I believe that I was subconsciously against taking a survey for determining the sentiments of Shorewood citizens as to what they think on issues when I first heard of the idea.
First of all, a survey is not more than a snap shot of a situation at a given time.
We won't know the detail and grain of the picture, if the picture means anything at all. How do we add up or compile sentiment?
People's sentiments, as seen recently in New Hampshire on very specific issues and depending on the time of day are difficult to register. They are of course more difficult when people haven't even thought of issues and are presented with the issues for the first time.
Development of sentiment of any weight in politics requires involvement, process and time.
I think the idea of calling in a consultant or a surveyor anytime we can't solve a problem or need time to put off solutions is ridiculous.
Why have officials been assuming they knew public sentiment, up to now? So why do they need a survey now? Probably because they've been guessing wrong all the time or perhaps to prove they're right?
Isn't it easier to bring people together, at town meetings and get the sentiments through public discussions, if only officials would allow themselves to participate?
One or two town meetings wiould accomplish more than expensive surveys that have little relationship to real perspectives. And here, in town meetings, we'd get the real thing.
The very thinking that calls for such a survey is evidence that our officials are out of touch and haven't the slightest idea as to how to get in touch.
A survey is not the way to do it, but I'm sure they're going to spend the money to prove somebody right, perhaps me.