Brief Recap: Town Hall Meeting with Guest Speaker Brad Dacus

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4 months ago

[…] Sierra NOW wrote 2 articles on the meeting, and those can be found here and […]

Anonymous
Anonymous
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4 months ago

Mr Vetter seemed to forget that people came together- and gave their lives, in WWII to preserve our democracy- acting for the common good, not just for themselves. Soldiers would be rolling in their graves at the thought that many people now cannot act selflessly to help reduce the scourge of COVID-19.Masks have clearly been shown to slow the spread of a deadly virus; they save lives. Is that really such an awful burden for people? Soldiers were asked to sacrifice their lives-wearing a mask is nothing in comparison

Jesse Steele
Jesse Steele
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Reply to  Anonymous
4 months ago

Well said

Nanette
Nanette
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Reply to  Anonymous
4 months ago

Seriously! My soldier is in the homestretch of a 20-year active duty career and it’s my understanding that service members do what they’re told, for the good of the collective. You’re right! Wearing a mask is the very least we can do to protect the more vulnerable among us. 💙

Alan
Alan
Guest
4 months ago

Just a quick question. Apparently you were upset by your inability to film and I believe I heard you make comment along the line of” if you have nothing to hide why would you not allow filming”. I am assuming the Church is private property and as such they have every right to not allow filming or recordings to take place out of their control. Also along that line of thought would you be in agreement that teaching sessions taking place in our public schools can and should be filmed and given public access?

Jesse Steele
Jesse Steele
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Reply to  Alan
4 months ago

Teaching sessions aren’t labelled as “Town Hall Events” for the public to attend. Children’s rights to be protected are far stronger than adults in a “public meeting” also taken more seriously, clearly. Also Classrooms are protected and not meant to be scrutinized by the public or media. While I do completely agree that schools and classrooms should be transparent, the analogy is comparing apples to oranges. A public event labelled as such, discussing political hot topic issues that effect the community, being given by an organization often touted as a “hate group”….yeah, they should not hide what they are discussing. Poorly thought out plan. Especially when it was not only against government mandate to be there maskless, but down right not safe to be in an attendance of a crowd that size. Many people were unwilling to come and would have loved to be able to see the meeting. But instead, it just looks shady now. Also, 2 people announced their candidacy for office from the event…. that was just silly to not allow media to do our job. But, I am glad you wrote and I would love to discuss this further! Thanks Alan 🙂

Alan
Alan
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Reply to  Jesse Steele
4 months ago

OK, so the discussion has started, just as I wanted. You’re right, the classroom is not the same as a “town hall” meeting. Childrens rights can be protected by camera placement and “bleeping” if a name is used. Quite simple really.I will ask you WHY are classrooms NOT to be scrutinized by the public, media or, God forbid, parents. A public event discussing hot topics as you call them should be open to everyone and if they wish to mask to attend that is absolutely fine. Not going because many people are not following a “mandate” is your choice. I must say, I love pointing out hypocrisy and if “masking” is going to save us all then I would recommend looking at OSHA suggestions for masking and beards……just saying, beards make masking efficacy useless at best. As for calling any organization a “hate group” please be very, very careful. Some could just as easily call the Southern Center for Poverty a “hate group” based on their apparent judgement of groups that disagree with their beliefs. A persons beliefs on LGBTQ issues do not meet the standard for “hate”. Agreeing to disagree is foundational to our society. In my humble opinion trying to silence someone for beliefs different than your own is hateful in and of itself. I am a Christian and yes, I have different beliefs on a lot of issues than others. I do strongly support your right as the press to be present at the event and as far as I can tell you were not told you could not attend, just not video or record. I would caution you to make sure that if you are going to suggest that something “shady” was going on that you label your report as editorializing, not news. Thanks

Nanette
Nanette
Guest
4 months ago

Thank you for being there! Great reporting and great live stream from outside of the event last night!

Jesse Steele
Jesse Steele
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Reply to  Nanette
4 months ago

Why thank you!

Margy
Margy
Guest
4 months ago

Thank you reporting on an event that so many of us could not attend due to the unsafe actions of others.

Last edited 4 months ago by Margy
Jesse Steele
Jesse Steele
Admin
Reply to  Margy
4 months ago

That was my biggest gripe. So many people reached out to me to film it so they could see. They were interested but not willing to sit in a petrie dish. Oh well. Hope everyone is safe and not viruses were spread.