Given the rhetoric that’s found it’s way into the media regarding the Sublette 9 proposal for revenue sharing, you can understand why new Sublette Examiner Editor Ron Aiken chose to title his editorial in the March 22nd edition “There Will Be Blood”; perhaps a deft allegory to the 2007 film of the same name (I drink your milkshake).
And perhaps the timing of the editorial may have been in response to the public meetings that were scheduled by both school districts this week. I can’t speak for the meeting at Sublette 9, but there certainly wasn’t blood at our meeting Tuesday night. It was, in my opinion, a highly professional and respectful affair. And that has to be attributed to all speakers, both Red and Green.
It was also obvious that not much has changed in the way that both sides view the issue. That’s probably not surprising to most. But if there’s a significant takeaway from this, it’s that regardless of wherever we go next and whatever the outcome, collectively we have the capacity to do this with similar decorum.
My sincere thanks to all of the participants at our Community Impact Meeting. We proved that we can disagree without being disagreeable and that there doesn’t have to be blood.