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More options Oct 9 2007, 3:20 pm
Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2007 19:20:21 -0000
Subject: Re: $40M Sprawl Magnet?

These posts remind me of a quote one of my mentors used to describe
why she decided to work for the government.
"Public business must always be done by somebody. It will be done by
somebody or other. If wise men decline, others will not; if honest
men refuse it, others will not." - John Adams
I think there is value to your concerns, especially in the correct
forum. To my understanding, the whole idea of studying complex systems
is to look at how small things can and do make big changes. So
instead of lamenting the state of the system, I think it would be more
interesting to look at what things have been done and COULD be done
that would involve the public in a decision process like this one. I
think to a certain extent a LARGE portion of the public often doesn't
want to be involved, they want government to do it- make the decision,
so they don't have to worry about it. It's one thing to write a letter
to the editor or post on a blog, and quite another to give up
watching your favorite Tuesday night TV show to go to a community
meeting. That is what I see as the overall systemic problem. I would
counter that some of the issues and decisions mentioned in these posts
are symptoms of the disease of civic apathy.
*And for the record, I too would rather see $ go toward hurricane
preparedness, health care and mass transit.

Eric Reply2