presence of cowardice within our community. A select few felt compelled to publically insult several decent, honest and hardworking individuals that spend vast amounts of time dedicated to improving the economic and social conditions in this valley.
    Admittedly, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and should feel comfortable expressing that opinion in a public forum where they can be recognized. There are ways to measure success and analyze the efficacy of efforts over a reasonable period of time. We place trust in our elected officials to ascertain the best way to base and structure this analysis so that we can find consensus and move forward methodically—measuring our successes and failures along the way.
    Our public officials hire individuals best suited to execute these efforts and produce measurable outcomes. Needless to say, not everyone in a democratic process will be satisfied. There are many options available to you as a citizen of our community to express your concerns and opinions, thereby affecting outcomes. Anonymously posting slanderous signage is not one of them.
    You may think yourselves clever and coy, but your strategy is steeped in cowardice. You have isolated yourselves and shown your opinions to be like your minds—little. Your actions are an embarrassment to our community and yourselves.
    The individuals who were the targets of your slander have shown commitment, resolve and results, and deserve our respect, regardless of our political opinions. I encourage you to use the forums provided to affect the democratic process, or to find another community within which to reside. This community is dedicated to a positive and progressive political process.
Tyler Davis-Jeffers

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