There is a faction in our community that labels many of their neighbours as “naysayers” for having differing views or raising questions and concerns about various development projects. This labeling is extremely divisive, and is counterproductive to good democratic debate.
I, too, could describe anyone who disagrees with me as a naysayer. I choose to avoid this because I genuinely believe that everyone’s opinion is of value and should be respected.
I prefer to spend my energy exploring all the facts, and working with positive people to examine issues from several angles so we can arrive at intelligent compromises that are good for our town’s ambience, environment, and long-term economic health.
So, who are the real naysayers? Are they the folks who want intelligent debate on the issues? Or are they the people who divide our community by attaching negative labels to anyone who doesn’t blindly buy into everything developers tell them in the name of progress?