Tony Fraei is one of our regular KIN readers and often makes comments. These are always perceptive and thoughtful, and his latest effort warrants an article in itself. He was responding to Jackie Elliott’s recent piece entitled “Mannequin Madness in Kapiti”. (Scroll down to May 4.)
Behaving with dignity and moderation
By Tony Fraei
I fully agree that this (the protest Jackie referred to in her article), is just so sad.
I didn’t see this protest, however I have seen two of the regular “anti council protesters” outside the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) building and both were dressed like a couple of hobos!
In my experience people who have differing views, their absolute free right, have the most success when they:-
- Wear professional attire. The few councillors that I have met always look very ‘professional & have taken care with their grooming.
- Influence folks by the moderation and intellectual strength of their argument.
- Are fully aware that anger, bullying and boorish behaviour never changed anything. In fact just the opposite, as they play into the other parties hands.
Credit where it is due
In summary I consider that my item 2 would be a huge stretch for the folks that you refer too! Probably all the above would be!
Like a lot of retirees, I would hope, that while I see some things that I consider that the Council could do better, I consider that the folks who represent us give a tremendous amount of their time to make our community special, and it is!
So Well Done! to you all, and in my view you sure don’t deserve and shouldn’t have to put up with “the Rubbish’ that happened last Thursday.
Keep up your good work.