Janine Gates’ thoughts about how Olympia city councilmember Rhenda Strub can be a meany sometimes are posted up at Olyblog early this moring. Here’s the important part, I’d say read the whole thing too:
…I feel compelled to comment on Councilmember Strub’s inappropriate tirade against a Mr. Steve Segall who testified before you last week. It doesn’t matter what he testified about, but in this case, he was giving his viewpoints, with the best of his knowledge, on homelessness issues and dog park funding.
Ms. Strub, as we know, it is hard enough to get people to come to city hall and get up the nerve to speak publicly about anything. Your verbal attack toward him personally, and against his testimony, as I watched it live from home on TCTV, was shocking and unwarranted.
I would like to thank Councilmember Joe Hyer for immediately expressing his opinion that Mr. Segall had every right to speak to city issues – if he hadn’t, one could think that Ms. Strub spoke for all of you.
Here is audio of the actual exchange.
Ok, maybe Rhenda was being a bit pointed, but you can’t at all argue with her logic.
Olympia does spend a lot of money on the homeless and a lot more than the local government of which Mr. Segall is a citizen. He has every right to come into Olympia or Lacey or Tumwater to give his thoughts (and he’s obviously not shied away from coming into Olympia).
So, yes, for Pete’s sake, let’s let Mr. Segall commute in from the suburban sprawl out in the county to give his public comment. And, if he’s way off base, have a city council member correct him (maybe in a more friendly tone). But, don’t pretend that is was some major sin. Being active means having people disagree with you.