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Letter: Challenge for council to take citizen survey

Original post made on Oct 30, 2012

Whoever is elected to the Atherton City Council, now is the time for our five elected representatives to set a new direction and standard of governance. We no longer want or can afford 3-2 votes and a divided and an uncivil council.

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Posted by Thanks but disagree
a resident of Atherton: other
on Oct 30, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Mr. Carpeneter should be commended for his generous offer.

However, unanimity has no place in politics, which by nature involves dissent and debate.

True enough, in a perfect world, we can use this disagreement to enhance our own points of view and not engage in any personally destructive behavior.

But I'd take the petty and vindictive behavior that unfortunately usually comes along eith disagreement any day over unanimity. That is, unless one expects only resolutions supporting mom and apple pie.

For this reason, unanimity is even more deadly for the "important" issues.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Nov 1, 2012 at 5:13 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

"unanimity is even more deadly for the "important" issues."

In my nine years as a Director of the MPFPD we NEVER decided an important issue on a split vote. This was accomplished by working very hard to understand each other's perspectives and then finding the best solution for the citizens whom we served.