I guess I should understand that when the political climate in our country is so confrontational, it will probably not be any different in our local area. An important vote will be taken next week, not only on a tax increase, but also on the support or lack thereof of our present city administration.

To the editor:

I guess I should understand that when the political climate in our country is so confrontational, it will probably not be any different in our local area. An important vote will be taken next week, not only on a tax increase, but also on the support or lack thereof of our present city administration.

The Bass Pro issue has not gone well, and of course the economic situation of our country at the time is probably more to blame than anything else. You now have so many people either strongly in favor of a tax increase or against it. What appears to me to be lacking is a sincere concern for the views of all our citizens. It started with me back with the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. We can be better at showing concern for minority views, even though we have the right to do whatever the majority wants.

My greatest concern, after my growing lack of faith in our leaders’ desires to communicate fairly, is that in most cities the police and fire have the greatest political clout while our schools, also supported by property taxes, have less of a political voice. I would say the need to support our schools is much greater than the need for more police officers. I would hope the police chief would also take the same stance as our school district leaders must take – when times get tough, we will make adjustments and still try to do the best we can for our common good.

Let us realize that everyone’s view is important and try harder to listen to each other. Maybe we need the Community Mediation Center to work with our city leaders in helping them realize that mistakes can help us grow and need not make us more defensive.