Letter to the Editor: Pinewood
The great thing about democracy is the freedom and ability to voice one’s opinion. Sometimes that opinion is not appreciated by others as it flies in the face of what they perceive as right; and subsequently people feel threatened.
The potential development between Pinewood and Happy Valley is a case in point. The reality is that the developer has bought the property and started to change it and that there is a neighbourhood living next to that change. Unless one or the other moves, both parties must exist in, and live together in this town; this is just fact.
It would seem to be in the best interests of either side to extend an olive branch and agree to disagree, but be civil in as much as not targeting, making accusations, threats or personal denunciations in an attempt to further one’s convictions. Open communication and information perhaps in the form of a meeting is what is needed to make this more concilliatory for both sides. Constant negativity coupled with misinformation or the lack of consistent and respectful information has fuelled this debate.
Perhaps we all need to follow the basic lessons from kindergarten; respect each other, be considerate, don’t call each other names and exercise good judgment. Let’s start talking to each other instead of about each other.