And here is the delicately-skillful coda to Friday’s meeting/my outraged post.
Speaker Man told Edward that he should write a “nice” email to raise his issue. And Edward has done him one better, writing a lovely email thick with chapter-and-verse detail backing up the comment he made Friday. It’s calm, measured, and entirely on point. I might have been able to go that far, but Edward does me one better, too. He is generous. He raises the dialogue far above the hiss-and-spit level to which Speaker Man lowered it. He gives Speaker Man and Facilitator Woman the benefits of many doubts. He is … well, he is exactly the man I’ve always known him to be.
I shared my “Speaker Man” post with Edward. He liked it, but his own writing is so much stronger. His level response to Speaker Man is scathing in its gentle insistence on civility and the laying out of facts. He is the kind of deft, razor-sharp advocate the table-beaters — of 50 years ago and today — love. The community residents and the field he champions are lucky, lucky, lucky.
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