The silly season is upon us: municipal elections.
When else can asking questions be considered an attack? And being called left or right — an allegation?
I know because I have been called both!
I believe that municipal councils must represent all members of the community and as such, give opportunity for a cross-section of its member’s views and ideas.
Fear of differences creates polarization and anger gets in the way of clear thinking. “Party lines” actually contain more rhetoric than substance or vision.
During my many years in the local media it used to jokingly be said, “If you don’t see news — make some up; or never let the facts get in the way of a good story.”
It is your responsibility as a voter to make sure you get the facts. As you get set to vote this Saturday, think about who has the skills and abilities to move us forward with balance. It doesn’t matter what end of the boat the hole is in, as we’re all in this together.
Editor’s note: Greg Phelps is a candidate for mayor of Courtenay.