One would think such must be the case with a need being seen for a “Hometown Voices” seminar on Dec. 12 bringing in experts to help Greater Rome be more effective at advocating on its own behalf.
Cited as examples where community concerns have been heard too faintly by the powers-the-be are regarding the U.S. 411 Connector and getting some action on what to do with the closed Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital.
According to City Commissioner Buzz Wachsteter, “We’ve been told we don’t present our issues well. The appropriate parties are apparently not hearing from us. They are hearing from the paid folks for the Rollins family.”
Pardon, but that has nothing to do with eloquence. It has everything to do with clout, throwing money around to wine/dine the right folks and having elected state representatives who play the “go along to get along” game instead biting the hands that won’t feed their community.
The local problem, such as it is, has less to do with smooth presentations and public relations and a lot more to do with nobody with local interests at heart being willing or able to use sharp elbows, low blows and knees to the groin in the barroom brawling that passes for government these days.
Retitle this “Hometown Voices” thing more honestly and perhaps it could do some good. It should be called: “Learning How to Scream Bloody Murder.”