Balloon Tract Sides Make Their Case
"This is not a forum to debate...".
So says Democracy Unlimited's, David Cobb, in regards to the community forum being held tonight at Eureka's Wharfinger Building. I appreciate his candor. This is just one of those "informational" meetings, as some like to call them, that likely involves preaching to the choir. They're honest enough to admit this is pretty much an organizing meeting for those against the Arkley plan with a few speakers thrown in to convince the few that show up that might still be on the fence.
Not to be outdone, the Security National folks will be having their own meeting along the same lines on Thursday. They'll be aswering questions and presenting their case for the Marina Center. I suspect there will be a lot more fence sitters showing up for this one, at least as a percentage of those attending. I suspect the anti- Arkley folks will be more likely to attend the Democracy Unlimited meeting in the first place with the fence sitters more likely to attend the Security National presentation. I wonder which one gets the largest turnout?
Which group makes the best case would be a much more difficult to judge objectively. One thing seems clear to me, though: The Marina Center proponents have a plan and it's paid for with private money. Those opposing seem to be just opposing, for the most part, because a big box store is involved and, secondly, because they prefer some sort of government project on the Balloon Tract over a private one.
I'm pretty much in the Marina Center camp but, like I said earlier, there's nothing wrong with a good old empty lot.