Charlottesville’s model process
Regarding the Feb. 9 Metro article “Battle over Old South rises again in Virginia”:
I do not support the proposal to move the statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville’s downtown. I am not convinced such an action is legal or that it is the best way to work for racial justice in our city. It is important to note, however, that the process the City Council followed, combining many public meetings with open discussions at council meetings and seeking transparency throughout, was a model of democratic government.
Sure, I didn’t get my way. But I had ample opportunity to make myself heard and, if I decide to make this a deciding issue at the next council election, I know whom to vote for and whom to vote against. So, while I disagree with the council’s decision, I applaud the way our local government functioned.
The openness and accountability that the Charlottesville City Council showed should be a model for our state and national governments.
Manuel Lerdau, Charlottesville