Pontiac residents create forum for community discussions

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Given the importance of resident engagement in civic life, I was saddened to read Lynne Lavery’s article in the January 28 issue of the Pontiac Journal. In my opinion, the article criticized residents who had privately alerted the editor that there were concerns about how Pontiac council meetings are reported. Ms. Lavery’s response really missed the point.

Given the importance of resident engagement in civic life, I was saddened to read Lynne Lavery’s article in the January 28 issue of the Pontiac Journal. In my opinion, the article criticized residents who had privately alerted the editor that there were concerns about how Pontiac council meetings are reported. Ms. Lavery’s response really missed the point. People have a right to question how decisions are made, and not be disparaged for doing so. Maybe there are legitimate reasons that residents of the Municipality of Pontiac are raising these questions.
Why do I care? Public questioning of government decisions is a vital component of our democracy. It makes every action better. I believe in public participation in decisions that affect us all. I think the rationales and hard data supporting council decisions should be publicly available, and mostly I want residents’ ideas about how to make our community a better place to live, to be nurtured and mulled over, and eventually acted upon.
The newly formed Pontiac Residents’ Forum provides a place where residents of the Municipality of Pontiac can have conversations about issues that matter to them and to the community. One of the hallmarks of a healthy, vibrant community is public discourse. Come to the Forum des Résidents de PONTIAC –
PONTIAC Residents Forum facebook page and join in.

Shelia McCrindle
Pontiac