Char­lottesville’s model process

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION - letters@wash­post.com

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

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