QUALICUM BEACH ELECTION: Tired of ‘not listening’ complaints

'Just because they make decisions or endorse positions at odds with your wishes, doesn't mean that you are right and they are wrong'

Re: candidates supposedly “not listening.”

I’m getting well and truly tired of the constant complaints that certain councillors or candidates do not “listen to” the speaker or the particular group the speaker is a member of.

I find it telling that all such complaints coming in the current campaign are from persons or groups who’ve “had things their way” for years, if not decades. Now, for the first time in a long time, there are incumbent councillors who are accepting arguments from stakeholders with some different viewpoints.

Every time you want to complain that this councillor or that candidate “doesn’t listen to you,” consider that perhaps it is a simple case of, yes, they did listen, but they just accepted the opposing position or argument as more compelling than yours.

Just because they make decisions or endorse positions at odds with your wishes, doesn’t mean that you are right and they are wrong (or “not listening”). Accept that maybe it is they, and those whose viewpoints and arguments they accepted, who are in the majority and you are the minority.

Lotar Maurer

Qualicum Beach