Comment 103481

By DowntownInHamilton (registered) | Posted July 25, 2014 at 05:58:52 in reply to Comment 103465

Fairly straightforward, but I guess you're stunned due to the op-ed piece (wait, RTH readers are now under the microscope? They are being pushed off their high horse? They are being identified as a special interest group that only talks to themselves, and is infuriated when nobody else listens?

Let's break it down, since you need the help:

Fact is those who vote don't want LRT and the community engagement[typo fixed] done many years ago was massaged to elicit positive responses then and is out of date now.

So, the writer is saying that people who are civically engaged and vote don't want LRT. The community engagement that was done years ago was massaged to get positive responses which I think is referring to how the questions were phrased and asked, or that in the case of multiple choice questions, had loaded questions and answers. You know, something like:

Q: what's the weather like today?

A1: Fantastic!

A2: Great!

A3: Wonderful!

A4: Not as good as yesterday, but looking forward to tomorrow!

When we could just as easily get answers like "bad", "cold", "too hot", "indifferent", "My cat's breath smells like cat food", or no response at all. Or, open it up to writing an essay response.

And the final thought is that the community engagement is now out of date as it was done too long ago.

Does it make sense now?

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