What they said:
We’ll have an open and transparent public process. We want to have a great public process. We need to hear from the public. I’m not hearing enough from the public. We’ll give the public a chance to weigh in. Come and speak freely at meetings. This will be an open and transparent public process. Your comments are really important. We’ll have a project web site to collect comments.
Then they said:
The website comments are self-selecting and biased. You’ve already spoken for three minutes! You need to wrap it up. So emotional. Those news articles don’t apply to us. No looking back. Look to the future, now! We know the majority of the public says they want Rescue but we’re voting against it. We have information the public doesn’t have.
Then they say:
There are lots of opportunities for you, the public, to weigh in now that we have chosen the municipal EMS model. You can come and speak at meetings. We’ll have a project website. The great thing is you have control over EMS now . It’s up to you! We’ll have public forums and opportunities for you to weigh in. It will be open and transparent.
Now for some sarcasm: Hopefully Brattleboro will do as good a job with EMS as is done with town roads, downtown safety, affordable housing, the parking garage, and so on. : )